Message of Care from the University Counseling Center

Shoemaker Building on the UMD campus
Friday, December 15, 2017

The approaching end of the Fall semester may bring added stress from studying for exams, completing projects, preparing for December graduation, and making plans for the winter break.

Stress is a normal part of college life that may show up as:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Pulling back from friends
  • Getting into arguments
  • Drinking more than you usually do
  • Procrastinating
  • Feeling tense
  • Feeling ill

If you experience these common symptoms of stress, try these links to self-care strategies:

These links provide additional helpful information:

10 Study Tips
Suicide Warning Signs
6 Myths About Stress
Stress Tips
Six Steps to Survive the Holiday Season After Loss

When stress reaches a point that you have trouble managing daily responsibilities, struggle more than usual with academic work, or feel hopeless, it may be time to seek professional help. The following resources are available on campus:

The Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building

The Mental Health Service in the Health Center 301.314.8106

Learning Assistance Service, Counseling Center

University Chaplains, Memorial Chapel

After-hours crisis counseling from the Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

As you head into the final days of the semester, your greatest challenge may be to manage stress. Self-care is critically important at this time, and that includes asking for help. Know that we can help!

The University Counseling Center
Shoemaker Building