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Self-Help Resources

Mental Health Screening:

Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. To take a confidential and no-cost mental health screening now, visit

Self-Help Resources:

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Academic Stress/Problems

The Academic Success Center offers assessment and instruction in reading writing, mathematics, study skills, and alternative learning strategies.


RIT Counseling and Psychological Services offers a stress reduction group. Call 475-2261 for details.  Additional academic support centers may be available in your department. Ask at your department office.



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Adjusting to University Life / Missing and Visiting Home

There is an extensive list of RIT Student Affairs Services on the home page, including student clubs and organizations, study skills assistance, calendar of events, etc.

For pamphlets on homesickness and loneliness, see the Depression, etc. section of The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection.

Stop loneliness has links to articles and information about loneliness and strategies to be more connected.


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Alcohol and Drug Problems

SAISD provides Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism answers frequently asked questions about alcohol.

The Alcoholics Anonymous website.

The Narcotics Anonymous website.

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Anger Problems

Controlling Anger - Before It Controls You is an excellent online brochure at the American Psychological Association Web site.

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RIT Counseling and Psychological Services offers anxiety and stress reduction groups.  Call 475-2261 (v-tty) for details.

The Anxiety section of Psych Central has a wealth of information on anxiety and panic.

The Shyness Home Page gathers network resources on shyness.

See the Anxiety section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

See also the Panic Attacks section of this page.

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Autism Spectrum

Autism Resources Links:  Links to many sites about autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

ASPEN:  Education, support, and advocacy for individuals and families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities:  Resources, links, fact sheets, FAQs.

Spectrum Support Program – RIT

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Psychology Today has a useful section on assertiveness with a variety of articles. 

Complete an on-line assertiveness questionnaire, How Self-Assertive Are You?©, by Donald A. Cadogan, Ph.D.


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Attention Deficit Disorder

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association has many excellent resources, including Information for ADD adults.

See the Attention Deficit Disorder section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Child Abuse Effects

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages have a wealth of scholarly resources on emotional trauma from interpersonal violence as well as natural disasters and other causes.

The Safe Child/Child Abuse site defines child abuse (sexual, physical and emotional) and discusses the effects of abuse.

Also, see the Abuse section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Compulsive Behaviors

Information about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder signs, symptoms and treatment can be found at the International OCD Foundation website. 

The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Concerned About Someone Else

Please visit our Concerned About a Friend page.

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NTID has developed a list of Web site links for both RIT and Internet resources on deafness.

Deaf Resource Library is an on-line collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about deaf culture.

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Depression or Other Mood Problems

Understanding Depression from APA online.

There are a wealth of resources at the DepressionBipolar Disorder, and Suicide sections of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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A site for many links is Divorce Source.

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Domestic/Relationship Violence

RIT’s Center for Women and Gender is an excellent on campus resource with trained professionals to assist you with questions/concerns in this area.       

Blain Nelson's Abuse Pages is a comprehensive Web site dealing with violence in intimate relationships.

National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE 1-800-799-7233
TDD: 1-800-787-3224

This is a national 24-hour hotline, staffed by trained counselors who are ready to provide immediate crisis assistance. Callers can be connected directly to help in their own communities, including emergency services and shelters. The counselors can also provide information and referrals for a variety of non-emergency services, including counseling for adults and children, and assistance in reporting abuse. They have an extensive database of domestic violence treatment providers in all US states and territories. Many staff members speak languages besides English, and they have 24- hour access to translators for approximately 150 languages. For the Deaf/Hard of Hearing there is a TDD number. All calls to the hotline are confidential, and callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

The Abuse section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Eating Problems

RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers counseling support and the RIT Student Health Center offers medical support to people with eating problems.

The Eating Disorders section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net

Please click here for an expanded list of resources regarding eating disorders

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Family Problems
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Gambling Problems

Gamblers Anonymous

You can call the 24-hour number of the Compulsive Gambling Center: 1-800-332-0402 or the local Gambler's Anonymous Number: 453-2363

National Council on Problem Gambling


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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley has a Gay Source Info Line (244-8640) with local and national information, referrals, and support.

The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuality Resources section of the Mental Health Net.

The Q Center at RIT.

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Grieving / Death of a Loved One

The Grief and Bereavement Issues section of Mental Health Net.

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Internet Addiction

The Center for Internet Addiction has many available resources.

Internet Addiction Guide from Psych Central.

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Medications for Emotional Problems

The counselors at the RIT Counseling and Psychological Services may refer you to meet with a psychiatrist in the Student Health Center for a medication evaluation, if that seems warranted.

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Men's Issues  has information and resources for males dealing with a wide scope of concerns.

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Obsessive Thoughts or Fantasies

The Awareness Foundation for OCD and Related Disorders has numerous helpful resources.

The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Panic Attacks has a useful page of information and self-help resources for managing panic attacks.

The Anxiety section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

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Understand the traits of a perfectionist.

An on-line brochure from the University of Illinois discusses the self-defeating aspects of perfectionism.

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Public Safety

The CARES program at the RIT Center for Women and Gender is a comprehensive program for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.  Call 295-3533 24 hours/day to speak with a CARES counselor.

If you wish to speak to a counselor regarding a sexual assault after hours, you may call Public Safety (475-3333) and ask to speak to an RIT crisis counselor.

To report an incident, contact Public Safety to file a report (475-2583)

Planned Parenthood has a 24-hour Rape Crisis Service, accessible by calling 546-2777 or 1-866-600-6886.

The Office on Violence Against Women, a website of the U.S. Department of Justice has links to many online resources.

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Relationship Problems
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Self Confidence

Psychology Today has a number of articles on recognizing/overcoming barriers to self-confidence.      

This University of Illinois brochure provides useful pointers on addressing self-confidence issues.

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Though often hidden, this problem is more common than most realize, and people who injure themselves can greatly benefit from therapy and, in some cases, medication.

Self-injury Outreach and Support:  Provides information for those who self-harm and people who care about them.  Provides resources and information about treatment and recovery

S.A.F.E. Alternatives: Provides information about self-harm and treatment

Healthy Place provides resources for understanding and addressing self-injury.

Alternatives to Self Injury

See also the Suicidal Thoughts/Actions section of this page.

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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is not tolerated at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The official Discrimination and Harassment Policy is written in the Student's Rights and Responsibilities. If you are unsure whether or not you are being sexually harassed, you can call the Omsbud's Office (545-0867) for a consultation to make that determination.

RIT Center for Women and Gender

RIT Title IX Rights and Resources

Sexual Harassment Hotline Resource List

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Sexual and Domestic Violence

Willow Domestic Violence Center (Formerly Alternatives for Battered Women, Rochester ABW)- 24-Hour Hotlines: Phone (585) 232-7353 | TTY (585) 232-1741

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network Hotline- 1-800-799-7233

National Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-800-799-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline-1- 877-995-5247

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Sexual Problems

Sexual addiction is described and treatments suggested on the links from this site.

Symptoms of various sexual problems are described on links from this site.

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Sleep Difficulties

The National Sleep Foundation has information about sleep disorders such as insomnia, excessive sleepiness, sleep apnea, restless legs, etc.

Sleep Problems are the focus of the links from this Psych Central site.

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Social Anxieties and Fears

RIT Counseling & Psychological Services offers group therapy, which can be extremely helpful for people with these types of problems.

The Self Esteem section of Psych Central has links to useful sites.

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RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers ongoing stress management workshop sessions.

Stress Management skills including organization, relaxation, coping skills, exercise, and support systems can be found at About Stress Management.

The American Institute of Stress has information on many stress-related topics.

Mind Tools has a number of stress reduction ideas.

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Substance Abuse and Addiction

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Action Hotline-1-800-888-9383

Rochester Alcoholics Anonymous (585) 232-6720
Drug Helpline: (800) 662-HELP (4357)

Combat Heroin NY HOPEline 1-877-846-7369 is a hotline in New York State to provide information and referrals to callers in need.  The website gives information about statistics and resources about heroin and prescription drug abuse in New York State.

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Suicidal Thoughts/Actions

Emergency Services are available at RIT Counseling and Psychological Services during working hours, and after hours as well. From 8:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday, call 475-2261 and ask to schedule an emergency appointment.  After 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends and holidays, call 475-3333, which will connect you with Public Safety. They will contact an on-call CPS counselor, if appropriate.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education has extensive information about depression and suicide prevention.

Suicide...Read This First.  Take 5 minutes to read this if you're feeling suicidal.

Fingerlakes area 211 Lifeline- Call 211/TTY 275-2700  (

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

Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386.  The Trevor Project is a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young adults. (

TransLifeLine (877) 565-8860 is a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

There are many resources at the Suicide section of the Self-Help Resources of Mental Health Net.

See also the Self-Injury section of this page.

Rochester Area Life Line and Community Mobile Crisis Team (585) 275-5151

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


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Women's Issues

RIT Center for Women and Gender provides programs and services so RIT women can be personally and academically successful.

The American Association for University Women is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.

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