By Kallie Stahl
Our mental health changes on a daily basis. It’s been a tough few years, and now more than ever, its imperative that we don’t neglect our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Five of the top 10 monographs requested on the Online Community Library Center (OCLC) InterLibrary Loan (ILL) network for April 2022 were titles pertaining to mental health: Anxious People by Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, The Mountain Is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery by Brianna Wiest, and Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear.
While you know your own mind and body, and what works (and doesn’t) work for you, I’ve listed a few resources that may be of interest as we close out Mental Health Awareness Month.
- The Villanova Counseling Center is available to help you with personal and emotional concerns. All services are free of charge to students and appointments are typically available within a week upon request. Appointments are flexible and staff will work with your class schedule. “Telehealth appointments may be available on a limited basis with the caveat that clients must be physically located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Pennsylvania law.” You can schedule an appointment by calling 610-519-4050 weekdays between 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; stopping by the Counseling Center (located on the second floor of the Health Services building at the Villanova University main entrance on Ithan Avenue, across from The Pavilion and Bartley Hall); or by submitting this form.
- The Villanova Student Health Center provides health care to students. In addition to sick visits, the health center provides confidential HIV and STD testing, immunizations, laboratory testing, women’s health, allergy clinic, and more. During the summer semester, the Student Health Center is open for in-person and virtual visits Monday—Thursday: 8 a.m.—4 p.m. (closed from 12—1 p.m.); Friday—Sunday: closed. Call 610-519-4070 to schedule an appointment. The Student Health Center is located on the third floor of the Health Services building.
- The Office of Health Promotion is a resource for Villanova students on information pertaining to the six dimensions of health and well-being: social, physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional, and spiritual. Health Promotion staff members are trained to provide educational information on nutrition, fitness, sexual health, and more. The office sponsors a variety of programming and events, well-being coaching, and online courses. For more information, call 610-519-7407 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by the first floor of the Health Services building. Access the Thrive 365 portal for customized health tips and tools.
- The Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness is open from 7 a.m.—7 p.m.: Monday—Thursday; Friday—Sunday: closed. Be sure to bring your Wildcard to access the gym. There’s also plenty of parks nearby. This blog has a list of walking trails within 30 miles of campus.
- Check out these free sleep apps to help develop regular sleep patterns and healthy sleep habits.
- Try these tips for stress relief. If you enjoy meditation, visit this blog to aid your mindfulness practice this summer.
- Looking to strengthen your spiritual health? Catholic mass is offered daily at 12:05 p.m. in Corr Chapel. All students are welcome to join. Sunday mass at the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish is offered at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There are many multifaith communities nearby. Visit Campus Ministry’s website for a listing of prayer and worship off campus.
- Explore Falvey Library’s collection for more resources. Sarah Hughes, Nursing and Life Sciences Librarian, and Merrill Stein, Psychology Librarian, compiled a few readings for positive well-being.
Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.