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Kansas State University
Counseling Services
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm

785-532-3932 (fax)

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Self-Help Resources

The staff at Counseling Services recognizes that students have many demands placed upon them. We offer a variety of online programs and resources in order to provide services that fit into your schedule. Our online offerings include:

In addition to those sites listed above the following resource list provides a variety of self-help resources. Even though we've developed this list carefully, you may find ideas with which you disagree. Here are some recommendations on how to use this list:

  • Don't accept an idea just because it comes from a reputable source. If the suggestions made by the site don't fit your life, be cautious. You may want to think about the situation awhile longer before implementing something you read.
  • Talk about anything that puzzles you with a trusted psychologist or therapist.
  • If you decide to try a new approach to a problem, try it for a limited time. If you like the results, continue. If not, maybe the suggestion isn't for you.

Locating the right website can be a daunting task! Search engines can produce thousands of hits for you. But which sites are reliable? To help sift through the possibilities, our staff has evaluated a number of sites. We've tried to narrow the list down to just a few sites on each topic.

Can a website be useful? At times, yes. You can gather information, resources, ideas, book suggestions, and much more. Some sites, for example, describe various mental health patterns, and give diagnostic and treatment information.

Most of the sites are sponsored by one of the following:

  • Major universities
  • Governmental organizations that specialize in mental health
  • Non-profit foundations devoted to certain problems
  • Sites created by mental health professionals

KS: Community Mental Health Centers and other Resources: A list of Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas.

List of organizations that specialize in mental health issues: This section lists professional associations of mental health professionals. The websites contain much helpful information, and some have fact sheets or other resources of information.

Mental Health libraries, containing articles on many topics: These sites offer information on a wide variety of mental health topics. Most contain separate fact sheets on disorders, or present more in depth articles on mental health topics.

Alphabetical list of mental health topics: Self-help materials provided by various organizations and helpful links. Though we think the links provided may be helpful to you, we do not endorse or promote those sites, the groups who have offered the information on the Internet, or the advertisements or offers made on those sites promoting services.

To learn more information or to access these services, use the links below.



Academic Anxiety

For many students academic anxiety is an all too familiar part of life. Learn how to face the the school year, coursework, and tests without all that extra anxiety.

Getting Ready for Finals
Important Words in Essay Questions
Preparing for Finals
Strategies for Essay Test Taking
Suggestions for Taking Essay Tests

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Academic Skills

College can be overwhelming, but there are many ways to improve your academic skills, and make the most of your time in college. On this page you'll find resources on how to stay organized, study effectively, and ace your exams.

Aspire Study System
Basics on How to Study
Declaring a Major
Effective Study Habits
End Game
How to Cram Effectively
How to Organize Your Studies
I Can't Concentrate
Index Card Study System
Joy of Learning
Learning in Style
Strategies for Test Taking
Study Tips
Tips for Math Exams
Tips for Multiple Choice Exams
Tips for Open Book Exams
Tips for Oral Exams
Tips for Short Answer Exams
Tips for True or False Exams

Suzy's Strategies

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Test Anxiety

Learn more about text anxiety, and how to combat it so that you can face those exams head on!

Test Anxiety

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Career Planning

No matter where you are in life, finding a job can feel overwhelming.  On this page you'll find tips for choosing a career, effective job hunting, and acing that interview so that you can snag that perfect job for you!

Emotional Wellness Career Choice
Looking for a Job is a Job
Phone Interview Tips

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Mental Health


Learn about what anxiety is, and how to manage it. 

Anxiety Disorders
Dealing With Setbacks
Generalized Anxiety Disorders
Techniques for Managing Worry

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Depression affects more than 19 million American adults aged 18 and older; it affects almost 10 percent of American adults.  Learn the facts about what depression is, and how you can manage the symptoms.

5 Tips to Avoid Depression
Black Dog
Facts About Depression

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Body & Eating Concerns

If you have eating concerns, there are resources available to assist you. Check out http://www.k-state.edu/lafene/disorderedeating.pdf for local resources and more information.

Visit the link to find out more information about body image, and eating disorders, as well as how to recognize the warning signs.

A Comprehensive Guide to Eating Disorders and How to Help

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Other Mental Health Concerns

Bipolar Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Here and There
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk for suicide. Learn more about the risks of suicide, and how to help yourself and others who may be struggling with suicide.

Coping with Death from Suicide
Life is for Living
Myths vs. Truths About Suicide
Teen Suicide Stats
Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Individual

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Recognizing Distress

It can be hard to help yourself when you're struggling, and even harder to help someone else in need. On this page you will find information and resources on how to recognize when others may need help, and what you can do to support them.

Recognizing Students in Distress

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Life Skills


Standing up for your wants and needs can be hard. Learn more about assertiveness, and how to express yourself in order to get what you need in life.

Assertiveness 101
Saying No with Finesse

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Communication Skills

Communication is an important part of life, and necessary for success. Learn how to communicate in a healthy, productive way that will help you to build healthy relationships in all aspects of your life.

Dealing with Emotional People
Developing Empathy
Developing Listening Skills
Feeling Word List
Fighting Clean
Reflective Listening
Tips for Good Relationships with Instructors

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Goal Setting

Here you will find tips on how to set goals for yourself, and keep yourself on track as you work towards success!

Designing Self Rewards
Goal Setting
Setting Priorities and Action Plans
Tips for Setting Goals

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Healthy Behaviors

Nutrition, sleep, and exercise all play important roles in keeping you both healthy, and happy. This page contains information and tips on how to take care of your physical health through exercise, sleep, and nutrition, so that you can be on your way to becoming your best self!

Great Wealth is Health
Getting Started on an Exercise Program
Signs of Over Training
Top Activities that Burn Calories
Top Ten Reasons to Exercise
TV Fitness
A Little on Nutrition
Combating a Sweet Tooth
Comfort Foods
Food Safety Tips for College Students
Ideals for a Healthy Beginning
Plating it Safe
Tips for Dining Out
Your Healthy Eating Plan

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Life Skills

For many people, college is a time of transition and learning to be on your own. Managing your finances, apartment hunting, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and taking care of yourself can all be challenging at first. On this page you will find information about how to manage the transition into independent living and make the most of this new stage of life.

Living in Your First Apartment
Question of the Week:  Living Spaces -- A Video
Pets During College
Tips for Moving
Building an Emergency Fund
Funding College in a Downturn
It Can Happen to You -- Avoid Scams and Protect Your Identity
Living Frugally
Maintaining a Student Budget
Managing Debt
Planning a Home Purchase
Responsible Credit
Saving for Retirement
Laundry in College

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Personal Safety

Find ways to practice personal safety on campus, at home, and wherever else you may find yourself.

Improving Personal and Campus Safety

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Problem Solving

Everyone faces problems at one point or another, how you handle them makes all the difference. Find ways to effectively face and solve the problems you encounter in college.

Helping Students Who Seem Troubled

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Road Trips
Your Virtual Identity Online

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Physical Health

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries are a major public health challenge. Those who are at special risk are male adolescents; and young adults aged 15 – 24. Learn more about TBIs on this page, and how you can reduce your risk.

Traumatic Brain Injury

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Stress is a common part of college, but it doesn't have to take over your life. On this page you will find information on stress and how to manage it effectively.

Quick ways to relax and de-stress throughout the day
Time Management Is About More Than Life Hacks
Healthy Sleep Tips
Test Anxiety
Breathing Exercises
Stress Symptoms, Signs, and Causes
Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College & Beyond
Cognitive Restructuring While Under Stress
Help I'm Stressed!
How to Stay Stressed!
One Minute Stress Relievers
12 Stressful Things to Stop Tolerating
Stress Hardiness
Stress in America
Stress Warning Signals

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College is a time full of adjustments. Whether you are adjusting to a new town, new schedule, or even adjusting to the "real world" after graduation. On this page you will find resources for a number of adjustments that students often face.

New to Town
Quarter Life Crisis
Stages of Change
Student Concerns by Month
What will I do with my life?

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From High School to College

Caring for Yourself
How is College Different from High School
Taking an Online Class
Tips for Freshmen Before They Arrive at the Campus

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K-State Parents and Family Association
Leaving for College is Tough on Parents
Listen Up Parents

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Parent's Perspective:  A video Series

Changes at Home
Easing Mom's Fears
Empty Nest
First Visit Home
Fraternities and Sororities
Keeping in Touch
Mom's Adjustment
Mom's Concerns
One Mom to Another
Residence Hall Living
Study Abroad

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International Students

Crossing Cultures
International Students Adjusting to a New Culture
International Students Social Lives
International Students Academics

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Non-Traditional Students

Coming Back to School
Back to School as a Non Traditional Student
Back to School Non Traditional Challenges

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From College to Career

Transition Out of College

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Dealing with Death

Losing someone is never easy. On this page you will find resources for dealing with the death of a loved one, as well as how to support others who are mourning a loss.

How to Survive a Loss of a Loved One
Understanding Bereavement
A Course on Helping & Responding to Sadness and Loss

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How to Tell People They Sound Racist

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General Mental Wellness

Life Skills

Discovering and Exploring Personal Passions

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Getting Ready for Finals
Improving Your Concentration

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Intimate and Sexual Violence

Cycle of Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness
Getting Out of the Pattern of Unhealthy Relationships
Relationship Workshop
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Part 1
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Part 2
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Part 3
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Part 4
Date Rape Drugs and Their Effect
It's Not Just Stranger Danger
What Does a Rapist Look Like?
Friends, Partners, and Family Response to Sexual Assault
If You've Been Assaulted
K-State Survivors
Responding to Sexual Assault

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The Safe Zone program at Kansas State strives to provide a safer environment by those affected by homophobia, hateful acts, or sexual violence. Below are articles that are part of the resources provided by the Safe Zone website.

Am I Gay?  A Guide for People Who Question Their Sexual Identity
How to Combat Heterosexism
Defriended Over a Wedding
How to be an Ally to LGBTQ Students
K-State's LGBTQ Resource Center
Valuing a Gay or Lesbian Self Identity

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Suicide Prevention by Major General Graham
Sunshine on the Spiral
Transitioning from a War Zone

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When it comes to your mental health, mindfulness can be an extremely powerful tool. Taking the time to be aware of your surroundings, and present in the given moment can go a long way in practicing better self care and mental wellness. Check out the video below to gain a general awareness of how mindfulness works and then read the linked articles below to gain even more awareness about how it can work for you!

Creating a Balanced Lifestyle
Dealing with Personal Trauma
Developing and Maintaining Health Self Esteem
Emotional Intelligence
Quick Relaxation Strategies
Self Acceptance
Self Esteem
What is Self Esteem? 

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Relationships come in many forms, whether it's intimate relationships, roommates, family, or friends. On this page you will find resources for developing and maintaining healthy relationships with those around you.

Healthy Relationships Workshop
Hooking Up and Women
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Relationships:  Risky Behavior and Management
Toxic Relationships

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Substance Use

Holiday Party Tips

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