Mental Health Resources

Covid-19  |  Behind Happy Faces  |  Active Minds  |  National Resources

Alpha Chi Omega recognizes the importance of mental health for our members of all ages. For alumnae, mental well-being can be impacted by a variety of factors, from job stress to parenting, caring for friends and family to figuring out what your next steps in life are. The National Institute of Mental Health notes that nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Mental illnesses include many different conditions that can range from mild to moderate to severe challenges.

As members continue to experience mental health challenges like unhealthy stress, anxiety and depression, Alpha Chi Omega continues to be a leading organization providing resources and sharing programs to facilitate meaningful conversations around mental health.  

Explore the resources below for alumnae members, and make use of the national resources at the bottom of the page as needed for help with specific types of mental health disorders or challenges.

SHOULD YOU OR A FRIEND NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE, PLEASE TEXT “START” TO 741-741 OR CALL 800-273-TALK (8255) TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE FROM THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.

ENCOURAGING MENTAL WELLNESS DURING COVID-19

During COVID-19, we acknowledge that our sisters are navigating disruptions to routines, remote and essential work, and caring for loved ones. While balancing these experiences, it is important that members are also taking care of their own emotional well-being. Here are a few resources to help:
  • Visit the CDC website for healthy ways to cope with stress during the pandemic. Suggestions include:
    • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories.
    • Take care of your body.
    • Make time to unwind.
    • Connect with others.
    • Connect with your community or faith-based organizations.
  • Speaking of taking care of your body, here are some important things to consider:
    • Stay physically active and exercise regularly.
    • Get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
    • Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals.
    • Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco and substance use.
    • Find time to be present in the moment by taking deep breaths, stretching or meditating.
  • Looking for apps to help with meditation, self-reflection, sleep or relaxation? Check these out: Headspace, 10 Percent Happier, InsightTimer and Calm.
  • Keep your routine! Make a schedule that will keep you on track to achieve your objectives and daily goals.
  • Want to watch something on Netflix? Grab some popcorn and FaceTime or call a sister and watch your favorite show or movie together.
  • If you have lost someone during the pandemic, consider safe ways to connect with others and honor loved ones by sharing stories, memories or pictures. Visit the CDC website for more resources on grief and loss  during COVID-19.
  • Watch these recorded webinars to learn more about prioritizing your well-being:
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SOCIAL CONNECTION IMPROVES EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social connection has looked different. Daily routines have been modified to create balance between disrupted schedules and caring for ourselves and others. But even as we maintain our physical distance, we must remain socially close. Check out our Belonging Starts with You resource for alumnae members. This conversation starter can be shared with sisters, friends and family members.
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Behind Happy Faces

In an effort to assist collegiate chapters with honest conversations regarding mental health, Alpha Chi Omega has partnered with Ross Szabo, creator of Behind Happy Faces, to create a groundbreaking curriculum focused on preparing members and advisors for managing mental health in the collegiate setting.
Specifically for advisors and collegiate experience volunteers, we provide five engaging workshops that will help define mental health and break down the stigmas surrounding it, open doors for more vocabulary to discuss it with others, teach about effective coping and help advisors help members who are experiencing mental health challenges. Each workshop can be completed by those volunteers in The Heights Learning Center, accessible on the Advisor Workshops page.
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Active Minds


Through our Harm Reduction Alliance partnership with Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha, we are excited to announce our recent collaboration with Active Minds. Read the partnership announcement here. This collaboration introduces Active Minds’ everyday guide for everyday challenges: Validate, Appreciate, Refer (V-A-R). V-A-R is an easy way to show up for a friend, helping them cope when they may be having more than a bad day. We have adapted the collegiate resource to allow alumnae chapters and members to use the video and V-A-R conversation starter to learn how to listen in a way that lets someone know they’re being heard and that they are not alone. Remember:
  1. Validate their feelings. Let them know what they’re feeling is OK and that you believe them.
  2. Appreciate their courage. Speaking up can be a challenging step. Show you are there to support them by saying, “You are not alone” or “I’m here for you.”
  3. Refer them to skills and support. Let them know help is available. You can do this by sharing, “Could we schedule a video chat and walk so we can see each other while we get some fresh air?” Or “I think it might be helpful to talk to someone. I can stay on the phone with you while you text/call a hotline.”
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NATIONAL RESOURCES

Want to know more about national resources or how to help a sister in need? The following is a list of organizations that can help with specific types of mental health disorders or challenges. Please remember that these resources do not supplement referring a friend to a mental health professional.
 

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
www.adaa.org

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
www.chadd.org

Autism

Autism Society
www.autism-society.org

Bipolar Disorder and Depression

The Balanced Mind Parent Network
www.thebalancedmind.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
www.dbsalliance.org

International Bipolar Foundation
www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Research Center
www.bpdresourcecenter.org

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
www.renfrecenter.com

Schizophrenia

Brain and Behavior Research Center
www.bbrfoundation.org

 

Suicide Prevention and Emotional well-being

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org

America Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org

Kristin Brooks Hope Center
www.hopeline.com

The Jed Foundation
www.jedfoundation.org

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
www.nopcas.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
www.save.org

The Steve Fund
www.stevefund.org

The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org

Therapy for Black Girls
www.therapyforblackgirls.com​

Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.aa.org

GenerationRx

www.generationrx.org

Narcotics Anonymous
www.na.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
www.niaaa.nih.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse
www.drugabuse.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
www.samhsa.gov

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