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Mental Health

Don't forget, UNM's very own Student Health and Counceling Center (SHAC) is here to help, and so are the many other Mental Health Resouces from UNM, too!!

  • Dealing withDisappointment - in ourselves, our expectations, and others. (get the PDF of the presentations HERE)
    • Presented by SHAC - Student Health & Counseling Center.
  • Be your own advocate.
  • Student Health and Counseling (SHAC): shac.unm.edu or 505-277-3136
  • Behavioral Assessment & Response Committee (BARC). 505-277-SAFE
  • Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP). 505-377-2795
  • Johnson Center: recsvcs.unm.edu or 505-277-0178 (Free for all full-time students)
  • https://loborespect.unm.edu/
    • SMART: Sexual Misconduct and Assault Response Team. unm.edu
  • Crisis support:
    • AGORA Crisis Center: www.agoracares.org or 505-277-3013 or 866-HELP-1-NM
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Crisis text line: 741-741
    • NM Crisis & Access Line: 1-855-662-7474
    • UNM Psychiatric Center: 505-272-2920
    • Rape Crisis Center of Central NM: 505-266-7711 (24 hour hotline)
  • Be honest with yourself: If you feel overwhelmed and overloaded, you are not alone, but don’t let anyone (advisor/peers/professors) pressure you or talk you into piling more on your plate when you know your plate is already full. Know your own personal normal(your personal normal may be drastically different than someone else’s).
The STEM Collaborative Center has compiled words of wisdom from those who have gone before you. Here are the tips and strategies from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors from a panel of Graduate and Upper Level Undergraduate students at UNM.  Additionally, read about the advice from our mentors who are STEM Professionals and Peer-Mentors on our Mentoring page

  • Socializing can be as important as studying. It builds your network, as well as social and communication skills.
  • Access services and groups on campus / Don’t isolate yourself
  • NETWORK! It is an important opportunity to meet people, make friends and find people who might be able to help you along in your education and career goals. There are a few methods that we have found out work pretty well, including:
    • Get excited about YOUR education. It is what you make it.
    • Be your own Biggest Fan.
    • Meet and get acquainted with advisors and faculty in your department and fields you are interested in.
    • Don’t take NO for an answer!
    • Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions and push boundaries.
  • Don’t burn bridges/ be a team player – even if you don’t like who you work with, keep it professional. Rise above. This is great training for the real world.
  • Experiences > GPA; You can be a great scientist without being a great student. Science requires creativity and original thinking, no midterm or final can ever test that.
  • Everyone experiences some form of the  Impostor Syndrome. But, the reality is that as students, you're not supposed to have already "made it." You're there to learn.
  • It's good to  try at least one thing out of your element
  • Take care of yourself!
    • The college triangle is a balancing act: sleep, grades, social life.
    • Be your own advocate. If you feel overwhelmed and overloaded, you are not alone, but don’t let anyone (advisor/peers/professors) pressure or talk you into piling more on your plate.
    • There is nothing selfish in taking care of YOU—both emotionally and physically. Someday these things may not be so natural. Eat right, exercise, relax, sleep, go to the doctor regularly, make choices that help you achieve your goals, make friends who share and are supportive of your goals, and always know your limits and work load ability! Think about the following:
      • I get__ hours of sleep a night.
      • I spend__ hours being physically active.
      • My favorite things to do during free time are …
      • My good choices in food are …
      • My Bad choices in food are …
  • What are your top 5? Take some time to make a short list of your top five for the following. Keep it close so you can look at it often and remember the reasons why you are doing what you are doing!
    1. Goals for my college experience
    2. Ways I will take care of my self
    3. Goals for my personal life
    4. Ways I will try to make these goals happen
    5. Things I have to change to make my goals happen
The STEM Collaborative Center has compiled words of wisdom from those who have gone before you. Here are the tips and strategies from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors from a panel of Graduate and Upper Level Undergraduate students at UNM.  Additionally, read about the advice from our mentors who are STEM Professionals and Peer-Mentors on our Mentoring page

 

College Culture Shock
  • Increased personal freedom.
  • Increased responsibility.
  • Increased demand for time management.
  • Different surroundings and relationships.
  • Changing relationships with family and friends from home.
  • What if you are not happy at college? Take care of yourself! - see “Life, socializing, and working with others” above.