Mental Health: Healthy brain, healthy feelings, healthy life.

Mental health is defined as “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.” Your mental health can contribute to your overall health exponentially. It is extremely important for students to know and understand exactly how they are feeling and why they feel that way.

Feelings of anxiety, stress and irritability are common in college students. School can play a huge part in this. However, it is also very common for students to let these feelings go unnoticed, and that’s when your mental health can become a mental illness.


Just as you would see a doctor if your knee was hurting, you should also see a doctor if you are feeling sad, depressed or unhappy.

How are you feeling? Take this free mental health screening that will point you in the right direction →


USF Individual Counseling Services:

To make an appointment → Click Here

Group Counseling Services:

Relationship Reality → Tuesdays, 5-6pm

Mindfulness Meditation → Wednesdays, 4-5pm and Thursdays 3-4pm

Learning to Let Go→ Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Emotional Expression Through ArtWednesdays, 3-5pm

Click here for more information on these services.



For students dealing with mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorders, college can be a trying – and even dangerous – time.


The good news it, that many mental illnesses are treatable. By taking the proper steps a person can overcome a mental illness and live a long and happy life. Mental illness is more common than you may think, but it does not define you.

The most common mental illnesses are:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cutting or Self-Injury

Learn more Here.

If you have a mental illness you are not alone. Recognizing the signs is crucial to understanding a mental health condition. If you notice the following warning signs in a friend make sure to get immediate help by contacting a mental health professional.

Warning signs:
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life


It’s important to understand that there is treatment and a person can be cured from depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse or eating disorders.


Help is there for you. The USF Counseling Center will assist you in getting back on your feet. We want you to be the best you. →



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