How to Talk About Stress

We’ve mentioned social support is great for stress. In fact, we know that talking to someone (a friend, family member, loved one, or a mental health professional) can usually be really helpful in alleviating negative emotions. But how do you broach bringing up your stress? You might feel selfish, self-centered, or guilty – maybe you ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach that emphasizes acceptance of oneself, the importance of living a value-based life, and psychological flexibility. ACT has been used for a variety of mental health concerns, such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, and chronic pain. Exploring ACT for college students as an effective intervention has ... [Read more...]

Managing Stress

We’ve learned about different types of stress. We know that stress can affect our mood, thoughts, body, and behavior. We also know that stress is just about everywhere and can even be a good thing. But how can we best manage stress? One of the more popular ways to manage and tackle stress is through ... [Read more...]

Signs of Stress

We experience a lot of stress! Whether it’s acute stress or chronic stress – you know exactly what someone is talking about when they say they’re stressed out. Stress affects your mood, body, thoughts, and even your behavior. Below are some signs of stress, but keep in mind that, like most mental health things, individual ... [Read more...]

Types of Stress

Stress is something everyone knows about and you probably have a lot of experience with it. But there are different types of stress – acute and chronic. Acute stress is usually short in duration and results from a specific event or situation. This is generally the more obvious stressful event – like giving a presentation, ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Trauma

Trauma is an umbrella term for any event that is deeply distressing or disturbing to an individual. We can think of big events – like 9/11 or the SPU campus shooting, and easily see how that can be classified as traumatic. We know that interpersonal violence, both physical and emotional, and the deaths of loved ... [Read more...]

Behavioral Activation

Behavioral activation might sound fancy, but it’s really just getting yourself to do the things you already want to do so that you experience more positive emotions. When we’re feeling sad, down, or unmotivated, we end up avoiding things that might actually help us feel better. Avoidance can end up just perpetuating our negative emotions. ... [Read more...]


Anxiety and depression may be more talked about, but bipolar is also prevalent among college students. There are two types of bipolar disorders. Bipolar I involves a manic episode, while bipolar II consists of a hypomanic episode and depressive episode. Last week we covered what depression can look like – but what makes up a ... [Read more...]