I feel overwhelmed

If you feel you can't cope, you are not alone. Many people have those feelings at times and it can be very painful. Take a look at the list below and see if you see yourself in any of these feelings or behaviors:

  • Feeling hopeless or worthless.
  • Separating yourself from others. A lot.
  • Sleeping and/or eating difficulties. Too much or too little.
  • Being persistently angry or stressed.
  • Frequently crying.
  • Not caring about school or work.
  • Drinking or drugging too much.
  • Hearing or seeing things that others don’t hear or see.
  • Wild mood swings.
  • Thoughts or plans to hurt yourself, others, or to commit suicide.

If you recognize yourself in this list, the most important thing is to talk with someone, preferably a trained mental health professional. The pathway to feeling better begins with letting someone know you are hurting. Some situations are truly emergencies and you need to get help right away.  Other situations are less immediately critical and you can begin by making an appointment.   All mental health issues are important, and you deserve help and support no matter the urgency.

If you are in an EMERGENCY state where you might harm yourself or others, then you need to talk to someone NOW. Call one of these numbers:

1. UCR Campus Police - 911 or 951-827-5222

2. UCR Counseling Center for urgent consultation or referrals - 951-827-5531

3. Riverside Helpline - 951-686-HELP (4357)

4. National Suicide Hotline- 1-800-784-2433

If possible call someone you can trust to be with you until help arrives.

If you are having trouble but it is not an immediate emergency:

1. Call UCR Counseling Center at 951-827-5531 to schedule an appointment or to consult with a counselor by phone 24 hours a day.

2. Call UCR Student Affairs Case Manager at 951-827-9354.

In the meantime, let one or more people that you feel you can trust know you are struggling.  This could be a friend, a resident counselor, a faculty member, a coach, and a parent.  Each can be a part of your support network as you move toward getting professional help.

2. Visit some websites to learn more about mental health crises.  Click here for the UCR Counseling Center webpage. Here are some other examples:

Everyone, including you, can be helped to feel better and live a good life. You deserve that opportunity. Make the call for help now. Before long, you will be glad you did.