Owning Your Feelings

By Kären Robinson, LPC, Mental Health and Wellness Counselor

We all have challenges in life that impact our mental health, and 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime1. Unfortunately, medical students and medical professionals are even more likely to experience psychological distress than the general population2,3,4. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are highlighting #Tools2Thrive from Mental Health America. We encourage you to take a free and anonymous mental health screening at www.mhascreening.org and to consider practicing tools to own and explore your feelings as part of your #Tools2Thrive.

Mental Health Resources
For behavioral health emergencies, 24/7 support can be accessed by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, texting HELP to the Crisis Textline 741-741, calling 911, or visiting your nearest emergency room.

Kären Robinson, LPC
Mental Health & Wellness Counselor
Click here to schedule an appointment with Kären.
Click here for Virtual Drop-in hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4 p.m.
24/7 Emergency and Referral Hotline Student Linc 1-888-893-LINC (5462)

Kathy Killian-Harmon, LMFT
Mental Health & Wellness Counselor
435-668-7996 / kkharmon@rvu.edu
Zoom or chat on Teams site.
24/7 Emergency and Referral Hotline Student Linc 1-888-893-LINC (5462)

EmployeeConnect program for mental health counseling services: Call Guidance Resources 888-628-4824. Guidance Resources also provides legal consultation, financial consultation, work/life consultation regarding childcare, eldercare,  and health advocacy.

1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP19-5068, NSDUH Series H-54). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data

2Dyrbye LN, Thomas MR, Shanafelt TD. Systematic review of depression, anxiety and other indicators of psychologic distress among U.S. and Canadian medical students. Acad Med. 2006;81:354 –373. http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2006/04000/Systematic_Review_of_Depression,_Anxiety,_and.9.aspx. Accessed March 8, 2011.

3Goebert D, Thompson D, Takeshita J, et al. Depressive symptoms in medical students and residents: A multischool study. Acad ed. 2009;84:236 –241. http://journals. lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2009/02000/Depressive_Symptoms_in_Medical_Students_and.34.aspx. Accessed March 8, 2011.

4American Psychiatric Association 2018 annual meeting, May 5, 2018. Deepika Tanwar, MD, psychiatric program, Harlem Hospital Center, New York. Beth Brodsky, PhD, associate clinical professor of medical psychology in psychiatry, Columbia University and Irving Medical Center, New York.

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