Together>alone encourages all members of the UT community to reach out and support students and friends who might need a helping hand. We cannot succeed in accomplishing this by working alone. You have a crucial role to play. By working together, we can create a campus culture that values and supports mental health.
Find a community: UT is a big place, and it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Take steps to build a community around you. You can get active with RecSports, make friends in your Res Hall, get involved with one of the 1,110+ student organizations, or form a study group. It doesn't matter HOW you connect with others, just that you DO. Together>Alone!
Get ahead of stress: Stress is the most common concern we hear from students, and it's no wonder. This may be the first time you are living away from family, managing your own finances, or dealing with a roommate. Add to that, finding your way around a campus the size of Luxembourg, and you'd expect anyone to be stressed. Make a plan now for how you will manage stress (eg. getting organized, exercising, finding a religious/spiritual community, eating well, yodeling, or whatever else works best for you), and you will be better prepared to manage when it's "go time" during the semester. Check out this website for tips on managing stress.
Look out for others and yourself: Take action early, before you feel overloaded. DON'T WAIT to ask for help. Get help immediately if you get a low grade, not at the end of the semester when it's too late. Seek support from your advisor, professor, or a counselor if you start to feel overwhelmed, not once you're already underwater. Put the army of resources at UT to work for you. Also, keep an eye out for friends and classmates who might become overwhelmed. Offer help or suggest some of UT's many resources to them. When it comes to surviving stressful times Together>Alone!