Mental Health Topics

Student Counseling Services provides a variety of services to Iowa State students. We also encourage students to review helpful information about common mental health topics:


Ulifeline is an online resource for college mental health. Find facts about common problem, advice on helping a friend or yourself and take the Self-Evaluator assessment.

The Self Evaluator was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help.


This resource guides uses in mindfulness in reference to our current COVID-19 crisis and provides concrete skills. In addition, there are various mindfulness videos available for free.

Half of Us

JED & MTV collaborated on a program that feature a library of free-to-use videos including PSAs, celebrities and students talking about their personal experiences with mental health and substance use. Half of Us helps young people feel less alone and encourages them to reach out for help.

Set to Go

Set to Go is a program from The Jed Foundation (JED) built to help teens prepare for the transition out of high school. Emotional preparedness for life after high school involves five key areas of knowledge and skill development. Set to Go provides a wealth of information about each.

Go Ask Alice

Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. The team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America provides a collection of online, free, confidential, anonymous, and validated screening tools to help individuals understand and learn more about their mental health. The platform is interactive, dynamic, and free to use.

Crisis Text Line

Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line’s Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.

TEXT HELLO to 741741

Iowa State University – Office of Student Assistance

We are here to help you navigate your adventures at Iowa State. When you are unsure where to go for help or when the unexpected occurs in your life, the staff in Student Assistance is available to provide support and information about university resources.

SCS offers crisis assessment by walking in to the center during all business hours Monday -Friday or calling 515-294-5056

Crisis services can also be reached by:

Calling: 800-273-8255;  Texting: “HELLO” to 741741; Going to a local Emergency Department or by calling 911.