Help is a Phone Call Away
Need someone to talk to?
The SHSU Helpline has trained volunteers available to help you talk through many life problems, such as stress, anxiety, and loneliness. This after-hours mental health service is offered by the Counseling Center and is available to students and the larger community as a free resource. Trained volunteers are available to offer a listening ear and support in a confidential and nonjudgmental way. All Helpline volunteers are required to go through extensive training and receive on-going supervision and continuing education with mental health clinicians at the Counseling Center.
The Helpline can be reached at 936-294-4111, 4-9pm, Mondays – Thursdays.
Helpful Information and Resources
The information provided on this web page is intended for informational purposes only and is not to take the place of medical or behavioral health care. If you have concerns about information from this site, please contact your health care provider. Visiting the links on this web page does not establish a therapeutic relationship between the reader and Susan Henderson. The information from this web page should not be relied on in and of itself to diagnose or treat a medical or behavioral health concern.
Coping with Stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but how we manage it can make all the difference in the world. There are many things a person can do to manage stress, including limiting alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, getting more sleep and exercise, eating healthier, quiet time, social support, and realistic expectations. The attached article discusses some of these and others.
We are living in frightening times. Children should not have to be afraid to go to schools, but many are due to school shootings, sexual assaults, and bullying behavior. The link provided will direct you to a website that contains resources for violence in schools. However, if your child is exhibiting fear that is getting in the way of enjoying life, reach out to a counselor. Also, if your child is talking about guns, violence, shootings, anger towards people at school, please get them counseling to determine if they are a danger to others. And, if you have guns in the home, lock them up.