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Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention

Our community is grieving.

Grief can show up in many ways in your life, including brain fog, physical symptoms, withdrawing from family and friends, difficulty communicating how you are feeling, apathy toward things you typically care about and losing focus. It’s important to recognize the signs and to take care of yourself in these moments.

Visit the Essentia Health to see some ideas for how to engage in self care when you are grieving.

There is a difference between self care and self sabotage.  Self care helps you move forward in healthy ways, such as speaking to a counselor, going for a walk, sharing stories, or journaling.  Self-sabotage hurts you in the long run, and might feel good in the moment, but doesn’t help you in the long term. This includes blacking out due to substances, avoidance, skipping classes, or oversleeping. We encourage you to focus on self-care. If you are looking for ideas or want to connect with another student about how you can incorporate self care into your routine, consider meeting with a Co-Pilot.

There are resources that can help.

  • Counseling Center - Let’s Talk - brief, informal, consultations with a mental health provider. New openings are posted each day and you can sign up online
  • YOU@Dayton is a 24/7 wellbeing resource that includes great information about mental health.  We encourage you to search for “grief” to learn more about how to take steps forward when managing loss.  
  • Grief Group - support group via Campus Ministry and Counseling Center
  • Student Health Center - It’s common for people who are grieving to experience physical symptoms, such as migraines, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression. If you find that you are experiencing physical symptoms as you grieve, please contact the Student Health Center to schedule an appointment at 229-3131.
  • Dean of Students Office - Case Managers are available to provide support and resources to students navigating grief. They can help with academic, mental health, and other challenges.
  • Campus Ministry - Turning to your faith is a critical aspect of healing for many.  Reach out to a campus minister to walk with you along your healing journey.
  • Find a quiet space on campus to reflect, such as the Chapel of Immaculate Conception, Serenity Pines, or the Mindfulness Room and the Quiet Cubes at ArtStreet. The Mindfulness Room is a space where you can be in quiet reflection in community, while the Quiet Cubes are sound proof spaces designed to give you a quiet space to just be. Swing by to enjoy these quiet, reflective spaces.
  • It’s important to lean on the people that are important to you. Turn to faculty, staff, and friends that you have important relationships with, so that you can share memories and consider next steps forward together. 

Other Online Resources:

Crisis Resources:

Counseling Center
The UD Counseling Center provides individual and group therapy services to University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate students. We are currently offering both in person and telehealth services, although only students physically present in the state of Ohio will be eligible for telebehavioral health services due to our clinicians' licensure. Students residing more than 25 miles from campus may request an initial online appointment.
Counseling Center

Transitioning to college, just being in college, and preparing for post graduate life can be challenging. Is there a goal that a peer coach could help you address that would make your life just a bit easier? Want to talk to someone, but aren’t ready to go to the Counseling Center? Schedule an appointment today to talk to a peer to help you reach your goals! 

Schedule your appointment with a Co-Pilot today!

Nature is healing! The benefits of outdoor recreation are numerous, including reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, reducing stress, improving self-esteem, improving focus, and more. UD Campus Recreation offers a number of outdoor recreation opportunities: check out a RECBike and explore UD and the Dayton area, head over to historic Old River Park, or book your spot on a hiking, paddling, climbing, or biking trip!

Click here for more information on UDCR's outdoor recreation program offerings!
Unplugged Room

Looking for a place where you can unplug, focus on mindfulness, and rejuvenate, then the Unplugged Room is for you. Located in ArtStreet Studio A1, the Unplugged Room is a space ideal for quiet studying or taking a break. No reservations required!


YOU@Dayton aims to guide you on your journey to succeed, thrive, and matter here at UD and beyond! The portal contains a comprehensive list of on-campus resources to help you get connected to clubs, organizations, resume help, mental health resources, and more. YOU@Dayton aspires to be a support for you now, in the present, and in the future by providing information and support on things such as: 

  • Academic success
  • Resilience 
  • Mental health tips and tricks
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Your relationship with technology

Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention