This back-to-school season, The Jed Foundation (JED) is focused on helping you lower stress, plan for smooth transitions back to school and campus, and access everything you need to prioritize your emotional well-being.
You can’t control what teachers you get, the time school starts, or even the fact that attending school is legally required, but you have the power to prioritize taking care of yourself. Here are easy, effective ways to do it.
If you’ll be living on campus, this guide will walk you through creating a good relationship with your roommate, making your dorm room feel like home, and getting support for settling in and managing any conflicts.
Find out everything you should know to get the treatment you need when you transition to life in college, from deciding whether to continue with your current providers to campus counseling to finding care off campus if you need it.
Reach out to your friends about mental health. Learn how to recognize signs a friend is struggling, ways to start the conversation, and how to stay connected with each other.
Feeling Stressed or Anxious?
Stress is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with uncomfortable levels of it. You can take steps right now to lower stress before—or as—the school year starts:
- How to Reduce Stress by Prioritizing and Getting Organized
- 5 Ways to Stay Calm When You’re Stressed About School
- 8 Ways to Lower Stress in High School
- How to Handle Anxiety Around Mass Shootings and Going Back to School
- How to Deal with Money Anxiety by Building Financial Wellness
- Managing the Stress of Financial Crises
Find more resources to start the year strong in our Mental Health Resource Center.