Health Resources

Health is Important

Your first priority should always, always be your own health, safety and well-being.

No project, paper, grant or collaboration exists that is more important than you.

In particular, time as a graduate students and as a postdoc is known to be a time that causes undue stress, resulting in consequences ranging from mild to extremely severe.

Quoting from article Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health:

The doctoral-degree experience often consists of intense labor expectations for little pay and a resulting lack of sleep and social life. In addition, there is the notorious hierarchy of academia, which often promotes power struggles and tribalism. … Graduate students are disproportionately likely to struggle with mental-health issues. The researchers surveyed roughly 500 economics Ph.D. candidates at eight elite universities, and found that 18 percent of them experienced moderate or severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. That’s more than three times the national average, according to the study.

Campus Resources

The University of Illinois has a number of resources that may be of assistance.

Warning

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Psychological, Interpersonal and Academic Concerns

  • Counseling Center

  • 2nd Floor, Turner Student Services Building

  • 7:50 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • Phone: 217-333-3704

  • https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/counseling

  • McKinley Mental Health

  • 313 McKinley Health Center

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • Phone: 217-333-2705

For faculty, staff and postdocs, there is also the FSAS program which can connect you with resources.

Stress Management/Self-help

  • McKinley Health Resource Center

  • 222 McKinley Health Center

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • Phone: 217-333-6000

  • www.mckinley.illinois.edu/relax

  • McKinley Health Resource Center

  • 129 Illini Union (north)

  • 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday

  • Phone: 217-244-5994

McKinley Health Education offers individual consultations for students interested in learning relaxation and other stress/time management skills. For more information, please call 217-333-2714.

After hours psychological emergencies and other critical problems

The Counseling Center and McKinley Health Center collaborate with the Champaign County Mental Health Center to provide students with Psychological Emergency Services which are available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, and focus on problems that need to be addressed immediately (e.g., serious illness, death in the family, severe anxiety, suicidal crisis). For a consultation with a mental health professional after office hours, call the Psychological Emergency Service at 244-7911. You and the mental health professional can strategize about the best way to make contact with the student and see that he or she gets help.

Other Resources

There are other resources available in the area, which are presented below without endorsement.