Student Health Services

Managing Stress, Depression or Anxiety

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If you have a mental health life-threatening emergency please call 911 or the University Police Department at (805) 437-8444. You may also call the Ventura County Crisis Team at (805) 652-6729.

Everybody has the blues, feels anxious, loses interest in enjoyable activities, or gets stressed sometimes, but when it continues for a long time or interferes with daily activities, it may be more serious. If you are having troubles, here are some recommendations provided by the CDC:

Action Steps

  • Stay active. Regular physical activity improves one’s mood, helps relieve depression, and increases feelings of well-being. Try going for a walk, dancing, jogging, or riding a bike. Ask a friend to exercise with you if you need to be motivated.
  • Develop a circle of friends for support.
  • Identify what may be causing your stress. Determine what steps you can take to reduce stressors, such as changing schedules, using self-relaxation techniques, and setting realistic goals for yourself.
  • Talk to someone you can trust, such as a parent, doctor, counselor, religious leader, resident assistant, or teacher. Some people find that sharing their feelings with someone they trust and who recognizes what they’re going through helps them feel better.
  • Your mental good health is important to us at CSU Channel Islands. Contact Personal Counseling Services (PCS) if you need assistance with issues such as depression, anxiety or stress. To make an appointment with one of the PCS counselors, call (805) 437-2088. You can also e-mail for more information.

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