Department of Mental Health Services ResourcesOrientations
- coming soon
Traumatic Event Stress SupportMass Violence Resources
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – resources for mass violence
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) – understanding trauma reactions, coping strategies, applications and literature resources
Domestic Violence Resources
IUPUI Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response
Disaster Behavioral Health Resources for First Responders – helpful information for professionals in the disaster behavioral health field
TED talk: “Emotional First Aid” with Guy Winch
Book: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Mental Health Apps
Calm – The #1 App for Meditation and Sleep
Headspace – Meditation Made Simple
Sanvello – On-Demand Help for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
MoodMission – Change the Way You Feel
CBT Tools for Healthy Living – Self-Help Mood Diary
MindDoc for iPhone or Android – Developed by clinical psychologists in close collaboration with leading researchers for those who want to learn about emotional well-being or who suffer from mild-to-moderate mental illness including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and eating disorders.
TalkLife for iPhone or Android – TalkLife is all about support. Our community is full of people who have also felt alone, battled depression or living with anxiety and needed somewhere safe to talk. TalkLife is a positive community where people have real conversations about how they feel - lonely, misunderstood, unhappy, or actually feeling alright.
AnxietyAnxiety is experienced by a significant number of medical trainees. In fact, 33.8% of medical students globally experience anxiety (Tian-Ci Quek et al., 2019). Accordingly, it is imperative to know the signs and when to seek treatment.
Signs of Anxiety
- Feeling fearful, nervous, uneasy or on edge
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
Research indicates that mindfulness practices are helpful in reducing psychological and emotional distress (Hofmann, Sawyer, Witt, & Oh, 2010). Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in the present moment without judgment (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Below are three meditations to help you get started:
- Breathing Meditation – This meditation guides you through a five-minute breathing exercise.
- Body Scan – This exercise helps you to check in with your body.
- Relieve Stress Meditation – This meditation guides you through the practice of relaxing, grounding, and clearing to alleviate anxiety.
Below are two additional practices to help you regulate anxiety:
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation – Progressive muscle relaxation provides a systematic approach of relaxing the body and mind from head-to-toe. This meditation takes you through this process.
- Self-Compassion – Self-compassion is the practice of speaking kindly to yourself when suffering, whether emotionally or physically (Neff, 2003). Here, you find guided meditations to help build this skill in your life.
Informational resources for anxiety:
DepressionThe statistics surrounding depression and suicidality among medical trainees are staggering. Studies suggest that 27.2% of medical students experience depressive symptoms and 11.1% have had suicidal ideation in the past year (Rotenstein et al., 2016).
Have you been feeling…
Like there is nothing to look forward to?
Like a failure?
Like you want to die?
Please reach out to us if you answered yes to any of these questions. If you are in need of urgent assistance, our 24-hour mental health crisis number for IU School of Medicine learners is 317-278-HELP (4357).
Additional information about depression:
- National Institute of Mental Health: Depression
- Beck Institute: Coping with Depression (PDF)
- National Institute of Mental Health: Depression (PDF)
- National Institute of Mental Health: Depression in Women (PDF)
- National Institute of Mental Health: Men and Depression (PDF)
For more information about depression, burnout, or suicidality in health care providers, please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Substance Abuse Disorder
Substances abuse/misuse is a growing problem among medical trainees, and while it is difficult to obtain an accurate representation of its prevalence, we know that the statistics for the general population are similar (Dumitrascu, Mannes, Gamble, & Selzer, 2014). In 2014, an average of 250 million people worldwide, or 1 in 20 people, ages 15-64, used an illicit substance at least once that year (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2016).
There are a number of national, state, and local resources to help you with substance abuse/misuse concerns:
Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
Central Indiana Area of Narcotics Anonymous
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Indianapolis Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Learn more about substance use disorders in physicians: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, identification, and engagement
The following websites provide additional information on mental health and counseling:
American Counseling Association – ACA is the leading professional association for mental health counselors.
American Psychiatric Association – APA is the leading professional association for psychiatry.
American Psychological Association – APA is the leading professional association for clinical psychologists.
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency – IPLA is the professional credentialing body for the State of Indiana.
Society of Clinical Psychology – This website provides up-to-date information on research-based psychological treatments
This page serves as an online resource for the Indiana University School of Medicine community. The use of any of the resources provided on this page does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Indiana University or the School of Medicine. For more information, please contact the Department of Mental Health Services at 317-278-2383.