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Wellness Guide for Mental Health and Healing: Home


Welcome to the Ekstrom Library Wellness Guide! Here, we've collected resources for UofL community members looking for avenues of healing and self-care in all types of life circumstances. If you have any suggestions for possible additions to this guide, please contact

Crisis Hotlines

24/7 Adult Crisis Line: 502-589-4313 or 800-221-0446

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386


Mental Illness Happy Hour

Weekly podcast with host Paul Gilmartin and a guest discussing all our mental and emotional battles past and present, especially the things that are hard to say out loud.

The Happiness Lab

Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness. She's changed the lives of thousands of people through her class "Psychology and the Good Life," and she'll change yours, too.

The Hilarious World of Depression

A series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way.

National Resources

Gun Violence Trauma - Resources for Counselors and Consumers

To help all professional counselors in the important work of trauma counseling, the American Counseling Association offers an array of free resources, available online here.

APA resources for coping with mass shootings, understanding gun violence

News reports about the shootings in communities around the world can cause stress and anxiety for people, leaving them with questions about the causes of and solutions to gun violence. APA offers resources to help those who are suffering distress.

There's No Shame in Taking Care of your Mental Health

New and Noteworthy

Understanding Secondary Trauma

The past couple of years have been particularly challenging, but the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have opened old wounds left by the numerous instances of gun violence in recent American history. Even without a direct connection, many not only endure feelings the loss as members of a larger society, but many people experience secondary trauma (also known as vicarious trauma). The following articles offer tips on how to cope with the anxiety and depression that follows national tragedy.



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