You possess unique and extraordinary strengths, and it's our job at Campus Health to help you discover and use those strengths.
We believe in you and want to help you discover that you're stronger than you believe.
Your road to resilience starts here.

How Do I Become Stronger Than?

Change Your Perspective, Change Your World

You are stronger than your failures.

Your Best Self Is Your Authentic Self

You are stronger than your insecurities.

Reach Out When You Want To Retreat

You are stronger than your loneliest moments.

Ready? Set? Go!

Become Stronger Than with these tools and resources.

College can challenge and change every aspect of your life. This can be hard, but hard doesn't mean you're failing. The process of exploration is the fire that forges a resilient spirit. Think of these articles, books, podcasts, and self-help resources as your roadmap to becoming Stronger Than.

Articles

Awakening Self-Compassion

5 Ways Resilient People Use Failure To Their Advantage

A 10-Minute Meditation To Work With Difficult Emotions

Finding Courage By Accepting Vulnerability

Learning From Failure And Living In Resilience

Learning Is Optimized When We Fail 15% Of The Time

How People Learn To Become Resilient

Millennial Duck Syndrome: The Faked-Success Cycle That Hurts Everyone

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Reading, Math and Grit

Shame Resilience Theory

The Road to Resilience

The Science and Practice of Staying Present Through Difficult Times

 

Books

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage To Stand Alone

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life...Maybe the World

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

Self-Compassion

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are

Thinking, Fast and Slow

See more book recommendations.

 

Podcasts:

Good Life Project

School of Greatness

The Hilarious World of Depression

The Struggle Bus

We Love You (And So Can You)

 

See More Self-Help Resources

Practicing things like gratitude, mindfulness, and self-compassion will help you change your perspective, value your authentic self, and reach out when you want to retreat. Looking back, we see how far we've come and how strong we truly are.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present with whatever arises, inside and out, with a clear mind and open heart. Try these mindfulness practices:

Awe Video

Time Capsule Exercise

Meaningful Photos

 

Gratitude

Online Gratitude Journal

Three Good Things Exercise

Three Funny Things Exercise

 

Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is a way of being present with your own painful emotions and challenging experiences. In essence, it means treating yourself like someone worth caring about, viewing your pain or suffering as part of our shared human experience, and offering yourself a heartfelt wish to feel relief from the suffering.

Self-Compassion Guided Meditations & Exercises

Take a Self-Compassion Break

 

Exercises for Gaining Perspective and Opening Up:

Gaining Perspective on an Argument

36 Questions for Increasing Closeness

 

Find more positive practices at:

Greater Good In Action at UC Berkley

The times when we want to isolate ourselves are usually the times when we need the most support. Asking for help is a courageous act and you have the strength to do it.

CAPS Services

Want to talk? We're here to listen. At Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS), students can speak with licensed mental health professionals about things like:

  • anxiety and depression
  • eating and body image
  • alcohol and drug concerns
  • family, friend, roommate, and relationship problems
  • sexual assault and relationship violence
  • crises and trauma
  • psychiatric medication
  • And anything else you need to talk about.

All currently enrolled students are eligible to be seen at CAPS. 
Find out more about CAPS locations and hours.

CAPS Workshops & Groups That Will Boost Your Resilience

 

 

CAPS groups open to all Arizona students:

Adulting is Hard: Strategies + Support for Life in College

Attention Management Program (AMP)

Build Your Social Confidence Group

Calm Body, Calm Mind Panic & Anxiety Group

Campus Eating Disorder Awareness and Recovery Group (CEDAR)

Finding Your Center Coping Skills Group

Gender Spectrum Support Group

Healing After Sexual Assault

Latinx Group

LGBTQ+ Support Group - cosponsored by CAPS, LGBTQ Affairs, and Dean of Students Office

Living with Loss

Making Sense of it All: An Existential Therapy Group

Morning Meditation

Relationship SOS

Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep

Understanding Self & Others

Waking Up From Depression Group

CAPS grad student groups:

Grad Student Support Groups

Grad Student Understanding Self & Others

The Art of Thriving as a Grad Student: Strategies for Inner Balance

 

 

 

Find out more about CAPS groups and community resources.

Your best self is your authentic self. Embracing your true self and showing that to the world opens us up to a powerful sense of belonging. It feels so much better than trying to fit in! There are so many ways to share your authentic self at the University of Arizona.  Here are a few:

ASUA Clubs

Body Positive Arizona

Campus Recreation Intramurals

Cats After Dark

Cooking on Campus

Mindful Ambassadors

Stressbusters

Student Centers

 

At Campus Health, we want you to know that there are lots of ways to get support and so many people who want to help you because you matter. We also want you to know that many people find asking for help hard. If you're scared to get support, remember that feeling scared is okay and take it one step at a time.

If you or someone you know is an immediate suicidal crisis or emergency, call 911.  Click here to see who to call if you're in crisis.

24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. Find out more about how it works at crisistextline.org.

 

More Crisis Resources & Hotlines

 

Self-Help Resources

Self-Help Resources

Online Tools

 

More Support at Campus Health

Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS)

CAPS Support Groups & Workshops

Project Lifeline

Why is Resilience Important?

The Stronger Than initiative is Campus Health’s response to the increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and depression among college students across the country.

A crucial part of meeting the mental health needs of our students is helping them cultivate resilience-the ability to flourish in the face of external pressures and challenges. We recognize resilience as the foundation to navigating the demanding and ever-changing landscape of university life. With resilience, students can rise to meet the stressors of college and graduate as tenacious, flexible, and courageous adults. 

In keeping with The University of Arizona's core values, the Stronger Than initiative provides students with the tools to be resilient, determined citizens of the world.  We envision a campus culture where it is courageous to be compassionate, vulnerable, and authentic with others. These are the qualities of the innovative risk-takers of the world. 

The Stronger Than initiative challenges the pervasive myth of perfection often driven by social media. The myth of effortless perfection and the natural tendency to compare oneself to curated images online can isolate students and lead to an intense fear of failure. The Stronger Than initiative seeks to engage students in a new dialogue, one that offers a broader perspective, challenges their conceptualization of struggle, and encourages them to consider the ways in which failure is a valuable opportunity for growth.

Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  The Stronger Than initiative believes that this courage can be developed in every student, and we are here to teach them how.

Want to know more about Stronger Than?  Contact Mia Zamora, LCSW at miamcz@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-3100.