Mental Health

Your health and safety is our primary concern. Through BU|BeWell, Butler offers students many resources to support their mental health and overall well-being. We want to make you aware of these resources that are available to assist all students. Options are available to meet varying levels of individual needs.

It can be tough to know what self-care you need when you aren’t sure how you’re feeling. The following prompts can be used to check in with yourself & determine which methods of self-care might be beneficial. These prompts can be used at any time to help identify where you might direct your self-care.

  • How are you really feeling today? What’s one small thing you could do that would help you feel better?
  • How do you know when you need to take a break?
  • When you need a break, do you prefer to spend time alone or with others?
  • How can you prioritize your basic needs first (drinking water, nourishing your body, getting enough sleep)?

The below videos can also provide more information on some of the services and resources listed on this page:


  • Butler students have access to the mobile app, Headspace, for free! Students can enroll HERE. This mobile app provides guided meditations for all types of needs and all times of day, sleepcasts and bedtime audio, and guided cardio for the mind and body.
  • Do you already have a Headspace account and want to transition to a free account? This and other Frequently Asked Questions are answered on the Headspace FAQ page.
  • This resource is sponsored by The Office of Student Affairs starting Spring 2021.
  • Butler is partnering with MindWise to provide online mental health screenings for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other well-being factors. This program is completely anonymous and confidential. Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources available to you, including Butler-specific resources. Students may access MindWise screenings here. This screening is FREE.
  • The 360 Proof Personal Feedback Index (PFI) is a confidential online self-check for substance use that provides immediate feedback and personalized strategies to reduce negative impacts. Students may access the 360 Proof PFI here. This screening is FREE.
  • Try using one of these apps or websites to address brief feelings of anxiety or stress in the moment: Helpful Calming Apps
  • Other ideas or activities to consider:
    • Mindfulness or grounding exercises
    • Breathing exercises
    • Fidget devices
    • Pipe cleaner
    • Play-doh
  • Let’s Talk is a FREE service that offers students a brief, informal, confidential consultation with a Butler counseling staff member by Zoom. This is not a substitute for therapy and not to be used for crisis situations, but is a great resource for students to begin a conversation about a concern or to seek advice. Visit the site to see the available drop-in hours and Zoom links.
  • Talk to an on-campus mental health educator or become certified in Mental Health First Aid yourself. Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches trainees about mental health and substance-use issues. A number of Butler students, faculty, and staff have completed this training and are available to help you. Click here for more information and to connect with a caring member of our community.
  • Check out this listing of resources that you can quickly reference if you find yourself in an unexpected situation.
  • Feeling anxiety or stress from academics? The Center for Academic Success and Exploration is committed to providing a welcoming, student-centered environment that challenges all Butler students to reach their academic potential. Through developmental advising and process-oriented exploration and reflection, we encourage students to develop a plan and take action in support of their academic, personal, and professional goals. Check out this site for more academic resources.
  • CCS offers a wide variety of services including individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric medication management, and more. CCS is offering virtual sessions this fall. Visit the CCS website for more information or to schedule an appointment. These services are available at NO CHARGE to Butler students.
  • CCS also offers a number of outreach and training programs including suicide prevention training and programs related to stress management, eating disorders, and more. Additional resources include:
  • The Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) supports all students through opportunities for meditation, pastoral care, vocational reflection, and more. The CFV also offers one-on-one Spiritual Care Conversations to help you process and reflect. These conversations are designed to provide support, without judgment, for students navigating important life moments and questions.
  • The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) Office is designed to support survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, as well as help shape a campus culture free from interpersonal violence through prevention education, training, and direct service coordination. For more information about support and reporting, visit our site on addressing sexual misconduct.
  • ThrivingCampus is an updated listing of local mental health professionals. The site allows users to search by practice area, insurance coverage, gender, language, race, client age group, and more, and is intended to connect students, faculty, and staff to long-term therapy or specialized support. This tool is FREE to access.
  • Through the HealthiestYou app, Butler students enrolled in the University’s United Healthcare student insurance plan can use this service at NO CHARGE. Students not enrolled in the University-sponsored insurance plan can access the service for a reduced fee. Service includes 24/7 access to a doctor for students on the insurance plan.

A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s behavior puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others and/or prevents them from being able to care for themselves or function effectively in the community.

The following crisis resources are also available:

  • St. Vincent’s Stress Center 24-hour line: 317-338-4800
  • Community North 24-hour line: 317-621-5700 or text HelpNow to 20121
  • National Suicide Hotline: 888-273-TALK (8255)
  • Local Crisis Hotline: 317-251-7575
  • Lifeline Chat
  • Support one another, and speak up if someone you know appears to be having difficulty. You can reach out directly to our Dean of Students or submit a Care Report if you know of a student who needs help.
  • Having a conversation about mental health might be uncomfortable, but it can make all the difference. Check out these tools from Seize the Awkward that can help you help those in need.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be  developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

The MHFA Certification is comprised of two parts: a 2-hour self-paced online module that must be completed before attending a live 6-hour Zoom session. Participants must complete both components before earning their certification.

Learn more about the MHFA program.