What to do While Waiting for an Appointment

What to do While Waiting for an Appointment

Waiting for an Appointment

Counseling and Psychological Services exists to serve the entire student body at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Because of this, there may be times where you experience a short wait to be seen at Counseling and Psychological Services when you are not in crisis.

Here are some suggested strategies to help you until your next appointment:

  1. If you are in crisis, call 402.472.5000 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to arrange a crisis appointment or walk over to Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center (1500 U St.) and tell the receptionist you need to see the crisis counselor. If you need immediate assistance after business hours, call 402.472.5000 and follow the prompts to be connected to an on-call therapist. If you feel you are a danger to yourself or others, call 911 or University Campus Police at 402.472.2222
  2. Focus on enhancing your health and well-being:
    • Eat well-balanced meals that include fruits and vegetables
    • Exercise five times a week, whether that’s taking a walk, checking out the Campus Rec Center or doing a workout at home or in your dorm
    • Drink more water
    • Aim to get at least eight hours of sleep every night
    • Get outside and breath
    • Spend a few minutes meditating or practicing mindfulness (these apps can help)
    • Creating a structured routine and try to stick with it
    • Set realistic goals
    • Think positive
  3. Check out our Get Unstuck Support Group, Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in Benton Hall, room 118. This group is an opportunity for students to ask a Counseling and Psychological Services therapist questions, get additional support for your areas of concern and learn tools for managing stress/distress and anxiety. No appointment needed to attend this group; just stop by. Note: This support group is currently suspended but will resume in late-March 2018. Check back for more details
  4. Try one of our many other support groups, therapy groups or workshops
  5. Read Student Health 101, a health and wellness website specifically for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. They feature many articles on mindfulness and mental health
  6. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We regularly share mental wellness tips, CAPS event information and more
  7. Visit the Common Concerns section on our website. We offer many resources on popular mental health and wellness topics such as depression, anxiety, stress and more