Safety Topic of the Month
Dealing With Stress
May can be a
stress filled month at UNM. Students are preparing for the end of term, and
finals. They are also focused on events following finals, like moving out,
getting a job lined up for summer, or other life transitions they may be facing
as the semester ends. Faculty and Staff members also have their share of
stressors as they engage with students and the needs of the University while
dealing with the transitions often associated with family during this time.
How do we
keep bad things from happening during this time? At the Police Department we often see how
adding an unexpected experience, like becoming a victim of a crime, can tip a
person from being stressed, to overwhelmed and in crisis.
| ||Here are some tips to keep you safe during this time:|
1) Slow down and take a minute to
organize your thoughts, one day at a time. If you are prepared to face the day
in phases, you are less likely to find yourself in a crisis. Simple things,
like forgetting to lock your door, leaving valuables unattended, and even
crossing the street unsafely while you are focused on things that have you
stressed can bring unpleasant results. Be alert to keeping yourself safe and on
track while dealing with your stressors.
2) Keep nourished and hydrated. Simple,
but something we forget about when we are under stress, and especially when we
are sleep deprived. Keeping yourself physically well will do wonders for your
3) Look out for each other. If you see
that someone is not dealing well with the added stress during this time of
year, suggest they use a resource to help them through it. Using excessive
amounts of drugs or alcohol are indicators that a person is not coping well.
Talk to them. Get them help before they become in crisis. There are many
resources in place to help during this time.
4) Be aware of concerning behavior and
call appropriate resources. Anyone can experience crisis, whether staff,
faculty or students.
How do you cope if you find yourself in an unexpected circumstance
Use the professional resources on campus.
1) If you are a victim of a crime, call UNMPD, or the appropriate agency if you are not on campus. Ask questions and let them guide you through the steps you need to take.
2) If you, or someone you know feels overwhelmed and in crisis, here are some resources available:
- UNM Police Department: Officers are trained on crisis intervention and are available 24 hours.
- For Emergencies: 911
- On Campus Escorts: (505) 277-2241
- UNM Security: (505) 277-6059
- UNM Hospital Security (North Campus): (505) 272-2160
- LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center Hotline: (505) 277-2911
- Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexcio (community resource for issues of sexual violence). (505) 266-7711.
- Agora Crisis Center (volunteer based crisis hotline). Agora volunteers are ready to provide compassionate, non-judgmental help for anyone in need of emotional support. (505) 277-3013.
- Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) - After Hours Crisis Counselor (505) 277-3136 and select Option 3
- Counseling and Referral Services (CARS) provides on-site services to assist UNM faculty and staff members with professional and personal concerns. (505) 272-6868.
- Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a place of advocacy, support, and safety for all members of the University of New Mexico and greater community. (505) 277-3716.
- Manzanita Counseling Center has free counseling. Call (505) 277-7311.