CPRC Helpful Resources


Mental Health America (MHA) Life on Campus page has helpful information such as:  Balancing Work and School, How to Deal with Homesickness in College, How to Deal with Roommate Problems, How to Handle the Stress of Planning your Future, and How to Talk to your Professor about your Mental Health, etc.!

Life on Campus


Your guide to the transition from high school to college and adulthood.  A new program that guides students, families and high school educators through the social, emotional and mental health challenges related to this transition.  This includes a section on “How to Adjust to College” with helpful topics such as:  The Importance of Sleep, Ways to Get and Stay Active on Campus, Healthy Eating on Campus, Getting Involved, Feeling Lonely, Dealing with Homesickness, Roommate Communication Tips, etc.!

Set To Go 


This website contains college study tips, tricks, skills and guides to help you manage your time, take better notes, study more effectively, improve memory, take tests and handle the stresses of college life. 

Academic Tips 



This website contains tips and information in order to help you stay safe and healthy in college. 

College Health & Safety 


IDONTMIND is a mental health awareness campaign working to defeat the stigma around mental illness, with the goal to get people talking about their minds and to generate positive messaging about mental health.  This website includes information on specific mental health problems, as well as additional articles such as:  The Stress of College Can Weigh Heavily on Your Mind, 5 Reasons Why It’s Healthy to Cry, 6 Ways to Feel Less Lonely, and Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Your World is Falling Apart to go to Therapy, etc.! 



This national campaign encourages individuals to “seize the awkward” by reaching out to a friend who may be struggling with mental health problems.  This includes a “Having a Conversation” section with topics such as:  Learn the Signs, Starting the Conversation, During the Conversation, and After the Conversation. 

Seize the Awkward 


Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country.  Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year.  The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15 – 24.  The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment.  When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives.  The aim of this website is to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.

Half of Us 


How will you STAY TODAY?  Love is louder than the distance between us.

Right now, many of us are struggling with increased levels of anxiety, sadness, fear and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 crisis, news of violence and tragedy, political tensions and difficult – but critical – conversations about racism.  Many people are practicing physical distancing and staying safe during a time when we need connection and support more than ever.  Taking care of our mental health and supporting each other helps us cope with stress and anxiety while protecting our immune systems and physical health.  Explore this website for simple things we can do to take care of our emotional health, cope with the challenges we are facing, stay safe and healthy, and look out for each other. 

Love is Louder 


ACT:  Acknowledge that you see signs of depression or suicide in a friend or yourself.  Care – Show your friend that you’re worried about them and offer support.  Tell a trusted adult so you can get help.  Additional guided exercises to reduce stress and anxiety, and healthy coping strategies. 




  • My3: Lets you stay connected when you are having thoughts of suicide. 
  • Circle of six app: Need help getting home?  Need an interruption?  This is the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night.  A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens. 
  • Stop, Breathe, and Think: Slay your stress, get more sleep or find your calm with short mindfulness activities tuned to your emotions.  
  • Mood Panda: Mood-tracking app.  
  • MindShift: Is anxiety getting in the way of your life?  MindShift CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. 


Needing help finding local resources?  2-1-1 is a three-digit helpline that connects anyone with local support and resources such as for:  rent assistance, food pantries, affordable housing, utility assistance, etc.

Learn More Here 



An Early Alert Referral is an alert from an instructor or other concerned person.  This is due to concerns of an individual experiencing academic difficulties, or personal life situations that may be impacting academic life.  An Early Alert Referral can help individuals find support resources to stay in class and successfully finish.  Falling behind in studies can have a domino effect on an individual’s ability to earn their degree, transfer, graduate or even qualify for financial aid or scholarships.  Let us assist you in identifying individualized options, resources, and opportunities to help you succeed.  If you are uncertain whether to complete a CARE Team or Early Alert Referral, please know that either would be appropriate, because staff that review each referral will be able to respond accordingly. 

Early Alert Referral



The CARE Team or Campus Assessment-Response-Evaluation Team provides guidance and assistance to students who are experiencing crisis, displaying odd or unusual behaviors, or engaging in other behaviors that may be perceived as being harmful (either to a student individually or to others). 

The CARE Team is composed of representatives from different areas and departments of IHCC; and staff at the CPRC are able to work closely with the CARE Team to best support students.  Please view the link below if you would like to find out more information about the CARE Team and/or to make a referral.

Care Team



Keeping Indian Hills students, faculty and staff safe is our No. 1 priority.  If you would like more information on Safety and Security measures and contacts, please visit the link below.

Safety & Security



Work Life Balance EAP is designed to help employees find solutions for the everyday challenges of work and home as well as for more serious issues involving emotional and physical well-being.  This is a confidential service between the employee and consultant/counselor.  This also includes medical emergency assistance when traveling and provides survivors of eligible employees and/or employees facing a life-threatening illness with financial advice.  In order to access these services, employees must relay that they are covered by UNUM to receive this benefit.  Information can be found at the Staff Resources page under “Human Resources Forms and Policies” and “Work-Life Balance Program”; or contact the Human Resources office with questions.


Contact Us

Counseling and Prevention Resource Center
Indian Hills Community College
Trustee Hall, First Floor

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5152 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5152
Email: [email protected]

Questions about services may be emailed, however, we do not schedule appointments via email, because email is not considered a confidential communication. Staff are also not able to check email with regularity or frequency,  therefore for the timeliest and most confidential communication, please call!