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Helpful Links

It can be difficult to find reliable health information on the internet. Below you can find links from trustworthy sources about everything from certain diseases, wellness, dating and relationships, mental health and much more.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program The mission of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program (AODEP) is to serve as a leader in the prevention and reduction of alcohol and other drug abuse.
Campus Ministry Campus Ministry provides students with the resources and opportunities for religious and spiritual growth. All are welcome, regardless of faith tradition.
Counseling Center The mission of the Counseling Center is to guide students toward personal wellness, balance and growth. Licensed counselors facilitate this through personal counseling and wellness education.
Public Safety SXU's Public Safety serves the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University. Public Safety is committed to the highest quality of protective services in order to maintain and improve SXU's unique educational environment and quality of life.
Shannon Center Maintain physical wellness at SXU's fitness center.
Sexual Misconduct How to get help, file a report and get ongoing assistance following sexual misconduct.

CDC The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource to learn about health conditions, immunizations, healthy living, traveler's health, and college health and safety.
CDPH The Chicago Department of Public Health supplies health services throughout the City of Chicago, such as HIV primary care, immunization clinics, mental health, primary care, STI clinics and WIC.
Familydoctor.org Learn about different health topics, including diseases and conditions, prevention and wellness, family health, and health resources.
IDPH The Illinois Department of Public Health website has information about health issues affecting the state of Illinois.
VFC-Illinois The Vaccine for Children program in Illinois is a federally funded, state administered program that provides free vaccines to eligible children ages 18 and younger. Vaccines are provided at no cost to the provider or the patient. Find a VFC provider on this website.

Exercise
Food and Nutrition
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov: This website from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has information about finding a healthy eating style and building it throughout your lifetime. Includes many interactive tools.
  • EatRight: Information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • MyFitnessPal: Free calorie counter, diet and exercise journal
  • NHLBI: A healthy eating plan from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Mental Health
  • See the tab below for information and resources for mental health
Dating, Relationship and Sexual Health
  • CDC: Find information about STDs, reproductive health and other topics.
  • Loveisrespect.org: Provides support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Also provides information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
  • One Love: Helps people to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Learn how to help a friend in an unhealthy relationship.
  • Sexual Health: Topics pertaining to sexual health from the American Sexual Health Association.
Healthy Pregnancy
  • CDC: Information and tips for before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • Familydoctor.org: Taking Care of You and Your Baby While Pregnant
  • Office of Women's Health: Information and tips for before, during and after pregnancy.
Quit Tobacco
  • American Lung Association: Learn facts about tobacco, how to quit, and how to help someone else quit.
  • CDC: Learn how to quit.
  • E-Cigarettes: Information from the CDC about vaping.
  • Smokefree.gov: Support, tips, tools and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking.
  • Smokeless Tobacco: Learn how to quit chewing tobacco.
  • Quitline: The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free service that can help you quit for good. Chat online or call 1-866-QUIT-YES.

Asthma
  • AAAAI: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has information on asthma symptoms and treatment.
  • Asthma: General information from the CDC.
Cancer
COPD
  • American Lung Association: The American Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by COPD. They offer a variety of resources and information about the disease.
  • NHLBI: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers general information about COPD.
Diabetes
Heart Disease
  • American Heart Association: Learning about how to make healthy lifestyle choices, information about heart conditions, and support for patients and caregivers.
  • Heart disease: General information from Mayo Clinic.
Hyperlipidemia (High cholesterol)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
LGBTQ Health
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health: Information from the CDC about the health issues of LGBT men, women and youth.
  • Howard Brown Health: Howard Brown is a comprehensive health clinic in multiple locations throughout the Chicago area focusing on LGBTQ health.
  • Trans Lifeline's Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. They accept calls from those in crisis or from those who just need to talk.
Women's Health
  • Office on Women's Health: As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Women's Health offers information about specific conditions pertaining to women, health and wellness, and reproductive health.
  • Women's Health: General women's health topics and initiatives from the CDC.

Alcoholism
  • Alcoholics Anonymous®: AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Find general information and meetings here.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups: Al-Anon and Alateen is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
Domestic Violence
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat online to be connected to domestic violence advocate. Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
  • Pillars Community Health: Call the 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-708-485-5254 to be connected to Chicago-area domestic violence advocates.
Drug Abuse
  • Marijuana Anonymous: For those who feel marijuana controls their lives and wish to quit.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
  • SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Eating Disorders
  • NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
  • Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, purging, overexercising, restricting and overeating.
Gambling Addiction
  • Gamblers Anonymous: GA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
General Mental Health Info
  • MentalHealth.gov: General information about mental health, including how to get help.
  • CDC Mental Health: Learn about mental health and find tools and resources
  • College Students: Issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of college students
PTSD
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Find information for veterans and the general public about causes and treatments for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • NIH: Information about signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatments for PTSD from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Pillars Community Health: Call the 24-hour sexual assault hotline at 1-708-482-9600 to be connected to Chicago-area sexual assault advocates.
  • RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) that is confidential and can connect you to local sexual assault service providers.
Suicide Prevention and Support
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.
  • AFSP: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
  • #BeThe1To: #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's message to spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. This is an excellent resource for people who need expert advice about how to approach someone who may be considering suicide, including their 5 action steps.
Transgender Crisis Hotline
  • Trans Lifeline's Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified.
Veterans Mental Health
  • Veterans Affairs--Mental Health: Get help and find mental health resources.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or Text to 838255 to be connected to qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text.