Emotional Well-being

Emotional well-being is the ability to navigate life’s stressors in emotionally adaptive ways through increased cognitive flexibility, a sense of agency, and emotional regulation.


Emotional Well-being Resources


Concerned about a student or yourself? Submit a Care Referral. Students are connected to resources through inter-departmental collaboration to provide them with appropriate and personalized outreach. Based on the type of support needed, a student is connected to a trained staff member who works with them one-on-one for as long as they may need the help.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Initial Consultation

The first step to accessing counseling is to attend a free, brief and confidential consultation with a member of the counseling team. During your consultation with the counselor, you will discuss the problems you would like support with and create a plan of action to address your needs. There is no appointment necessary, just call (202) 994-5300 any time between 12:00-4:00 PM.

Virtual Workshops

CAPS' workshops are open to all students and are free of charge. For more information, email [email protected].

Office of Advocacy & Support

The Office of Advocacy and Support is a resource for GW community members experiencing trauma or any other form of violence.

GW Listens

GW Listens is designed for students to speak with student volunteers who are available to provide support.

Active Minds

Check out Active Minds’ collection of resources about how to support a friend, where to turn for advice or support, and crisis information.

American Suicide Prevention Foudation

ASPF is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Self-Help Tools

CAPS Self-Help Toolkit

CAPS Self-Help Toolkit

CAPS' library of self-help tools can provide you with information and education that can help resolve personal difficulties and help you acquire the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable you to take full advantage of your experiences at GW.

Learn More: Self-Help



GW students receive free access to SilverCloud, a digital mental well-being platform. SilverCloud includes suite of on-demand, self-paced programs to address stress, depression and anxiety, insomnia, and other mental well-being topics.

Learn More: SilverCloud

Headspace App

Headspace App

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace can teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

Learn More: Headspace


Consider the following podcasts to further explore emotional well-being topics that interest you!

10% Happier author Dan Harris talks with meditation pioneers, celebrities, scientists, and health experts about training our minds.

Listen to 10% Happier

This award winning anxiety relief podcast provides tips, tools, and practices to help you manage anxiety.

Listen to Anxiety Slayer


January 31, 2020

Therapist Katie Vernoy returns to answer listener questions about therapist/patient boundaries, when to report a client (in response to a very dark survey), what therapists get wrong and how to know when we're overwhelmed.

Listen to Mental Illness Happy Hour

Therapy for Black Girls 

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Listen to Therapy for Black Girls

April 3, 2020

Brene Brown talks about over and under-functioning in anxious times, why anxiety is contagious, and how we can cultivate a calm practice.

Listen to Unlocking Us with Brene Brown