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Help Yourself Campaign @ the UNT Libraries

Students can face many challenges and situations while in college. We can help you help yourself. Guide created and maintained by Brea Henson.

What is the Help Yourself Campaign?

The Help Yourself Campaign (HYC) connects UNT students with library resources on topics that may be difficult and stressful for individuals to learn about or discuss openly due to contextual factors in their lives. We understand it can take time before individuals might be ready to talk to a person. We aim to help you help yourself.

Topics include:

  • Adjusting to College
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Civic Engagement
  • (Dis)Ability Diversity and Neurodivergent Identities
  • Financial Literacy
  • Food & Housing Insecurity
  • Harassment & Stalking
  • Legal Resources
  • LGBTQIA+, Sexual Orientation, & Gender/Non-Gender Conforming Identities
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship & Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Health & Reproductive Education
  • Substance Abuse & Rehab
  • Veteran Resources
  • Work-Life-Balance & Career Planning

Additional campus, local, and national resources available. Content provided on this guide and within the UNT Libraries collection's are for informational and educational use and should not be considered legal advice. Students can receive legal advice from Student Legal Services

HYC collections can be used in information-seeking and deeper self-guided bibliotherapy. HYC online resources can connect students to the many student-support offices on campus or in the Denton/DFW community that provide compassionate care when students are ready for the next step in their self-care. We understand it can take time for individual to be ready to talk to someone directly about their struggles.

Books on Help Yourself Campaign topics can be searched using subject headings and keywords. Use book call numbers to find books at Willis Library 3rd floor and Sycamore Library Mezzanine. Reading suggestions, collection highlights, government, and public online resources, and a list of campus and local support offices are available on the left-hand-sided tabs. Physical materials can be checked out at one of our service desks or through our self-check machines for complete privacy. Patron records, including check outs, are not shared with third parties unless under a government-issued subpoena.  

Look for campaign signs in the stacks!

LGBTQ+, Sexual Orientation, & Gender Deities Help Yourself Campaign at the UNT Libraries banner with subject heading, call numbers, and online resource url and qr code.Mental Health Help Yourself at the UNT Libraries banner with subject heading, call numbers, and online resource url and qr code.Food & Housing Insecurities Help Yourself at the UNT Libraries banner with subject heading, call numbers, and online resource url and qr code.Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence Help Yourself at the UNT Libraries banner with subject heading, call numbers, and online resource url and qr code.Substance Abuse & Rehab Help Yourself at the UNT Libraries banner with subject heading, call numbers, and online resource url and qr code.

History of the Campaign

The Help Yourself Campaign was launched during the 2017 Fall semester in time with the annual National Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month in September. The campaign was started by Dr. Spencer Keralis, the former department head of the Digital Humanities and Collaborative Programs at the UNT Libraries. 

At the dissolution of this department, Brea Henson aimed to continue and expand the campaign as a representative of the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Committee. Henson is the author of Library Resources for Dean of Students University Initiatives guide that has additional resources for national awareness months and DoS initiatives. 

Resources Available to Student Support Units

Student-serving campus organizations may request copies of our outreach card with QR code for your office by emailing We appreciate your help in spreading awareness of our resources to the broader UNT community.

Notices about Third Party Information

As of April 2021, only UNT resources are provided on theses pages and third-party information has been removed unless the organization is an academic or a government organization or a certifying professional board. All third party resources, including non-profits and philanthropies, have been moved to the "Local & National Resource" tab. 

Further as of April 2021, only non-profits and philanthropies will be accepted as additional resources for the Help Yourself Campaign. 

Disclaimer about third-party resources: The additional resources have been selected for their educational content and potential free services only. Each resource is vetted for accurate information as well as ensuring the company or organization aligns with the UNT mission and values. When possible, non-profit status is provided. No financial agreements or contracts were signed for providing information. The UNT Libraries does not endorse any third party company or organization listed as a potential resource nor can the UNT Libraries recommend services provided by any third-party company or organization, though some many have existing contracts with UNT Denton or UNT System. The guide editor maintains the right to remove companies or organizations at their discretion without notification. Using third party information provided or services advertised on company or organization websites are at the individual's discretion. 

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