Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, everyone has different reactions to the burden of stress due to the novel coronavirus. 

You may experience: 

  • Increased stress and anxiety beyond your normal levels
  • Concerns about balancing school, work, and relationships from home 
  • Anger and anxiety about having to confine your daily movement to one space  
  • A desire to use unhealthy coping mechanisms that interfere with normal eating, sleeping, and self-care behaviors, such as eating too much or too little, and excessive use of drugs or alcohol
  • Boredom and frustration because you may not be able to go about your daily routine
  • Symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or sleeping too little or too much 

How to support yourself: 

  • Connect with others. Reach out to people you trust using text messaging, the telephone, emails, video chats, and social media to keep in touch and talk about how you are doing.
  • Maintain a routine and take care of your body. Stick to a sleep schedule and eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. It’s good to be knowledgeable, but too much exposure can become overwhelming.
  • Identify things you are hopeful for or grateful for in your life.
  • Infuse some variety into your daily activities. Try something new you have been meaning to do.

Source: Adapted from the CDC website


Below are links to tips to help you manage your anxiety, and resources to help serve the social and emotional needs of our campus community, as we adjust to the evolving impact of COVID-19.

If you're having trouble coping on your own, please reach out. Counseling Services is still here for you. If you have any questions about your options for mental health support, call us at 541-346-3227. We will have the next available counselor return your call to discuss your options and to answer your questions.

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Coronavirus Anxiety and Supporting Students’ Mental Health

Tips to Manage Anxiety (American Psychological Association) 

Coronavirus Anxiety Podcast (APA)

Coronavirus Response Research (APA)

Psychological First Aid: Resources for Faculty in Higher Education (Tufts University)

Managing Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19 Outbreak (CDC)

Toolkit for Caring for Coronavirus Anxiety (Shine)

Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-Related School Closures (Active Minds)

Live and pre-recorded webinars and discussions: COVID-19, social distancing, and mental health (Active Minds)

COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health (JED)

National Support Lines

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386

Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741