Coping With Stress Related To COVID-19

A message from us, to you:

These are challenging times.  There can be fear, stress, and anxiety related to COVID-19. We want you to know Campus Health is here to support you. 

Begin here (or keep scrolling for tips and helpful COVID-19 of resources).

Resources at Campus Health:

Want to Talk? We'll Listen

If you are a University of Arizona student and would like to talk with a mental health counselor, please call Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) at (520) 621-3334. Online counseling appointments and online groups are available starting right away.

Quick links to get you started:

Counseling and Psych Services

Crisis Support

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741​.

Connect with a live Disaster Distress Hotline crisis counselor 24/7, from all 50 states. Text TALKWITHUS for English or HABLANOS for Spanish to 66746 or call 1-800-985-5990. 

Crisis Resources and Hotlines

International Helplines and Crisis Lines

Be Well

So much is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we all adjust to the “new normal,” we want to remind you to live well, today. Taking care of your overall health can help your body fight off infection and disease. 

Take charge of your well-being with these wellness resources, and complete your own Personal Wellness Plan through the CAPS Pathways to Wellness program.

Finding Resilience Through Gratitude

Crises can be stressful and scary, but they can also be times that clarify what matters most. A helpful strategy for remaining resilient during a crisis is changing your perspective. When uncertainties or losses feel overwhelming, practice looking for what you've grown to appreciate.

The University of Arizona Campus Health Stronger Than resilience campaign asked staff at Campus Health to share what they've come to appreciate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what they had to say:

What about you? What do you appreciate more than you knew as a result of the pandemic?


Calming COVID Vaccine Anxiety

With so many unknowns and the changes all of us have faced during this time, it’s only natural that we’d also be more susceptible to anxiety. While natural, anxiety can be scary – especially when there are other health-related concerns on everyone’s mind. If you're experiencing anxiety about COVID or the COVID vaccine, or you're helping with a COVID vaccine clinic, follow these tips on recognizing signs of anxiety and panic, talking to someone who is experiencing anxiety, and a simple 3-part Breathe, Redirect, Do strategy anyone can use to find relief from anxiety.

Find out more about coping with COVID vaccine anxiety.

Resources for managing stress and anxiety during this pandemic:

Want to talk? We'll listen. CAPS remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet with students remotely through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing. At CAPS, enrolled students can speak with licensed mental health professionals about things like:

  • anxiety and depression
  • eating and body image
  • alcohol and drug concerns
  • family, friend, roommate, and relationship problems
  • sexual assault and relationship violence
  • crises and trauma
  • psychiatric medication
  • And anything else you need to talk about.

All currently enrolled students are eligible to be seen at CAPS. 

Find out more about who we are and what we do or call (520) 621-3334 now to find out how to get started



This pandemic is stressful in a lot of ways, but we’re all in this together figuring it out, and there are absolutely things you can do to feel better.

Stay Well

That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief Harvard Business Review interview with David Kessler

Reach Out

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline:  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Are you experiencing a mental health crisis? Visit our Crisis Resources & Hotlines page to learn more about identifying a crisis and reaching out for help.

Stay Informed



CALM: Soothing meditations, mindfulness resources, and more.

Grid Diary: An easy way to track healthy habits, the day's tasks, and reflect on your life.

Focus To-Do: Pomodoro timer and to-do list. (Or use this online Pomodoro timer)

Liberate Meditations and talks designed for the Black, Indigenous, and people of color experience. Led by BIPOC teachers.

Mind Shift: Evidence-based tools and exercises for anxiety, worry, panic, and perfectionism.

Relax Melodies: Soothing music for sleep and relaxation.

Shine: Inclusive meditations, diverse community, personalized affirmations, and gratitude journaling.

Stressbusters Wellness, UA Edition: Stress relief at your fingertips: audio tracks, relaxation, meditation, and more.

TAO Pathways: Free self-help programming for students with activities recommended by CAPS. Enroll in TAO PATHWAYS for free and enter the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520

What's Up: A free, evidence-based app for coping with depression, stress, and more. Available for IOS and Android.

30 Day Mental Health Project: Daily ideas to help you manage your stress and support your mental health [@UAZCampusHealth Instagram Story Highlight]

See our full list of helpful apps and online resources: Online Self-Help Tools & Apps

Handouts and Worksheets:

10 Tips for Coping With COVID-19 from Campus Health Handout

Pathways to Wellness Complete your Personal Wellness Plan or simply browse our library of tips and resources for 9 domains of wellness.

Somatic Coping in a Pandemic Handout

Self Help Programming To Help You Cope (made just for college students) Enroll here for free and enter the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520

Virtual Collegiate Recovery Resources from ARHE

Move Your Body:

2020 National Recreation Movement -access to live and pre-recorded workout videos from 40 campus rec centers across the country.

Get Active, Live Healthy, Be Well At Home - Campus Rec's on-demand virtual offerings: full length group fitness classes, workout programs, Outdoor Recreation tips and tricks, Intramural E-Sports tournaments, and more. 


Following (and limiting your time on) reliable media sources for COVID-19 updates can help your mental health.  Here are some tips and reliable sources:

Tips for Media Consumption

5 Tips to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
How To Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News
How To Set Boundaries for Media (@afspnational):

  • Set intentional time for media consumption, limit scrolling
  • Filter feeds to positive content, limiting posts that may cause stress
  • Read stories from trusted sources and be cautious of misinformation on social
  • Avoid news right before bedtime
  • Turn off notifications and avoid reading comments as needed

COVID-19 News Sources

Arizona Department of Health Services @AZDHS
Center for Disease Control @cdcgov
Pima County Health Department @pchd
Visual Capitalist: The Best 7 COVID Resources We've Discovered So Far
World Health Organziation @WHO

Mental Health Resources

Active Minds @active_minds
AFSP National @afspnational
CDC @cdcgov
Crisis Text Line @crisistextline

We're all facing challenges adjusting to life during COVID19. Do you want ideas to help support your sleep, nutrition, relationships, physical activity, mental health, and more? Wherever you are, we're here for you.

Take Charge of Your Well-Being in 2021

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Self-Help Programming to Help College Students Cope

Enroll in TAO PATHWAYS for free and enter the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520