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.
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:
- Find out how to get started with an appointment at CAPS.
- Download our Services and Resources handout.
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.
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?
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.
Or download our Services and Resources Handout.
CAPS Online Groups
Free Daily Groups
Free Daily (M-F) Online Support Group - meets M-F from 1-2 pm (Tucson time), beginning March 30.
Free Daily (M-F) Guided Meditations - meets M-F at 10:30 am (Tucson time), beginning April 6.
CAPS Weekly Groups
LGBTQ+ Support Group - cosponsored by CAPS, LGBTQ Affairs, and Dean of Students Office
Making Sense of it All: An Existential Therapy Group * currently full
CAPS Grad Student Groups
4 Things To Do Everyday For Your Mental Health
Active Minds: Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic - Resource Hub
APA: Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
Managing the Stress of Living at Home For College
Meal Planning During COVID19
Supporting Your Mental Health While Navigating Change
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.
Mind Shift: Evidence-based tools and exercises for anxiety, worry, panic, and perfectionism.
Relax Melodies: Soothing music for sleep and relaxation.
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
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:
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.
Music for Sleep, Study, and Meditation:
Fun & Relaxing Videos:
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
Self-Help Programming to Help College Students Cope
Enroll in TAO PATHWAYS for free and enter the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520