COVID-19 Resources

Counseling Center

We are offering a workshop which helps students develop skills to cope with boredom, lonelienss, and stress in the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information, check out this link: ACTing Through COVID.

Emotional wellness and COVID-19

We’re all likely experiencing some emotional discomfort (or worse!)--given the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption to our lives. Grief at losing out on experiences, frustration, uncertainty—all are normal reactions at this time. The situation is ongoing and unpredictable! Here are some ideas and resources for staying strong during these unprecidented times.

Know mental health crisis support options. “COVID Cares” Support Services offers 20-minute phone support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Disaster Distress Hotline, call (800) 985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, Crisis Text Line, Text “MN” to 741741, or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call (800) 273-8255.

Connect with a therapist. We are scheduling students for telemental health therapy appointments. For information on connecting with a therapist at our center, follow this link. Note that our licenses can limit the services we are able to offer individuals who are not within Minnesota state lines. If you are outside of Minnesota at this time, we are still happy to support you in locating mental health services in your area. Feel free to call us at (507) 933-7027 for support. We have also found this NPR article to be a useful guide to connecting with a therapist during the age of social distancing.

Plan to manage external sources of stress. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has compiled a list of resources to find assistance in a number of issues--finances, student loans, food access, healthcare and insurance, legal support, employment, housing, internet/technology support, transportation, and utilities. For adjusting to studying online, see this resource the Academic Support Center created.

Be careful of Covid-19 misinformation. Rumors abound about what’s open, what’s not, what’s closing, and so on. Check out rumors for yourself by going to reputable sources. Check out state and local government sites for up to date information about closings. Go to the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for correct information about the virus.

Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours! 

  •  Maintain a regular sleep schedule—try to go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time.
  •  Work towards maintaining good nutrition and regular meals.
  •  Limit alcohol intake.
  •  Limit caffeine intake.
  •  Get some exercise!
  •  Spend some time outside, in nature, especially.
  •  Practice deep breathing, relaxation, yoga, Qigong. Not sure how to do these? YouTube!!
  •  Try taking up an activity that requires use of your body and mind, which can give you an emotional break: knitting, art, playing an instrument, etc.
  • For access to wellness resources, see this Healthy at Home guide.

Social distance does not mean social isolation. Maintain safe physical distance to keep yourself and others healthy, but stay in touch with friends and loved ones. We find Stanford University has a great list of resources addressing lonliness and connectivity during these times. If you're struggling to connect with peers, try QBuddy. This is a useful resource that allows people to connect with new friends and virtual social experiences while being socially distant. We also like this aricle on coping with loneliness during this pandemic.

Maintain a schedule and find variety in your day. Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time. Having a schedule helps us contain emotions and feel a sense of control. Use this template or a daily planner to create a weekly schedule for yourself. A lack of structure leaves us vulerable to stress, anxiety, and depression. Also, find ways to get out of your dorm room throughout the day. Staying in the same space, doing the same things for too long can create conditions that can trap a person in a depressive environment. Finding different study spaces on campus throughout the day or getteing some extra movement in your day can be helpful with breaking out of depressive environments.

Try yoga. YouTube can be your friend for finding guided yoga, regardless of what your level of yoga experience is. Here is a YouTube playlist with "Yoga for Uncertain Times".

Be resilient. Our Feel Better Fast and ACTing Through COVID workshops provide excelent outlets to build new stress management and resiliency skills. Find more information about this on our Groups & Workshops page. The JED Foundation provides support and wellness tips for this unique time in history. The JED Foundation has also created the Love is Louder project, which provides ideas on how young adults can staying engaged and creative during this time. Larry Long, Jr. PhD, LP from the University of Kansas Medical Center created a helpful presentation on this topic, Coping with COVID-19: Resiliency while socially distant. 

Look through our "Helpful Handouts" at the bottom of the "Resources" section on our menu on the left margin. There’s a lot of good info there. Don’t forget about Learn to Live (code: Gustavus), which is free for all students. This program is full of very applicable tips and information during times of stress and uncertainty.

Consider trying mental health support apps on your phone. Here is a list of some of our favorites. You might also find this link helpful in finding some app options.

Other Helpful Resources:

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document contains resources for individuals who have experienced anti-Asian racism during this pandemic as well as anti-racist education for allies. This resrouce was compiled by Heather Wong Bailey, Psy.D. and Chonlada Jarukitisakul, Ph.D. at Brown University. 

Futures Without Violence
 Support for surviors of domestic violence during COVID-19

Vector Solutions Coronavirus (COVID-19) 103: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Mental Health Crisis Response Numbers Across Minnesota

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
 Coronavirus Resource Library

American Psychological Association (APA)
 Pandemic Resource Page

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
 Coronavirus Information Hub

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 Stress and Coping

American Public Health Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NAACP: COVID-19 and Impact on Communities of Color

Teaching Tolerance: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

Brené Brown Podcasts