Resources for College Students
Web pages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Managing Anxiety and Stress – This web page contains basic guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on managing mental health stressors during COVID-19.
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infectious Disease Outbreak – This tip sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information on typical reactions to social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, and ways to take care of oneself. The sheet also provides a list of hotlines and other resources for obtaining help.
- Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak – This information sheet from the World Health Organization (WHO) contains suggestions for coping with COVID-19 for the general population and specific groups including health care workers, caretakers of children and older adults, and people living in isolation.
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty – This blog post from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides five suggestions for coping with the uncertainty due to COVID-19.
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Helpful Expert Tips and Resources – This web page, updated daily by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), contains links to a wide variety of resources for coping with general anxiety and some specific anxiety disorders during COVID-19, including articles, information sheets, blog posts, and videos.
- The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
- Safety on campus U.S. News and World Report article on staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
FOR STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN:
- Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks – This tip sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides caregivers, parents, and teachers with information on reactions children and youth may have during an infectious disease outbreak and how to support them. Some of the information is tailored for different age groups.
- Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus – This web page from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) provides parents with specific suggestions for helping children cope with COVID-19.
- CDC’s Helping Children Cope with Emergencies – This page outlines tips for understanding the emotional impact emergency situations have on children, including common reactions by age.
- The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.
- MHA’s Mental Health & COVID-19 Resources Mental Health America lists several links for parents, including mental wellness and educational tools.
FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS:
Students who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns.
- MHA’s Mental Health & COVID-19 Resources Mental Health America provides a listing of articles, tools for connecting with others, apps for managing anxiety, and coping tips.
- Online AA Meetings for those in recovery
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Crisis Text Line Text “START” to 741-741
Online Recovery Support Meetings
Social Distancing can be a challenge for those in recovery. WVDII maintains a listing of online meetings and support for those in recovery.
WEconnect and Unity Recovery are partnering together to offer 4 daily all recovery meetings to anyone in the world. Meetings will follow an open format and are available to anyone in or seeking recovery. 7 days a week: 9am ; 12pm; 3pm; 9pm ; All times are EDT.
Join by navigating to: https://unityrecovery.zoom.us/j/2656499375
Sober Grid allows you to create online profiles and interact, support, and engage with other people in recovery using a platform similar to Facebook. You can also use the app to create anonymous check-ins about whether you’re sober or not, your mood, and what’s going on.
SoberTool is an easy way to track your clean and sober days. The app includes daily motivational messages and reminders to keep you on target
The WEconnect app provides you with daily reminders to stay on track with your recovery plan. You can create reminders to call your sponsor, go to a group meeting, or meditate—anything you need to provide that extra push.
AA Big Book – This app gives you access to the full text of the Big Book, along with a meeting finder, podcasts, prayers, and personal stories. You can use the app to bookmark meaningful passages, make notes on individual chapters in the comment section, and search for specific keywords.
12 Step Meditation Daily Reflections for AA, NA, Al-Anon– This app features hundreds of easy-to-follow guided meditations, as well as soothing music, prayers, and 12-step recovery audio.
I Am Sober– to track your sober days and milestones, build new habits, and enjoy ongoing motivation from a community of people who get it.
Pink Cloud- locate meetings near you based on your location
Mindfulness and Meditation Apps