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Coping With COVID-19: Mental Health Resources

Coping with COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 outbreak had and continues to have a lasting impact on the emotional and mental health of the UMD community, even if we were not directly exposed to the disease. After over a year COVID-19 disrupting daily routines and academic, professional and personal activities, the UMD community is slowly adjusting to returning to campus. Just as members of the UMD Community are becoming more hopeful, others are still grieving and managing the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives. 

We have created this page as a resource to support graduate students. It includes:

  • Mental and Emotional Wellness Tips

    • Connecting to Resources on Campus

    • Connecting with Social Support

    • Taking Care of Yourself 

    • New Resources for Parents 

  • On-Campus Resources

    • Counseling Services through the Counseling Center

    • The Health Center

      • Behavioral Health Service

      • Live Stream Meditation Sessions

      • Faculty Staff Assistance Program 

  • Off Campus Mental Health Resources

    • Telecounseling

    • Non-therapy Mental Health Resources

    • Mental Health Apps

**As always, if you experience a mental health emergency, please call 911.** 
 

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS TIPS

Please keep the following mental and emotional wellness tips from Graduate Academic Counselor Simone Warrick-Bell in mind as this situation unfolds: 

  • Connect with resources on campus 

  • Connect with social support 

  • Take care of yourself 

    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media updates. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Consuming too much news can increase anxiety, stress and trigger traumatic responses.

    • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. 

    • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy such as listening to music, watching movies, streaming television shows or going for a social distanced walk


New Resources for Parents Returning to Campus

For Graduate Students who are parents, the campus has compiled a list of resources that are available to support graduate student parents.  New Resources can be accessed here

The CDC has outlined resources to help with making a decision in reference to children returning to school and talking with your children about the pandemic

 

Please consider using the following resources for supporting your mental health during this time. And as always, if you experience a mental health emergency, please call 911. 

On-Campus Mental Health Resources 

Counseling Services through the Counseling Center

The center began providing various services in-person during the Fall 2021 semester however; certain services remained to be offered virtually.   Counseling Services offers individual and group counseling services.  More information about services can be found here

  • To schedule an intake appointment, please call 301-314-7651

  • After Hours Crisis Support Phone Services are available 24/7 at 301-314-7651


The Health Center 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Behavioral Health Services will be providing individual, group and medication management appointments.  Services will be offered both virtually and in-person.  Information related to services can be accessed here

LIVE STREAM MEDITATIONS

Access the Health Center's live-stream meditations.  The times are updated on the website and change each semester. 

FACULTY STAFF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

The FSAP are offering both in-person and virtual appointments.  Graduate Students who have an assistantship are eligible for services via FSAP and can schedule an appointment by contacting Tom at 301-314-8170 or Joan at 301-314-8099 and they will get your message.  Alternatively, you can email them at ruggieri@umd.edu or jbellsey@umd.edu. Information related to services can be accessed here. 

 

Off Campus Mental Health Resources

Telecounseling

  • Telecounseling is available via insurance. Contact the Graduate Academic Counselor, Simone Warrick-Bell, and she can help you find a provider who offers telecounseling and would be in-network with your insurance.


Non-therapy Mental Health Resources & Tips

The following online resources provide more tips to cope with life stressors and do your best to maintain your mental and emotional health during this time.

“Taking Care of Your Emotional Health.” CDC.gov

“Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources.” National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI. https://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf

COPING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING 

“Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe.” American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing 

FEAR AND ANXIETY

“Free Guide to Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.” Psychologytools.com. https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/

CHALLENGING RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA AND COPING

“How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism.” Teaching Tolerance. https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/how-to-respond-to-coronavirus-racism

Mental Health Apps

Numerous mental health apps exist to support and encourage positive mental health practices. Many of these are free, or at a low cost, and are available for download on your device.

HEADSPACE

Apple; Google Play

CALM

Apple; Google Play 

STOP, BREATHE AND THINK

Apple; Google Play