From IU’s Student Wellness Center: 6 Questions To Ask Yourself
Feeling overwhelmed? Looking for a way to ground yourself or get motivated? Try asking yourself these daily quarantine questions:
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
- What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
- How am I getting outside today?
- How am I moving my body today?
- What beauty am I either creating, cultivating, or inviting today?
Tips from IU Counseling Services: Promoting Mental Health
You or someone you love may be experiencing increased anxiety during this time. This is completely expected and normal, and it’s important to make your self-care a priority. Here are some links that may be helpful:
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping during COVID-19.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
- NPR has some tips on how to manage stress and practice self-care.
- The Harvard Business Review has a great article on coping during the pandemic.
- Here is a helpful article on flexibility in crisis.
- If you would like to find a counselor in your area, call the member services number on the back of your health insurance card. You can also go online to look for local therapists through Psychology Today. (Make sure the therapist you find takes insurance.) Also, most counties have low-cost counseling through community programs.
- If you are feeling as if you are in crisis, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. Also, every county in the country has a mobile crisis team. To find yours, look up “(your county) mobile crisis team” online.
Additional Crisis Resources
Valley Creek Crisis Center
If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis in Chester County, call Valley Creek Crisis Center any time, 24/7 for free telephone crisis counseling or mobile outreach. All calls are confidential, and may be anonymous.
Crisis Text Line
text ‘home’ to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Veterans Crisis Line
If you are a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
Chat online at veteranscrisisline.net 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Trevor Project Crisis Line
If you are in crisis and identify on the LGBT spectrum (or are concerned about someone who does), call 1-866-488-7386, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
If you are worried a friend off-campus might need help, call the police station in the township where the person in crisis is located, and ask the police to do a “welfare check” on your friend.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
The workbook was created by mental health professionals associated with The Wellness Society, an organization that tries to bridge the gap for individuals who don’t have easy access to traditional therapy. The Wellness Society meant for this workbook to be distributed to anyone who needs it. While the online services at the Counseling Center will be winding down soon, we wanted to leave you all with some tools for managing hard feelings. And, if you have any questions about how to find referrals off-campus for the summer, please contact Jessica Gilpert at firstname.lastname@example.org.