Coronavirus Information

Read president's COVID 19 Response Update From March 30
Resources For Coping During the Coronavirus Epidemic
 
MMA Counseling Center

The Counseling Center remains open. We are here to support you in any way that we can. Please reach out!

We can be reached:

Your call will be directed to the monitored Health Services phone line and someone will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, there are options for connecting with a Mental Health Provider in your community:

  • Contact your primary care physician for a referral
  • Contact your insurance company to find an in-network provider
  • TeleMental Health (see one of the providers below)
  • Psychology Today's find a therapist tool can be accessed at:

Find a Therapist
 

Crisis and Emergency

In the case of a mental health emergency, students should call 911 or contact their local emergency department. The following are additional crisis resources.

Crisis Text Line – Text Hello to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis services.

  • Contact by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • More information can be found on their website:

Suicide Provention Life Line
 

Coping Resources for Managing Coronavirus Concerns

Navigating this uncertain time can be challenging. News about Coronavirus, along with concerns the virus could become more widespread, can leave us feeling unsettled, anxious and overwhelmed. It’s important to recognize and be aware of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and find ways to manage varying levels of distress. The following information, tools and resources can be helpful in putting information and concerns in perspective, managing anxiety, and maintaining a positive outlook. Many people across the country have pulled together to make the following resources available. We are all in this together and will make it through together. Let’s stay strong and healthy!

Recognizing Distress – A Self-Check List
  • Increased anxiety, worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
  • An inability to focus or concentrate that interrupts daily living
  • A fear of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
  • Sudden anger and disruptive behaviors or noticeable changes in personality
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Excessive crying
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others or fears of going out in public
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
     
Mental Health Tips
  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you’re feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties about the future.
  • Maintain structure and routine. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself from the caring and support that others can provide.
  • Seek accurate information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information.
  • Pay attention to positive news, instead of only focusing on negative and fear producing reports.
  • Practice calming rituals and stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
  • Eat well, exercise regularly and keep consistent sleep hours.
  • Maintain connection with supportive family and friends
     
Avoid Stigmatizing or Generalizing
  • Be aware of your attitude changes towards others from another country
  • Avoid generalizing that anyone who is sick has the Coronavirus
  • Examine any irrational or rigid thoughts that can exist when there is uncertainty
Resources
Virtual Self Care

Active Minds has created a special online hub for students to support their mental health during COVID-19 (live webinars included)

Online Hub for Students
A guide to living with worry during global uncertainty.

 Guide to Living With Worry during global uncertainty
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this resource related to mental health and coping during COVID-19

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

On Being
Care Package for Uncertain Times

Sounds True
Resilience in Challenging Times

Tao Connect
Quick and Easy Relaxation Exercises

Calm App’s
Free Meditations and Stories

Free
Headspace Meditations

Lizzo’s Meditation and Mantra
Promote Global Healing

Yo Yo Ma’s
Songs of Comfort
 

Helpful Articles

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

American Psychological Association
Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

American Psychological Association
Building Your Resilience

Coping with Anxiety Related to Coronavirus

Recovery Support Online

A couple of free sites:

TeleMental Health Providers:

Billed through individual insurance providers
Virtual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

BCBS for Massachusetts Teletherapy

Teletherapy by Subscription
 

Helplines
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for  people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks including COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
       
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • A 24/7, free and confidential substance use information and referral service in English and Spanish.
      • More information can be found on their webpage: SAMHSA

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