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For Students: Self-Care & Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s totally normal to feel sad, anxious, frightened, angry, or whatever other emotions you’re experiencing right now. The stress of the pandemic makes it extra important to practice self-care, and the tips and resources below can help you with this.
Emotional Wellness+ COVID-19 Resources for Students
How does that financial stress impact students’ studies, and what should educators know about these financial realities? On this podcast, two students facing these challenges share their experience as part of the series about how COVID-19 is impacting education.
While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health. During times of change and uncertainty it is ever more important to incorporate self-care and structure into your schedule. And while your typical self-care routine may no longer be available, there are ways to stay healthy and remain connected. Every day take a moment (or more) to take care of yourself.
Many students are dealing with emergency needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the consequent economic downturn. The economic fallout from the crisis is likely to last months, if not years, and it is therefore crucial that students take action now to shore up their economic stability over the long term at the same time that they address emergent needs. The resources below may not offer immediate relief but are nonetheless crucial to put in place alongside emergency relief measures as quickly as possible.
Support for Immigrant Communities During COVID-19
Recursos para inmigrantes sobre COVID-19 en español—utilice este enlace
Resources for undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Topics covered include: Addressing Fear and Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks; Health Access & Guidance Regarding Covid-19; Connecting To Free/Low-Cost Resources; Legal Rights and Supports for Workers; Housing; and many more topics. The resource is being updated as more information becomes available. Available in Spanish & English.
Crisis Text Line information and resources for students on how to handle Coronavirus.
If you’re experiencing feelings of worry, irritability, or low mood right now, you’re not alone.
Love is Louder Action Center to provide resources and tips for taking care of physical and mental health and supporting each other during this time of uncertainty.
With help from queer therapists and experts from The Trevor Project, here’s how to endure isolation with those who might not accept your identity.
Recenter during these uncertain times with a free short meditation.
Next up: Connecting with Peers During COVID-19, Wednesday, April 1, 11:00am PT. Register here!
This Active Minds post describes the potential impact campus closures will have on the mental health and wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty, and shares tips for self-care.
This information from Mount Holyoke College is intended to support students coping with COVID-19, especially students with loved ones in China.
These free resources from Ten Percent Happier include meditations, blog posts, podcasts and talks to help build resilience and calm anxieties.
COVID-19: How to Prepare – Manage Anxiety & Stress
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
News & Announcements
National Scholarship Available for Youth Who Have Experienced Homelessness
Are you, or do you know: • a high school senior or recent graduate who is • beginning college for the first time in the fall of 2021, and • someone who has experienced homelessness in the last six years? If so, keep reading to learn how to apply to the SchoolHouse Connection National Scholarship.
October 1st Deadline
Mental Health Connector (for California Residents)
Mental Health Connector connects undocumented young people with 1:1 psychological support
Psychological support for undocumented young people
Virtual Wellness Gatherings for Undocumented People
Virtual Wellness Gatherings help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.
Wednesdays and Sundays 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Moreno Valley College
Being a Student Wellness Ambassador and a peer health educator at Moreno Valley College has opened up many opportunities. Before this program, not many students were well informed or equipped with resources on things like knowing the signs or how to cope with stress, and Mercedes Barbara is proud to have changed that during her year as a Student Ambassador at Moreno Valley College.
Mercedes Barbara, Student Wellness Ambassador
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Bakersfield College
The goal as a mental health ambassador was to create buzz and awareness about the different resources that are out there in our community, on and off campus. On May 3 as part of mental health awareness month, Bakersfield College and SHAWAC On May 3, 2019, Student Ambassadors hosted an event that gave a lot of cool gadgets and information to help relieve some stress. There were also some moments of truth when asking the students if they knew we had mental health counselors on campus and if they knew where it was located.
From Mataalofa Hubbard and Annette Brasher, Student Wellness Ambassadors, and Raymond Purcell, Advisor, at Bakersfield College
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at College of the Canyons
Two Student Wellness Ambassadors shared their perspective on this new program: “The momentum that we feel in trying to get this movement started on campus is palpable, and watching our friends take the lead in networking with students and step into leadership roles has been inspiring.”
Words by Jessica Cabanos and Laura Praskin
What is CalFresh?
It’s a nutrition assistance program that helps you stretch your monthly budget to purchase healthy and nutritious food.
Supplemental assistance with food benefits (if eligible)
Be True and Be You
If you are, or think you might be LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and other identities), and going through a tough time, you’re not alone. Whether you’re trying to figure out your own identity or want to learn how to talk to others, it can be hard to know where to find support.
A Basic Mental Health Guide for LGTBQ Youth
- Wellness Central
- CCC Mental Health Services College Directory
- Each Mind Matters Resource Center
- Resources for Undocumented Students
- Mental Health Connector (for California Residents)
- Student Wellness Ambassadors
- CalFresh Outreach
- At-Risk Online Suicide Prevention Training for Students