Student Mental Health

Mental Health & Coping

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us have been facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, have been necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.

Stress can cause the following:

  • Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
  • Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of tobaccoalcohol, and other substances

It’s completely expected to experience a wide range of emotions during situations like these. Stress manifests in many different ways so making sure you’re taking care of different parts of yourself like your mind, body, and emotional and spiritual well-being can help to lower stress when feeling overwhelmed. 

Notice and honor how you feel while also taking care of your emotional health. 

See our handouts below for more ideas on how to cope.

Mental Health Resources:

We understand that these can be anxious and stressful times. 

Counseling Support at UHS for Students

  • Please call (510) 642-9494 to speak with a counselor to make an appointment. 
  • CAPS hours: Monday-Friday: No building/in-person hours. Virtual services can be scheduled 8am-5pm. 
  • Many of our satellite offices are closed due to building closures.  Please check your specific location. All Let's Talk drop-ins are being done virtually.
  • For after-hours support, please call the 24/7 line at (855) 817-5667 

Teladoc - 24/7 Teletherapy

Students with SHIP can also use Teladoc to speak to a mental health professional 24/7 through your phone, tablet, computer. It's a good way to receive support virtually while minimizing the risk of exposure/spreading.

If you don’t have SHIP insurance, check with your health care provider for similar options to connect with counselors.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) and Mobile App

An online library of engaging, interactive programs that help you manage feelings of stress and anxiety during these times.  Visit our TAO page to get started.

Educational modules to consider:

  • Let Go and Be Well
  • Calming Your Worry-Student
  • Improving Your Mood
  • Leaving Your Blues Behind
Self-Care Tips in a List - Handout
Self-Care Tips in a List - Handout

This handout serves as a visual aid to the above handout that looks like a list. Please see the above handout for the full content on self-care tips.

Handout on Resiliency through Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength for Resiliency Handout

Handout on Mental health and coping around coronavirus
fears and anxiety around coronavirus handout
Zoom Intrusions page 1
Grieving for a Loved One during Covid-19 handout

Grieving a Loved One During COVID-19 Handout