This guide is for keeping calm and keeping up your spirits in stressful time. See the "Stuck at home" tab for things to do with kids, activities for yourself, and help with classes. For Basic Needs (food, rent and utilities, internet, etc.) see Beyond the Food Pantry: Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students from the Hope Center.
Please note: these resources do not replace the expert advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Please consult with a professional healthcare provider when making health-related decisions. If you are experiencing a health emergency, please call 911, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
You can access counseling through the MCC Student Assistance Program.
Just need to talk?
The Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 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. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness can help reduce stress, as this site from University of Minnesota explains.
Dan Harris explains how you can react less and respond more (with help from animations by Katy Davis). This can really boost your well-being!
This animated video from Dr. Russ Harris, a doctor, psychotherapist, life coach & consultant to the World Health Organization, explains how to respond effectively to the corona crisis.
Photo L.C.; Art, T. & L.C., 2020
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