The following information is provided by the TU Counseling Center.
With the recent news about the spread of the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), we are aware of the potential impact on many in our community at TU. Understandably, stress and anxiety can arise in the midst of uncertainty or fears about your health, or a loved one’s health. Some students may feel stigmatized or experience racist and/or xenophobic remarks by those fearful of contracting the virus. We want to acknowledge the harm these developments may have caused on our campus and students.
Please consider reaching out to the Counseling Center if you (or another student you know) are experiencing any of the following:
Acknowledge your feelings and emotions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties of the future.
Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and routines. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social connections can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable opportunities for sharing your feelings and relieving stress.
Seek accurate information from credible news sources. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, for example, have webpages dedicated to providing factual information on the novel coronavirus. You may also find useful information from local or state public health agencies such as the Maryland Department of Health.
Limit exposure to fear-based media by choosing 1-2 trusted news outlets that do not provide any new information and/or sensationalizes the facts. Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports.
Follow protection and prevention tips provided by qualified medical professionals, including from TU Health Center.
Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when other parts of your life feel out of control.
Seek out and utilize on-campus resources. Reach out to friends and family, talk to an RA, a campus ministry, a professor, a staff member. Consider coming in to the Counseling Center to speak with a professional counselor if your distress does not seem to be lessening. We are here to help!
Grief is defined as the anguish experienced after significant loss, usually the death of a beloved person. Grief often includes feelings of intense sadness, guilt, shock, confusion, anger, regret, and loneliness. Other symptoms of grief include insomnia, poor appetite, ruminating about the loss, and potential weight loss. The grief process, including the symptoms and concept of grief, is not the same for everyone and may be influenced by culture.
In addition to the death of a loved person, other significant losses can also yield grief. Some examples of these other losses include the loss of a job, a home, a pet, a marriage (i.e. divorce), mobility, and time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a series of losses, including the death of loved ones, our sense of safety, social connections, and even our financial security. College students in particular may feel grief over the loss of their ability to participate in special events such as graduation and the loss of time that was meant for other events. The COVID-19 pandemic may also be impacting the time and energy we have to grieve as well as the circumstances and context for the losses we have experienced, as many people are not able to be with their loved ones who are sick.
This information comes from the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida and Wells Healing and Research Collective.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, college students all over the nation have experienced sudden changes and disruptions to their living environments. Campuses have closed and many students have returned home. However, families and homes are not always safe havens of love, warmth, and acceptance. We want to acknowledge the challenges students in unsupportive environments face, and have included some tips below on how to cope with these hardships.
We would also like to acknowledge the challenges present for particular groups of students who may be more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 and quarantine.
For additional resources, please see the Unsupportive Environments Resource List.
To help you navigate during this time, we have virtual resources on our social media accounts and Youtube page to help manage anxiety & distress and to promote self-care. Check out our Youtube page to view our Mindful Mondays and Wellness Wednesday video series.
Substance use education goes virtual: Check out the ATOD Prevention Center Instagram for tips, info, and resources on coping skills and substance use, including videos, Q&A’s, and more. Want to win some prizes? Follow their social media campaigns for multiple chances to win t-shirts and other giveaways.
Mental health issues are social justice issues! Follow the Diverse Minds Peer Educators on Instagram where we continue to post educational resources on the intersection of cultural diversity and mental health, tips for coping with various forms of –isms and oppressions, as well as strategies that promote wellness and healing.
To be healthy as a whole, mental wellness plays a role! Follow Healthy Minds Peer Educators on Instagram, where we continue to post information and resources on mental health and wellness, as well as educational materials on the intersection of current events and its impact on mental health.
Follow the Body Image Peer Educators on Instagram for posts that will help you consume more positive social media content including tips about improving body image, learning how to be gentle with yourself during this difficult time, and GAMES!
If someones safety is at risk, or it someone might need emergency medical care, please DIAL 911.
A telephone counseling service that uses volunteer and peer counselors, funded by Baltimore County.
A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.
Phone: 800-273-TALK (8255)
A private nonprofit organization dedicated to serving victims of rape, child sexual assault, domestic violence, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
The 24/7 service is free and they are able to connect you with local resources.
If you use any of the above services, we urge you to call the Counseling Center 410-704-2512 the next time we are open so that we can follow-up with you and assist you further.
Fear and anxiety can lead to mistrust, bias, prejudice, and discrimination, which we are committed to proactively combating. In an effort to avoid stigmatizing and promote mutual trust and respect within our community, we urge you to practice the following: