Mental health resources for students, faculty and staff

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It’s normal to feel anxiety or uncertainty during a stressful time, such as during the spread of COVID-19. However, if your anxiety interferes with your normal activities several days in a row, speaking with a professional can help you to find relief.

Below, find resources available to UCCS students, faculty and staff that can help to support your mental health during this challenging time.

I’m a student and I need mental health support. What can I do?

If you have an existing mental health provider, now is a good time to contact their office to schedule time to talk.

Mental Health Services at UCCS also offers support for students experiencing anxiety and mental health concerns. Visit the Mental Health Services website to find more information or contact the office to find out what resources are available to you. For all general questions and to make an appointment, call the Front Desk at (719) 255-4444.

If you are having trouble scheduling an appointment or need more immediate support, UCCS students can access online platforms like Happify. This free online program provides tools and activities to help you manage your thoughts and feelings. They also offer free apps for iOS and Android, so you can take your mental health care on the go.

I’m an employee of UCCS and I need mental health support. What can I do?

The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program provides short-term, solution-focused counseling to all state employees, which includes UCCS employees. You may schedule up to six confidential sessions for free.

Visit the CSEAP website for more information. Call 303-866-4314 or 1-800-821-8154 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

I am feeling anxious about the virus. What can I do to feel better?

It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events. We can always choose our response. Here are some things you can do to support yourself and take care of your emotional health in the face of uncertainty:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. Limit watching or reading the news to only once per day. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Do other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Get outside in nature, even if you are avoiding crowds. Take a walk, feel the sun shining, get fresh air. Exercise helps both your physical and emotional health.
  • Challenge yourself to stay in the present. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened or a situation beyond your control, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Name three things you can see, feel, hear, smell and taste. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.

I have a general question about COVID-19. Who can I contact?

You can call the Colorado COVID-19 hotline to stay informed with reliable sources of information. To reach the hotline, call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Information is available in several languages, including English, Spanish and Mandarin.

You can also email cohelp@rmpdc.org for answers in English only.

I think I may have symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, you should seek medical advice. Contact your healthcare provider or Health Services at the UCCS Wellness Center at 719-255-4444 for advice, recommendations, or to make an appointment if needed.

Please call the Wellness Center, your doctor’s office or the emergency room before going in. Let them know about any recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19, as well as your symptoms.