The mental health impact of this pandemic is very real. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, you are not alone. Most people have never experienced such a large-scale challenge, and this one may affect our mental and physical well-being, our finances, our social connections, and the health and safety of our loved ones. Isolation, changes in school and employment, and concern about our families and friends can increase feelings of worry, fear, and sadness. It’s even harder to navigate these challenges when we may not have access to our typical coping strategies and ways of practicing self-care.
We’re all learning new ways to cope and adapt to new daily habits and uncertainty about what the future holds. Please check out the resources below for help in developing and maintaining healthy habits, and for information about ways to access help if you need it.
Video: Navigation to Normal
In this video, Navigation to Normal: Readjusting to Life After Lockdown, you’ll hear Counseling Assistant Stephen Paup cover the transition to post-pandemic life. Learn tips to help readjust your social skills, how practicing mindfulness can lead you to focus more on the present, and more!
Video: Mental Health Resources FAQ
In this video, watch Dr. Kate Romine, a psychologist resident with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) , as she gives you a personal roadmap to the mental health resources available at CAPS. This interview, led by former Multicultural Greek Council VP of programming, Jesus Mendoza, describes CAPS services, when to reach out for help, and much more!
Real Talk Thursdays: All WSU Students
Real Talk Thursdays are back! In 30 minutes, a Cougar Health Services mental health professional will cover a different wellness topic each week. These sessions are free and open to WSU students from all campuses. Also, check out our YouTube channel for recordings of past sessions.
- All sessions will occur 1:30-2:00 p.m. via Zoom.
- Join your session using the Zoom link.
There are no more scheduled topics for Fall 2021, but check back for more Real Talk Thursday offerings!
Coping with COVID: All WSU Students
Coping with COVID is designed to teach students coping skills, how to seek help if needed, and how to provide support to others who may be in distress. This workshop will return at a later date. Check back for details! Also, inquire about a private training for your group.
Tips and Resources from our CAPS Counselors in Cougar Health Services:
- Stress Management – How to cope with stress in healthy ways and to know where you can get support.
- Time Management – Resources for creating new routines and balancing priorities.
- Staying Connected – How to make time for connection during isolation.
- Healthy Relationships – Resources for healthy relationship at a distance and in your home.
- Depression & Anxiety – Information about managing symptoms, accessing medication and more.
- Physical & Mental Wellness – A few ideas to keep/develop routines for your health.
Text “@Stress” to 844-486-0046 to get personalized stress management techniques sent to your phone.
We will check in with you occasionally to see how you are doing and we will send you regular tips and reminders for lowering stress, customized to your individual stress level. We have adapted some of our content to be particularly helpful in addressing COVID-19 related stress.
You may also benefit from checking out techniques to cope with worry, stress, anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, outlined by our community partners at Palouse River Counseling (PRC).
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be providing all services by secure Zoom or telephone. Please call the reception desk at 509-335-4511 during regular business hours to access services, whether you are a current counseling client, current psychiatry client, or a student who wants to start counseling.
Previous Real Talk Thursday Sessions
- September 9 – Coping with Re-Opening: Tips for a New Normal | Watch
- September 16 – Navigating Academia as a BIPOC | Watch
- September 23 – Living in the Age of Fear: Learning How to Cope | Watch
- September 30 – Where Mental Health Meets ‘Macho’: Finding Wellbeing While Being Masculine
- October 7 – The Power Balance: Navigating Professional Boundaries for Grad Students | Watch
- October 14 – Let’s Take a Mid-Semester Breather | Watch
- October 21 – Red Flag, Green Flag: What to Watch for in the Dating World | Watch
- November 4 – Mental Health and the Holidays: Tips to Manage Stress | Watch
- January 28 – Self-Care During COVID: Using the 5 Senses
- February 4 – Going from Ally to Advocate: Standing with the BIPOC Community | Watch
- February 11 – Dating (Safely) During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Watch
- February 18 – What’s Your Relationship Attachment Style? | Watch
- March 4 – How to Advocate for Yourself: From the Classroom to Personal Life | Watch
- March 11 – How Important is Sleep, Really?
- March 25 – Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationship Communication
- April 1 – Staying Motivated Through Zoom Fatigue
- April 8 – Living Life for Yourself (Not Just Everyone Else) | Watch
- April 15 – Let’s Take a Break! (Relaxation Skills)
- What’s Your Pandemic Attachment Style in Relationships? – October 1 | Watch
- Virtually Social: Making Connections at a Distance – October 8
- ACTivism: Being an Ally on Social Media and IRL – October 15 | Watch
- (Un)Healthy: Signs of a Healthy vs. Toxic Relationships – October 22 | Watch
- Tell Me Something Good! Building Healthy Positivity – October 29 | Watch
- Managing Pre-Election Stress – October 29 | Watch
- I Need My Space! The Stress of Staying at Home – November 5 | Watch
- Navigating Post-Election Reactions – November 5
- Normal Reactions to Abnormal Events – November 12 | Watch
- Let’s Take a Breather- Relaxation During Times of Stress – November 19 | Watch
- Coping Through the Covid-19 Pandemic – April 3
- Pain of Missing Out (POMO) in the Pandemic – April 10
- I Need My Space!” The Stress of Staying Home and How to Cope – April 1