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Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Real Talk Thursdays: All WSU Students

Real Talk Thursdays are 30-minute workshops where mental health professionals cover different wellness topics every week. These sessions are free and open to WSU students from all campuses. Check out our Spring 2021 lineup:

All sessions will be presented via Zoom on Thursday from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

  • March 4 – How to Advocate for Yourself: From the Classroom to Personal Life Join Zoom
  • March 11 – How Important is Sleep, Really?  Join Zoom
  • March 25 – Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationship Communication Join Zoom
  • April 1 – TBD
  • April 8 – Living Life for Yourself (Not Just Everyone Else) Join Zoom
  • April 15 – Let’s Take a Break! (Relaxation Skills)

Replay fall semester recordings on our YouTube channel too!

Coping with COVID: WSU Pullman 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 is available for groups by request. Look for this workshop to return as a weekly series in spring semester!

Tips and Resources from our CAPS Counselors in Cougar Health Services:

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 Topics

Spring 2021

  • January 28 – Self-Care During COVID: Using the 5 Senses
  • February 4 – Going from Ally to Advocate: Standing with the BIPOC Community
  • February 11 – Dating (Safely) During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • February 18 – What’s Your Relationship Attachment Style?

Fall 2020

  • What’s Your Pandemic Attachment Style in Relationships? – October 1
  • Virtually Social: Making Connections at a Distance – October 8
  • ACTivism: Being an Ally on Social Media and IRL – October 15 – View on YouTube
  • (Un)Healthy: Signs of a Healthy vs. Toxic Relationships – October 22 – View on YouTube
  • Tell Me Something Good! Building Healthy Positivity – October 29 – View on YouTube
  • Managing Pre-Election Stress – October 29 – View on YouTube
  • I Need My Space! The Stress of Staying at Home – November 5 – View on YouTube
  • Navigating Post-Election Reactions – November 5
  • Normal Reactions to Abnormal Events – November 12 – View on YouTube
  • Let’s Take a Breather- Relaxation During Times of Stress – November 19 – View on YouTube

Spring 2020

  • 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