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.
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 73940 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.