Mental Health and Wellness
Returning to campus may be stressful for students, faculty and staff. Please know the safety of the Hawkeye community is our first priority and many measures have been put in place to keep the community safe. Everyone plays an important part in taking care of each other.
COPE with COVID
As we navigate this time of uncertainty, this quick-reference guide summarizes how you can COPE with COVID-19.
Control the things that you can, not the things you can't
Open up and share your feelings
Practice daily stress reduction tactics, including physical activity
Engage in mindfulness; be here now; worry will not help!
Count your blessings daily
Overturn negative thoughts to positive
Volunteer to help others
Identify helpful supports and resources
Do your part to prevent spread of the virus
— Bern Melnyk, The Ohio State University, Office of the Chief Wellness Officer
Where to Find Help
In the context of COVID-19 there may be challenges to life on campus in addition to typical day-to-day stress. It is normal and expected that you may experience anxiety or mood fluctuations while dealing with the uncertainty we all are facing. You may notice:
- Changes to sleep, appetite, or energy level
- Feelings of loss related to missed events or gatherings
- Sense of being disconnected from others
- Difficulty focusing
- Fear and uncertainty about the future
- Trouble completing academic work or other responsibilities
If you are experiencing these or other difficulties, especially when they get in the way of your ability to function or reach your goals, there are several ways to find support.
Hawkeye’s Student Health Clinic is open to serve your physical and mental health needs. Staffed with a nurse practitioner and a mental health counselor, the Student Health Clinic is available to Hawkeye students.
Connect with a mental health counselor through a free and confidential service, EFR Employee and Family Resources Student Helpline. Counselors are available to talk 24/7 by calling 1-800-464-6056.
Employee Assistance Program for Hawkeye employees. (Link located in the right column under the heading "Links to Benefit Providers")
Also see CDC Stress and Coping.