Here are the university’s web pages that have been developed to help answer questions and provide updates specifically about how the university is monitoring and planning for the evolving coronavirus situation:
If you experience respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, please do the following:
- Students – stay home and call your healthcare provider. You may also contact Watkins Health Services.
- Faculty and staff – stay home and call your healthcare provider.
- Anyone encouraged to self-isolate – refer to CDC steps to monitor your health.
To promote the safest possible conditions on our campus, we strongly encourage preventive practices to prevent illness. Download the Healthy Habits (PDF) for tips.
Stress and Mental Health
KU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); Assists students in improving decision-making; identifying and using resources; and achieving academic, social and personal success.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19; from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
SAMHSA: Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak (PDF); This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.
Client Resources In Response to Coronavirus. A list of client resources developed by one of Bert Nash’s Adult Outpatient Program therapists in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bert Nash is the Community Mental Health Center serving, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS.
From the JED Foundation:
News of a widespread public health concern like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Many students across the nation are dealing with sudden changes to their regular schedules and some are faced with having to quickly leave their campuses without contingency plans yet in place. These developments can be stressful. At the same time, families and school leaders are working to provide the necessary support to their loved ones and students.
It’s completely expected and appropriate to experience fear during situations like these. It’s also important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety and keep perspective as the situation unfolds.
Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful:
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided guidance for higher education administrators.
- The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
- The American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
We know this situation is challenging. In addition to utilizing these resources, JED’s self-care experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise, among other tips for practicing good self-care.
People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
How to Cope with Anxiety about Coronavirus (COVID-19); Learn strategies for managing stress during a pandemic
How to Help Someone with Anxiety; from mental health first aid
Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (PDF); from the World Health Organization
COVID-19: What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know? from the Administration for Community Living
Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19; a collection of helplines, news stories, radio interviews, informational pages and videos from the National Institute of Mental Health