Texas State University Counseling Center recognizes that during this time of change many may feel uncertainty and fear, along with a host of other emotions. There may be concerns that affect your decisions about how to best manage your health and the health of those around you. In an effort to support you will find coping techniques and support resources to manage stress and anxiety on this page. Additionally, as updates continue to emerge regarding COVID-19, Texas State University is monitoring the situation and meeting regularly to review local, state, and national health agency reports and assess preparedness plans. Please regularly review the COVID-19 Information website from Texas State University to learn of any updates at https://www.txstate.edu/coronavirus.
For the health of all Bobcats, the Counseling Center's preferred method of contact is via phone. If you need emergency support, want to initiate therapy, or would like to change a scheduled appointment, please call 512-245-2208 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). The Counseling Center is offering Telemental Health services for new and continuing clients. We are waiving our no show policy through May 15th.
- Keep things in perspective. It is totally ok and normal to have some worry about COVID-19 however keeping things in perspective can help to manage this. The fact that coverage is increasing on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents an increased threat to you or your family. Often anxiety increases when we face new or unknown challenges. All of us have experienced a new or unknown challenge thus we are not alone in this. Reflect on what you have done in the past to support you in times like this and share supportive and resilience building resources with each other via phone and video calls.
- Manage information sources and get the facts. Look for reliable fact-based sources and decrease engagement with fear-based sources. It is helpful to adopt a more analytical approach as you follow news reports about the coronavirus. You will also want to verify information that you receive from family, friends or social media. A few options are:
- Texas State University’s COVID-19 coverage page https://www.txstate.edu/coronavirus
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
- State of Texas Health and Human Services https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/. For those outside of Texas, review the appropriate state government page for the area you are in.
- Communicate with your social support system and promote hope between each other. Focusing on routines, schedules and preparedness plans can help decrease distress. Communicating with others can foster a sense of normality and provide a valuable outlet for sharing feelings and relieving stress. You can maintain these connections without increasing your risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone, texting or chatting with people on social media platforms. Feel free to share useful information you find on government websites with your friends and family. It may help them deal with their own anxiety.
- Seek additional help when necessary. The Counseling Center offers a variety of support services for currently enrolled students. Students, faculty, and staff can see a detailed list of our services at our services webpage. Currently, the Counseling Center is offering tele-counseling options for new and continuing clients. The Counseling Center can be reached at 512-245-2208 with questions or for further information regarding our current service offerings. Students in crisis can call the Counseling Center during normal business hours at 512-245-2208 or utilize the following after-hours crisis hotlines (please identify self as a Texas State student): Hill Country MHDD 1-877-466-0660 (San Marcos Campus) or Bluebonnet Trails 1-800-841-1255 (Round Rock Campus). If you are feeling you are in immediate danger or crisis call 911 or seek medical assistance. Individuals feeling they are in crisis during this time can also reach out to crisis support services. Please see our Crisis Information webpage for an expansive list of crisis hotline and chatlines.
- Practice Patience and Be Kind. Many are experiencing stress during this time and a little extra patience and kindness can go a long way. Using skills from mindfulness and meditation practices (TAO connect has a Meditation Library to help with this and can be accessed through the link on the following site TAO SELF HELP) along with reminding yourself that people are working to respond to concerns as quickly as possible may be helpful.
(adapted from the American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/ and Valparaiso University Counseling Services)
The Counseling Center has developed a webinar for Texas State students, faculty, and staff. Registration is now open!
“Students Adapting to Change: Maintaining Your Mental Health and Fostering Academic Resilience in the Era of COVID-19.”
Friday April 17th at 3:00 PM.*
This webinar will provide strategies for psychological coping and wellness, managing various responsibilities, and adjusting to online/distance learning. This information will be helpful for students in fostering academic resilience and success. In addition, this webinar will provide helpful resources for students adapting to academic, social, and environmental changes due to COVID-19. Registration for the live webinar is limited to 500 participants. Hosted by Texas State University’s Counseling Center.
To register visit: https://txstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hIwocZAIT4aIn2wvuxXRMw
* A recorded version will also be available to the Texas State Community on this website after the webinar date.
COVID-19 Coping and Support Websites
Hope Center has created a resource guide for supporting college students during this crisis.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
In addition, a full list of our crisis resources can be found at: Crisis Information
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Mental Health Self-Help Resources
A full list of our self-help resources can be found at our site: Self Help & Resources. Below are a few highlighted resources.
TAO is an interactive, dynamic, easy-to-access online program that provides support for anxiety, depression, and other common concerns. It is available 24/7 from your computer, tablet, or smart phone and consists of videos and skills-based exercises. You can read more about the program and how to sign up at: TAO
Sanvello is an app for iphone and android phones that offers clinically validated techniques and support modules to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello is offering free premium access during the COVID-19 crisis. You can learn more and sign up at: Sanvello
The Counseling Center has created a resource webpage listing a collection of mental health related podcasts, audio tracks, and Youtube channels that students and the university community can utilize as a form of self-help.
The Counseling Center has created a resource webpage listing a collection of mental health related smart phone apps that students and the university community can utilize as a form of self-help.
The Warriors Research Institute
At the Warriors Research Institute, we strive to improve the quality of care available to military veterans and emergency responders. Over the last few years, we've focused on delivering the best in evidence-based psychological treatment via telehealth. With the current COVI0-19 situation, we understand that telehealth is not only convenient, but also a necessity and a way to overcome challenges to receiving in-person care.
Telehealth uses technology to deliver care, overcoming barriers such as time, transportation, and costs. Telehealth enables us to provide free mental health treatment using secure, confidential, video calls, meaning you can receive private counseling from the comfort of your own home and phone. We offer a menu of evidence-based treatments to treat the most mental health challenges (i.e. anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, relationship/parenting issues, and alcohol and substance use).
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
We encourage Texas Veterans, service members, and their families to contact us if you are interested in receiving treatment during this time. Please follow the steps below and know that we are in this together and we are here to serve you.
1) Email WRl@JBSWHealth.org or call 254-716-6208 to sign up
2) Complete online screening information/ assessments & electronically sign a consent for treatment
3) Schedule your first therapy session
4) Pick a comfy, private spot with internet connection
5) Grab your phone or laptop, open your email, & select the link to "join'' your therapy session
Webinars for Students
Active Minds has hosted the following recorded webinars for students.
Webinar recording will be posted here
Intended for: young adults, parents, remote workers, neighbors/community members
All over the country, families, communities, schools, and workplaces are facing feelings of isolation and challenges with communicating with others as a result of students returning home after school closures; individuals balancing multiple responsibilities in a shared space with each other and other family members or roommates; colleagues, students, faculty, and administrators continuing their work through online formats; and members of the community working to support their most vulnerable neighbors while practicing physical distancing. This webinar will share easy, practical ways we can start supporting each other better right now through active listening.
Webinar recording will be posted here
Intended for: Student Mental Health Advocates
In an unprecedented moment for higher education, students continue to lead the way with innovative, creative, and impactful ideas to support the mental health needs of their peers. This interactive meeting and discussion, led by Active Minds, will share strategies students have employed to maintain connection, educate and support mental health and wellness, and build community at a time of increased anxiety, isolation, and instability among students. This special event is limited to 100 student participants.
Sleep, Self-Care, and Sharing a Productive, Healthy Indoor Environment: Everything Students Need to Know About Mental Health During COVID-19
Webinar recording will be posted here
Intended for: Students
Millions of students have been displaced due to COVID19-related school closures and are curious about practicing self-care, creating a productive, healthy indoor environment, talking to their parents about mental health while quarantined and more. In this special event, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein and Dr. Kristen Lee will share their best tips for all of these questions and more during this free, interactive discussion with up to 500 student participants.
Tips for Students Adapting to Online Classes
8 Strategies for Getting the Most Out of an Online Class (Northeastern University)
Tips for How to Succeed as an Online Student (Harvard Extension School)
Success tips for adult learners taking online courses (GetEducated.com)
Virtual Field Trips & Live Cams
These sites can be a source of education, entertainment, and relaxation during social isolation.
The Louvre offers free virtual access to their exhibition rooms and galleries.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers a virtual tour of their entire grounds.
The Met features online tours and virtual collections.