Emotional Wellness and COVID-19
We’re all likely experiencing some emotional discomfort given the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption needed public health measures may create in our lives. Feelings of frustration, uncertainty, worry, and loss for canceled events, distance from friends or family, and other significant and unexpected changes are normal reactions. So how do we stay emotionally well during these times?
- Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours! Work toward maintaining good nutrition and regular meals, get some exercise, spend some time outside, and try taking up an activity that requires use of your body and mind, which can give you an emotional break: knitting, art, playing an instrument, etc.
- Social connection is good for us too! Maintain social distance, of course, but stay in touch with friends. You might even try letter writing!
- Maintain a schedule, just as you would if at school. Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time. Having a schedule helps us contain emotions and feel a sense of control.
- Consider keeping a journal about what this experience is like for you. But be sure to end your daily entry with 3 good things about the day, however small, to help keep your spirits up.
- Maintain perspective. While this is a HUGE event for all of us, make time to reflect on what you appreciate and find meaningful in each day.
Consider making use of one of the many mental health apps that are available for free and for pay. You might find this link helpful in finding something that speaks to you.
If you feel you need more assistance in the form of counseling, read on.
Emotional-Support Help Line: 1-866-342-6892
Free access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19. Provided by Optum, the toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
Finding a Local Mental Health Provider
To find a local therapist and/or psychiatrist:
- Contact your insurance provider for a list of local providers who accept your insurance. Look at your insurance card or insurance-company website for information about how to do so.
- Your insurance carrier may have a provision for teletherapy services. Contact your insurance company for information.
- Your primary-care doctor’s office may be able to provide referral suggestions to you.
- Psychology Today will allow you to locate local therapists who accept your insurance.
Other Tele-Therapy Resources
- Talkspace Online Therapy – online counseling by text, audio or video messaging at an affordable cost
- Better Help – professional online counselors available 24/7, private and affordable
- Note: please feel free to connect with a counselor at the LUM Counseling Center to learn more about accessing these options or discussing counselor fit.
Mental Health Hotlines – local and national
- For Loyola University Maryland Undergraduate and Graduate Students
o After-hours Counselor Line: (410) 617-5530
- Local (Baltimore and Surrounding Areas)
o Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI): (410) 433-5175
o Baltimore County Response System: (410) 931-2214
o First Call for Help: (410) 685-0525 or 211
o Grassroots Crisis Line (Central Maryland): (410) 531-6677
o Crisis Text Line – free, 24/7, confidential text message service for those in crisis – text HELP to 741741
o Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
o Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
o LGBTQ+ Hotline (The Trevor Project): (866) 488-7386
o Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255