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Coronavirus: Managing Your Mental Health

A Message from Jonathan Davis

News of a widespread public health concern like COVID-19 can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. We are all dealing with sudden and extreme changes to our regular routine. These developments can be stressful. It is expected and appropriate to experience fear during situations like these. It is also important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety and keep perspective as the situation unfolds.

While classes on campus are suspended you can call for support and assistance in connecting to local resources in your area.

You can reach the NVU-Johnson Wellness Center at 802.635.1265

You can reach the NVU-Lyndon Health & Counseling Center at 802.626.6440

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories.
  • Reach out to others on the phone. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Here are some additional resources and tips that may be helpful:

  • Northern Vermont University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health during COVID-19
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
  • To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text “HOME” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

Take care, stay healthy, and stay positive.

Jonathan M. Davis
Dean of Students