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Coping with COVID

Mental Health and Coping Support:

“While we are supposed to socially isolate ourselves to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, we don’t need to emotionally isolate ourselves. Check in with people you care about or neighbors who don’t have close family or friends by calling, emailing or connecting on social media. Keep a routine, eat healthy and take a walk. Download the apps that help with anxiety such as Calm or Headspace <or Sanvello>.”  NAMI Minnesota


Understanding How the Pandemic is Affecting You:

There’s a Name for the Blah You are Feeling:  It’s Called Languishing

It’s Not Just You.  A Lot of Us Are Hitting a Pandemic Wall Right now.

How to Deal With a Year’s Worth of #2020 Emotions

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

Your Surge Capacity is Depleted — That’s Why You Feel Awful

Don’t Feel Like “Getting Things Done:? It’s Okay Not to Be Productive During a Pandemic

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World:  It’s Okay to Grieve


Free Coping Resources:

Loveland Therapy Fund  Financial assistance for Black women to obtain therapy (free 4-8 sessions).  Next window for applications opens in January 2021.

Sanvello app    Sign up with a .edu account and you get free access to their premium Guided Meditations Free Resources

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook:  A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times

Calm in the Time of Resilience   Free Facebook weekly class from Partners in Resilience

Health Journeys Free Daily Meditations

Pandemic Care Resources for Mindfulness and Self-Compassion  Tara Brach

A Guided Meditation for Easing Into Sleep

Fun and Free Coloring Pages for Adults


Coping Skills for the Pandemic:

Coronaphobia.  Coronavirus anxiety has a name.  Here’s how to cope.

Tips for Surviving Minnesota’s Cold Dark Months

People of Color Surviving COVID:  10 Steps to Maintain Physically Distance While Staying Emotionally Close

Anxiety Gone Viral:  Staying Calm and Connected in Uncertain Times   Two minute YouTube video

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Skills to Feel Better Now!

7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety

11 Self-Care Strategies for ADHD Brains in a Quarantine

Resilience in Challenging Times

How Mindfulness Can Help During Coronavirus

Self-Care Tips for Asian Americans Dealing with Racism During the Coronavirus


Social Support During the Pandemic:

Nod app by HopeLab   A tool to help prevent loneliness among college students

Sanvello app

Online Anxiety and Depression Support Group    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Wisdo app

Free Text Service Sends Daily Support to Isolated Trans People

COVID Grief Network


Mental Health and the Pandemic:

Online Mental Health Screening

Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Epidemic   Active Minds (an national college student organization)

Mental Health Support and COVID-19  NAMI Minnesota   “If you are worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.”


Resources for Working from Home:

Distraction Free Testing at Home 

Working from Home — Strategies and Tips from Augsburg’s CLASS Office

Managing the Stress of Living at Home for College   Active Minds


Other Resources:

Interfaith Reflections for This Time

Reasons to Be Cheerful    “part magazine, part therapy session, part blueprint for a better world”

COVID-19 Resources for Adults   (many resources including financial help, things to watch/do)

I Choose Health



Mental Health Crisis Support

Augsburg’s Center for Wellness & Counseling is now providing free telehealth sessions (secure Zoom or phone) to Augsburg students (center not open during summer sessions; reopening in fall with telehealth continuing to be an option)

Low cost counseling resources are also available in the community, including Walk In Counseling Center (a free, anonymous community counseling center now offering phone counseling).

CWC’s phone counseling service (ProtoCall) is currently available 24/7 (612-330-1707, Option 1).

Loveland Therapy Fund  Financial assistance for Black women to obtain therapy (free 4-8 sessions).  Next window for applications opens in January 2021.

Using your insurance to find a therapist off campus:   Contact your customer service for listings of therapists in your network.  Many are now offering teletherapy, and many plans are providing coverage for this teletherapy (call your customer service to find out if your plan is now covering this).  To find a therapist off campus, try Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist tool.


Phone / Text Support:

Mental Health Crisis Support

–CWC’s  phone counseling service (ProtoCall) is currently available 24/7 (612-330-1707, Option 1).

–Warm line at 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511

–Use the Crisis Text Line by texting MN to 741741 (to access a culturally trained counselor on this line, text STEVE to 741741)

–Call the crisis team at **CRISIS or contact the crisis team for each Minnesota county

–For support with disordered eating, the NEDA Helpline is available via phone at (800) 931-2237 Monday-Thursday from 11AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 11AM to 5PM ET and via chat Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM ET and Friday 9AM to 5PM ET.

–Abuse or Violence at Home:   “Stay at Home should never mean you stay somewhere unsafe.  There are places of sanctuary open for anyone facing abuse or violence.  Please call Minnesota’s statewide crisis hotline <24/7> at 1-866-223-1111 or text 612-399-9995.”


COVID Health Information:

Augsburg Coronavirus Page

Augsburg Helpline 612-474-3100

COVID-19 hotline   651-201-3920 (daily 7am-7pm)  Minnesota Department of Public Health hotline for questions the general public has about COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Information

“Remember that knowledge is power and don’t accept everything that you hear or read. Go to trusted sites such as the CDC or the Minnesota Department of Health.” NAMI Minnesota


Coronavirus Information from Local Health Care Systems:

M Health Fairview

Health Partners/Park Nicollet

Allina  Free online COVID-19 screening.

People’s Center


Health Care:

If You are Sick or Caring for Someone  — CDC

People’s Center:   Drive-up COVID-19 testing (no appointment needed) during regular clinic hours on Mondays; this is a throat-swab test (People’s Center is now focusing on providing the COVID-19 vaccine).   No charge to patients for the testing (if you have insurance, your insurance will be billed but there will be no charge to you; uninsured patients will not need to pay).  See information on People’s Center website link above including a new patient information form to complete and bring with you.

Health Care at People’s Center     Health care for insured and uninsured patients.  For Augsburg students who do NOT have insurance:  If you need treatment, you can see a physician for a $5 co-pay under the Augsburg contract for uninsured students (tell the scheduling person that you are an Augsburg student and would like to be seen under the Augsburg contract).  Please note that some labwork is covered under the Augsburg contract, and some is not (ask your physician about this).

Further resources for the uninsured:


Financial Support Resources


Don’t Get Kicked Out    Resources for renters to help prevent eviction for non-payment of rent.

Managing Your Student Loans During COVID   American Psychological Association