Oregon State is here for you — wherever you are. Our health and wellness resources are being offered remotely in response to COVID-19. Please keep in mind that some services may be limited, and we will likely make ongoing adjustments to best meet students’ needs.

Take care of your emotional well-being

Everyone’s situation is different, even as we all navigate through a challenging, uncertain time. Don’t blame or shame yourself for what you can or cannot do right now. It helps to separate what is and isn’t under your control, then do what you can to ensure your safety and mental wellness. A few suggestions:

  • Stay connected with others as much as possible. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to connect with friends and family. Call, text, video — there are plenty of options. Visit the Connect & Engage page for other ideas.
  • Give meditation a try. BEavers Here Now will livestream two 15-minute meditation sessions at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday every week.
  • It’s normal for you to be feeling grief about the different types of loss associated with COVID-19. Read coping skills that can help.
  • Follow @osuwellnessagents on Instagram.

Find support at Oregon State

We know this is a challenging time. Though our modes of service delivery have changed, we are here for you. Students seeking mental health support have a number of services they can access remotely:

  • Counseling & Psychological Services is operating remotely, with most appointments via Zoom. Our on-call clinic for consultations and immediate needs continues to operate regular hours. To request a consultation, email caps@oregonstate.edu. After hours, call 541-737-2131 and a counselor will be there to help.
  • CAPS Single Session Clinic is available to discuss a current problem or concern. Schedule a one-time Zoom session with a CAPS counselor.
  • Wellness coaching helps you navigate transitions and overcome challenges. Schedule a Zoom appointment with a wellness coach.
  • OSU-Cascades students may contact Health Advisor Hannah Kuehl at student.wellness@osucascades.edu for help finding counseling resources.

We care about you

Many Oregon State students are experiencing financial uncertainty. There is support for you.

The Financial Support page on the COVID-19 Resources and Updates website provides an overview of federal and local resources, including emergency funding. 

The Human Services Resource Center is here to help you deal with challenges caused by COVID-19. Apply for food assistance, textbook support or laptop loans from the HSRC.

You can also schedule a remote appointment with HSRC’s basic needs navigator for help applying for unemployment and SNAP benefits, learning about the Oregon Health Plan or exploring options when facing homelessness.

Stay active while social distancing

Regular exercise is good for both the mind and body. You can still go outside for a walk, run or bike ride — just remember to maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet. Also, keep in mind that most parks, recreation areas and hiking trails, including all OSU Research Forests, are closed.

You can still connect with others while you exercise! Recreational Sports is offering group fitness classes via Zoom along with other remote programming and virtual offerings.

Follow good sleep practices

A good night’s sleep is one of your body’s best defenses for maintaining good health. The general recommendation is to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, although it’s normal to get less sleep than usual when coping with stress. Student Health Services offers several tips for getting good sleep, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping:

  • Take a break from the news, social media or hearing and talking about the pandemic.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol or nicotine before bed.
  • Create a separate remote work/school space from your relaxation space.

Additional resources for your well-being

Student Care help via text

Student Care strives to help OSU students and families navigate challenging circumstances. Our text line is monitored from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Support for students in recovery continues

We recognize how important it is that students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and drug use continue to have support and community. 

The Oregon State All Recovery Zoom Meeting will be held every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The dial-in number is 1-253-215-8782 and the meeting ID is 896 626 027. Visit the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community Facebook page for information on other recovery events, like recovery yoga and a mindfulness group. Additional recovery meeting options are listed below:

  • The UAB Collegiate Recovery Community is offering multiple meetings via Zoom each week. Visit facebook.com/UABCRC for the schedule and access details.
  • WEconnect, Unity Recovery and the Alano Club of Portland have partnered to offer recovery meetings seven days per week at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Join the meetings at unityrecovery.zoom.us/my/allrecovery.
  • SAFE Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy students will lead virtual collegiate all-recovery meetings via Zoom on Mondays at 4 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at noon. Email campuses@safeproject.us for password access and information.

Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center remains available

The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center continues to provide support, safety planning and advocacy with SARC staff working remotely. Know that you are not alone. We remain available for confidential appointments and consultations using Zoom. You can reach us by phone 24/7 at 541-737-2030 or by email at survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu to make an appointment.