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:
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:
Many Oregon State students are experiencing financial uncertainty. There is support for you.
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.
Plus, the Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE) offers one-on-one advising, financial literacy courses, workshops, self-study Canvas modules, and more to help students navigate college finances. Interested? Visit the CAFE website or email CAFE@oregonstate.edu.
Regular exercise is good for both the mind and body. Go outside for a walk, run or bike ride — just remember to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet and wear face coverings when you are in closer proximity. If you want to connect with others while you exercise, Recreational Sports offers group fitness classes via Zoom and other remote programming.
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.
We recognize how important it is that students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and drug use continue to have support and community. Visit the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community Facebook page for information on recovery events, like Recovery Dharma, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and a mindfulness group.
The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center provides support, safety planning and advocacy with SARC staff working remotely. Know that you are not alone. We are available for confidential appointments and consultations using Zoom. You can reach us by phone 24/7 at 541-737-2030 or by email to make an appointment.