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If you are having a life-threatening emergency, please contact 911 or go immediately to the nearest Emergency Room.

COUNSELING SERVICES AND STUDENT RELATIONS DURING COVID-19

Counseling Services and Student Relations are invested in preserving the safety and wellbeing of our Columbia College Chicago Community. It’s crucial during this time of uncertainty with Covid-19 that we protect you and our campus community. The College has informed us about changes to the academic calendar through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, including the closure of campus buildings and the transition to online learning. These measures are intended to enhance community safety in response to COVID-19. For College updates, please visit the Columbia College Chicago Coronavirus Information page.

Though Counseling Services and Student Relations has closed its physical location, we will continue to serve you:

If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call 911.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM HAVING A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY?

For non-emergency crisis support:

Thank you for your patience as we work together to support the safety and wellbeing of the College community during this unforeseen pandemic. Visit TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING DURING COVID-19 for additional resources

We are in this together. We are resilient.

Counseling Services and Student Relations 

TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING DURING COVID-19

Infectious disease outbreaks, including Coronavirus (COVID-19) create a new type of crisis with a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, and its impact. This will understandably affect our emotional and mental health wellbeing - even among those who have not been directly exposed to the disease. Reactions to a crisis can appear very different from person to person and can occur at any time. Please consider the following recommendations for promoting your mental wellbeing during this time.

Things You Can do to Support Yourself

  1. Limit Media Exposure.

Turn off the television and/or alert messaging on your phone if it is increasing your distress. Exposure to media can be healthy or unhealthy, for some of us knowing helps to feel a sense of control over the situation while for others it may reinforce anxiety and fear. Research has shown that excess media exposure to coverage of stressful events can result in negative outcomes. Use trusted resources to gather the information you need then turn it off if it’s causing stress.

APA Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics

  1. Use Trusted Resources to Stay Informed.

Obtain the latest information during an infectious disease outbreak from credible and reliable sources of information. Up-to-date, accurate recommendations regarding disease prevention, self and family care, and travel guidance can be found at the following websites:

Center for Disease Control

The World Health Organization

The Chicago Department of Public Health

Columbia College Chicago Coronavirus-COVID 19 Website.

  1. Anticipate and Recognize Stress Reactions.

Emotional distress is common and normal in the context of uncertainty and potentially life-threatening situations, such as Covid-19 pandemic. Stress can present itself in different ways including physical, emotional, or cognitive ways. One common response for young adults is a feeling of invincibility and or emotional detachment which can lead to behaviors that may significantly increase risks.

Common acute stress reactions

Reactions specific to this COVID-19 outbreak

Try Different Strategies to Cope and Reduce Stress.

It’s normal to feel distressed in the face of hard times. The good news is that you can learn the skills of resilience. Many people already possess these skills and will bounce back on their own, given time. There are also several strategies you can use to help restore emotional wellbeing and a sense of control. What works for you may not work for others. It is important to keep at it and try different things such as:

People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns.

Here are some additional links with more guidance on caring for your mental health:

Jed Foundation

NAMI.org

NAAMI Covid-19 Updates

CDC Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

COVID-19: Managing Stress in This Anxious Time:

Mental Health America, Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

 

 

Counseling Services is designed to help students increase self-awareness and address mental health concerns with the goal of empowering students to manage challenging areas in their lives. Services are available to currently enrolled students. A semesterly fee, which is included in your tuition and fees, covers the costs of all visits!

Clinicians can aid students who are experiencing any of the following: depression, anxiety, mood swings, fearfulness, thoughts of suicide or homicide, poor concentration, recent loss of a loved one or significant other, troubled or abusive relationships, nervousness or tension, poor body image, difficulty adjusting to college life, low self-esteem, and substance abuse.

Professional standards of confidentiality are followed by the entire Counseling Services Staff. Personal health information provided to our office will be protected unless a student provides written permission to release that information. Exceptions to this policy exist when confidential information is needed to protect a student’s health or safety or is mandated by law.

Information for Minors:

Except for situations such as those mentioned above, the clinician will not tell the parent or guardian specific things shared within session. The clinician may need to use their professional judgment if they feel that you are in danger. In those situations, the parent or guardian will be contacted.

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