The Counseling Center provides mental health services to students and is staffed by licensed and experienced professionals skilled in handling a variety of presenting concerns. Services are designed to assist students in resolving issues that interfere with their ability to successfully navigate the Mines journey. Services are confidential, voluntary and covered by student fees. Staff can also provide programming and consultation regarding student concerns for the Mines campus community.
***In person visits at the Counseling Center are currently suspended. Explore available mental health service options below.***
•Connect with a Mines Counselor: speak with a counselor for 15 minutes by phone for a supportive check in and receive resource options. Request consultation.
•Counseling Center’s Virtual Forum: Counseling Center forums provide drop-in consultations via ZOOM. Speaking with a counselor consultant can help provide insight, solutions and information about other helpful resources. These visits may occur in a format where other students are in attendance. Monday-Friday 11:30 am-12:30 pm starting 4/6/2020. Stay tuned for more information!
•Virtual Wellness Skills Seminars: 50 minute ZOOM seminars open to all students interested in building skills to succeed.
•Virtual Mindful Mondays: Join us wherever you are for an online guided mindfulness meditation to calm and quiet your mind.
•AHP Live Care: Free online counseling with licensed counselors, available to ALL Mines students through July 31, 2020. Simply sign up following the step by step instructions below, review counselor profiles, schedule an appointment and continue ongoing sessions with the same provider.
AHP Live Care
Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty
Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, especially if you’re already living with an anxiety disorder. But you’re not powerless. These tips can help you get through this stressful time.
Understanding your anxiety
For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. We don’t know how exactly we’ll be impacted or how bad things might get. And that makes it all too easy to catastrophize and spiral out into overwhelming dread and panic. But there are many things you can do—even in the face of this unique crisis—to manage your anxiety and fears. Stay informed—but don’t obsessively check the news. Stick to trustworthy sources such as the CDC, the World Health Organization, and your local public health authorities.
Make it a priority to stay in touch with friends and family
If you tend to withdraw when depressed or anxious, think about scheduling regular phone, chat, or Skype dates to counteract that tendency. While in-person visits are limited, substitute video chatting if you’re able. Face-to- face contact is like a “vitamin” for your mental health, reducing your risk of depression and helping ease stress and anxiety. Social media can be a powerful tool—not only for connecting with friends, family, and acquaintances—but for feeling connected in a greater sense to our communities, country, and the world. It reminds us we’re not alone. That said, be mindful of how social media is making you feel. Don’t hesitate to mute keywords or people who are exacerbating your anxiety. And log off if it’s making you feel worse. Don’t let coronavirus dominate every conversation. It’s important to take breaks from stressful thoughts about the pandemic to simply enjoy each other’s company—to laugh, share stories, and focus on other things going on in our lives.
*Invite friends to play a game: Brain Wars, Draw Something, Words With Friends
*Ways to stay in touch:
Take care of your body and spirit
This is an extraordinarily trying time, and all the tried-and-true stress management strategies apply, such as eating healthy meals, getting plenty of sleep, and meditating. Beyond that, here are some tips for practicing self-care in the face of the unique disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Be kind to yourself. Go easy on yourself if you’re experiencing more depression or anxiety than usual. You’re not alone in your struggles. Maintain a routine as best you can. Even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule. This can help you maintain a sense of normalcy. Take time out for activities you enjoy. Read a good book, watch a comedy, play a fun board or video game, make something—whether it’s a new recipe, a craft, or a piece of art. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it takes you out of your worries. Get out in nature, if possible. Sunshine and fresh air will do you good. Even a walk around your neighborhood can make you feel better. Just be sure to avoid crowds, keep your distance from people you encounter, and obey restrictions in your area. Find ways to exercise. Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. While the gym and group classes are out, you can still cycle, hike, or walk. Or if you’re stuck at home, look online for exercise videos you can follow. There are many things you can do even without equipment, such as yoga and exercises that use your own bodyweight.
*Kindness Yoga and Down Dog App are offering free classes!
Avoid self-medicating. Be careful that you’re not using alcohol or other substances to deal with anxiety or depression. If you tend to overdo it in the best of times, it may be a good idea to avoid for now. Take up a relaxation practice. When stressors throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can bring you back into a state of equilibrium. Regular practice delivers the greatest benefits, so see if you can set aside even a little time every day.
*Headspace and Calm have guided meditations.
How to stop “what-ifs” from spiraling
Relinquishing our desire for certainty and control is easier said than done. If you feel yourself start to spin out into negativity or panic, grounding yourself in the present moment can stop the negative spiral and allow your rational brain to come back online. The technique is simple yet effective: Bring your attention to your breath and your body. Focus all of your attention on the here and now: noticing the sights, sounds, and smells around you and what you’re feeling in your body. Continue to breath slowly in and out—gently bringing your mind back to your body and breath every time it drifts—until you feel more calm. For a guided body scan meditation that can help you regain inner calm, click here.
*Sign up for TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) for free with your Mines email address or check out the Mindfulness Library.
Help others, it will make you feel better
Even when you’re self-isolating or maintaining social distance, there’s still plenty you can do to help others. Follow guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus. Even if you’re not in a high- risk group, staying at home, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding contact with others can help save the lives of the most vulnerable in your community and prevent overburdening the healthcare system.
Be kind to others. An infectious disease is not connected to any racial or ethnic group, so speak up if you hear negative stereotypes that only promote prejudice. With the right outlook and intentions, we can all ensure that kindness and charity spread throughout our communities even faster than this virus.
Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson. Last updated: March 2020
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