Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please see Reed's webpage dedicated to information on the novel coronavirus.
Please find the latest information on COVID-19, including a symptom self-checker.
Student Life and the Health and Counseling Center have heard concerns from parents regarding their child’s ability to care for themselves should they become ill, as well as concerns from students regarding their own risk of illness if someone else falls ill in the household. We stand with you as we are all wondering how to manage life in this brave new world we are living in.
We want to assure you that the HCC staff is here for you. Here are links for what you can do to prepare for illness, what you can do to protect yourself and others from illness, and what to do if you are feeling sick or if you are living with someone else who is sick. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 503-777-7281 if you would like to talk to a medical or counseling provider. If you are no longer in Oregon, we can still help you find resources in your communities if you need additional support.
Coping with COVID-19: HCC Mental Health Self-Care Resources
As we enter the remainder of spring semester, we at the Reed Health & Counseling Center (HCC) are working hard to find new and innovative ways to continue to support our Reedies through these unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to be mindful of our mental health as we face obstacles associated with COVID-19. We want to show our support to the Reedies near and far by sharing ways to cope, connect and practice self-care. Please click here for mindfulness and coping exercises.
Resources from Around the US
There are several websites popping up around the country with helpful resources to help you cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be overwhelming to filter through these to find accurate and helpful information. To get you started, we have created a selective list of resources that are linked below, which we know to be reliable and timely.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty (Available in 20 Languages!)
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
COVID-19 & OCD
No doubt COVID-19 has made many of us feel anxious and uneasy. However, it is important to recognize that people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may be feeling particularly triggered, anxious, or painful at this time. Some people with OCD struggle with contamination obsessions, in which cleaning, disinfecting, or bathing rituals can take place. These compulsions are excessive, not enjoyable, and not the fault of the person with OCD.
For those who struggle with or have loved ones with OCD, The International OCD Foundation provides a detailed list of tips for managing OCD symptoms while still remaining healthy at this time. Here is a link to the full site: https://iocdf.org/covid19/
VOX: I have OCD. Here's how I'm dealing with coronavirus fears.
Chicago Tribune: Some with OCD, other anxiety disorders are struggling amid the coronavirus epidemic. ‘It’s tripping the wire for many different people.’
National Alliance on Mental Illness updates on the coronavirus
Tele-Counseling and Telehealth Resources
These resources will connect you to 24/7, free, and confidential support if you or someone you love are in emotional distress. You will be supported by a caring, trained responder during your time of need.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386
Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741
For information on how we are protecting each other at the HCC, how to protect yourself, and what you might need at home, please click here.