Counseling Center

COVID-19 Care & Support Resources

The University of Maryland Counseling Center cares deeply about the UMD community and we extend our support to the community during this difficult and unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. As we navigate the outbreak, the counseling center is committed to caring for, supporting, and serving this community through virtual services and resources.

We recognize that in the wake of this crisis, many students may be experiencing significant fear, not only about their physical health but also about the uncertainty that the outbreak poses. We understand that CDC guidelines on social distancing to protect ourselves and others, has led to severe and uncomfortable changes in our lives with which we must now must cope. Additionally, we acknowledge that the COVID-19 outbreak has greatly impacted certain communities, with unfortunate increases in xenophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic bias; additional stress on medically vulnerable individuals; and significant barriers to resources in lower-income and working-class communities.

In situations like this it is normal to feel anxious, experience stress, feel frustrated, depressed, and lonely. The resources outlined below may help you cope with these reactions and manage your mental health during this difficult time.

Coping Strategies

Coping with Stress during Covid-19 Outbreak
  • Limit exposure to media coverage of COVID-19 when appropriate and attempt to use only trusted sources of media. Remember that not everything you hear about the situation is accurate.
  • Try developing a routine or schedule daily activities, including fun or non-essential activities.
  • Consider reframing “social distancing” to “compassionate spacing” (as coined by Dr. Nancy Sidhu), reminding us to keep ourselves and others around us safe and healthy.
  • Stay connected through the many advanced technological methods we have. Some examples include phone calls with loved ones, Netflix Party (watch with friends), virtual dance parties, online games with friends, etc.
  • Keep your body moving! Staying safe does not mean having to stay still. Go for walks, get into nature, try a virtual exercise or yoga class, stretch, or turn up the music and dance!
  • Utilize the time alone for introspection and mental health care. Try meditation, deep breathing, journaling, or reading self-help materials.
  • Talk with loved ones about how this crisis is impacting you. Schedule time to communicate with people in your support network.
  • Keep things in perspective. Consider reframing negative, unrealistic, or catastrophic thoughts with more realistic ones. Try a gratitude journal if negative thoughts become intrusive.
  • Identify what is and is not in your control during this situation. Focus on the things within your control, such as educating yourself about prevention measures.
  • Discuss with family and roommates the possibility of having designated alone or study space.
  • Be compassionate with yourself and others. It is normal and acceptable to have a wide range of reactions to this crisis.
  • Be mindful of your assumptions about others. Be an ally to communities who are stigmatized during this crisis. And remember that not everyone with a cough has coronavirus.
  • Report incidents of bias to UMD’s Bias Incident Support Services and report acts of discrimination to UMD’s Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct.

Virtual Resources

Counseling Center Services

Sometimes, despite your best efforts to cope with the situation, you may find yourself in need of additional support for your mental and emotional wellbeing. The Counseling Center is here to help, support, and care for you.

To remain consistent with the CDC guidelines, we have adjusted our services with the public’s health in mind. As such, the Counseling Center will provide remote services through a virtual platform for students.

Individual Appointments
To schedule a virtual appointment to talk with a counselor, call the Counseling Service at (301) 314-7651 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m..

To schedule a virtual appointment to discuss accommodations for disabilities, call the Accessibility and Disability Service at (301) 314-7682 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mental Health Workshops
Recordings of Spring semester workshops are available below:

Navigating the New Normal: Coping with COVID-19
Video Recording

Breathe, Stretch, Shake, Let it Go: Tips for Managing Stress and Emotions
Video Recording

Healthy Communication and Relationships
Video Recording

Time Management
Video Recording

We encourage students to use the interactive self-help app WellTrack to support your mental health and wellbeing. Download WellTrack from the App Store or Google Play. All students can register for free using their UMD email.

The COVID-19 outbreak has become the primary focus of the world at this time. However, we recognize that students may be struggling with concerns unrelated to this situation or may have pre-existing difficulties that are now exacerbated by this pandemic. Our Common Student Concerns pages offer detailed information, coping strategies, and resources for a variety of concerns, both related and unrelated to the current crisis.