Friday, September 4, 2020

Make mental health a priority with University health and wellness resources

The start of the semester is a stressful time for everyone, and it's normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, you have multiple resources available to help.
Take care of your mental health!

The start of the semester is a stressful time for everyone, and it's normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, you have multiple resources available to help.

During this time of uncertainty in particular, you may feel increased anxiety and distress. Boynton Mental Health Clinic is open for virtual appointments for counseling/therapy and medication management, as well as for in-person crisis appointments. Students can schedule appointments by calling 612-624-1444 or may contact their provider through the secure MyBoynton patient portal. Boynton Health is also seeing patients for physical health needs in person and virtually.

Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers video/phone support for emotional and mental health needs of students currently in Minnesota. Current SCS clients who are physically in Minnesota are able to schedule video appointments with their counselor by contacting SCS by sending an email to counseling@umn.edu or phone at 612-624-3323.

In addition, students with mental health disabilities can also receive support and assistance at the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The DRC continues to hold all appointments and meetings remotely by phone or video conference (Zoom or Google Hangout). New or prospective students can be referred directly to the DRC for a confidential conversation and remote meeting. Students should reach out by email to drc@umn.edu or call 612-626-1333 and leave a message to set up a time to meet remotely. Specific information for students related to online learning and access is available on the DRC website.

Learn to Live offers five highly-effective online programs for students on topics including social anxiety; depression; insomnia; substance use; and stress, anxiety, and worry. Programs are free, confidential, and accessible anywhere. Enter code "UMN."

While at the University, it is possible that a friend, classmate, roommate, or significant other may be dealing with issues such as depression, stress, alcohol misuse, and other issues. You can find information that will help you to support these individuals on the Assisting Students in Distress website.

The University's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing offers unique resources to the University community, including the new Student Wellbeing Guide. The center offers tools, strategies, and practices for health, stress management, and well-being on topics including fear and anxiety, altruism, isolation, gratitude, self-care, prioritization, positivity, and mindfulness. Visit the Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing website to learn about available resources.


Additional mental health resources during this time:

Find the most up-to-date information about the status of campus mental health services on Office of Student Affairs mental health resources web page. For more information or to receive services, visit the University's Student Mental Health website.

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