Just like you, the University Counseling Services at VCU is adapting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to offer ways to help you take care of yourselves, no matter if you are in Richmond, VA, elsewhere in the United States, or across the globe.
Self-care looks different for everyone. We encourage you to customize this document to your own needs, abilities and resources. Choose at least one or two things to do each day that focuses on what you need in the moment to care for yourself in this time of change.
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Human beings are hard-wired to connect.
Try 1 or all 52 free mindfulness exercises
Relax and de-stress with these free daily guided meditations
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Practicing the "Apple" technique can help decrease anxiety and worries:
Take time for some stress relief. Laughter can be one of these ways and has been associated with psychological health benefits.
For students with children, not having school or the ability to physically go to the library, museums or parks can be especially challenging. Here are some free resources to entertain and engage with your young ones:
Below are a variety of apps you may enjoy or find useful in improving your mental health and wellness. We are not endorsing any of the apps specifically, as they are not maintained by Virginia Commonwealth University or University Counseling Services.
These apps may not be sufficient to meet everyone's mental health needs. If you need additional care and treatment, please reach out to UCS. Clinicians and Advocates are available to speak with you. Please call 804-828-6200 Monday - Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
Some people might need more than what is listed in this virtual package. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening or is experiencing a mental health emergency please contact University Counseling Services. Your campus community is here to help!
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 804-828-6200 to speak to a crisis clinician. For a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.