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Coping with COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE: Counseling & Educational Support Services physical office is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff are maintaining regular hours via telecommuting and will continue to provide services via Zoom (HIPAA-Compliant video conferencing). You may schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments through our online portal, or call 913-588-6580. All staff will be responding to emails and secure messages during normal business hours. If this is outside of regular business hours and/or an emergency, contact 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Counseling Services understands that there are a range of emotions being experienced by many people during this time of social distancing, quarantine and isolation because of the COVID-19 health crisis. We are committed to collaborating with the university in providing assistance to our community in coping with these unprecedented times. We have assembled resources for students, residents, faculty and staff in this Self-Care and Coping Presentation (PDF) and the information below:

Common reactions to uncertainty about coronavirus range widely, but may include anxiety/worry, feelings of helplessness, social withdrawal, difficulty concentrating and sleeping, anger or hyper-vigilance to your health and body. To manage fears and anxiety, it is recommended that you:

  • Stay informed using the CDC website or their ongoing Situation Summary. Find the latest updates from the medical center at the KUMC COVID-19 Resource Center.
  • Limit worry by lessening the time spent watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Remember to take breaks from the news and focus upon things that are positive in your life and that you have control over.
  • Be mindful of your assumptions about others. If someone coughs or has a fever, there are many potential causes that do not include coronavirus.
  • Maintaining social connections helps create a sense of normalcy and provides valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. With CDC social distancing recommendations, this may include online video chat or other social media apps.
  • Consider reviewing the CDC's Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 website or the Managing Stress and Anxiety page.
  • "Coping with COVID-19: Resiliency While Socially Distant" presentation (March 30, 2020) - PDF and Video.


Confidential, immediate support is available through these national helplines.


Last modified: Jan 07, 2021