COVID-19 and your Mental Health

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Returning to Campus

Personal Counseling for Students

Detroit Mercy will offer both in-clinic and online access to counseling sessions. Session modality will be determined according to student need. Therapists will be available for crisis intervention treatment from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Personal Counseling for Employees

In addition to an employee’s Mental Health Services coverage in their health insurance, employees may seek counseling assistance from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through UNUM, UNUM refers confidential, short-term counseling from Licensed Professional Counselors. In a crisis, emergency help is available 24/7. Counseling assistance is available for the following:

  • Stress, anxiety, depression.
  • Relationship, family, parenting issues.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Anger, grief, loss.
  • Life transitions.
  • Referrals for additional treatment, as needed.

Find more information for pastoral care and in-person vs telehealth appointments.

Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness

As we continue to persevere together through an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis, we will need to embrace supportive community and campus resources, virtual and social distance connection, and practice coping skills that can help lessen anxiety during this time.

  • During times of crisis, it is normal to experience a wave of emotions as a response to stress. Focus on what is certain, such as your personal values and what you are grateful for. Try writing down a gratitude list that includes three things you are grateful for each day.
  • Be solution oriented. Use your strengths by considering past challenging life experiences. How did you move through it and what helped? Remember that you are strong and resilient.
  • Mental health counseling can offer a great deal of support and connection during times of major adjustment and change. If interested in online counseling appointments, contact the UDM Wellness Center: bennetrn1@udmercy.edu
  • Detroit Mercy Personal Counselor, Erika Budson, LPC, is offering virtual guided meditations to help us connect to ourselves while we physically distance from others. Check out one of Erika’s meditations:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxfDcw90Ms&feature=youtu.be
  • Mindfulness and meditation apps, such as Headspace and Insight Timer can also be a helpful resource to practice guided meditations to manage stress and combat sleep difficulties.

Physical Wellness helps Mental Wellness

  • Movement, physical exercise and deep breathing help the body regulate stress hormones. Short walks or even stretching can help us feel less fatigued and gain mental clarity. It is likely many of your favorite, local exercise studios are now offering online virtual classes, which can offer a source of accountability and connection.
  • Fitness apps can also be a great resource to track progress and goals.
  • Practice self-care! A balanced diet and consistent rest are protective health factors. Fuel your body with nutrients.

Action

  • Curate your news and social media experience by selecting content that keeps you informed, not panicked or helpless.
  • Acts of service and kindness can be beneficial for your own well-being. Reach out by phone to a family member or friend to check-in or if you have the means, donate to a local organization. Working together as a community can help create solidarity.

Contact Us

The University of Detroit Mercy Wellness Center is dedicated to providing the our campus community with ongoing care and treatment during both Spring and Summer semesters. Personal counselors are now offering confidential counseling services online! To work with a Detroit Mercy counselor, contact bennetrn1@udmercy.edu

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