Latest Updates from the Counseling & Wellness Center

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4/8/20 – Building Closed, Services Still Available

In order to ensure the safety of our campus, staff, and community our buildings will be closed effective 4/9/2020.

The CWC will continue to offer telehealth services, crisis services, and online workshops.

  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call 352-392-1575 and ask to speak with an on-call counselor.
  • To discuss eligibility to receive telemental health counseling please call 352-392-1575 to schedule a Brief Consultation appointment.
  • Visit counseling.ufl.edu/virtual to find a schedule of upcoming online workshops and tablings.
  • Visit counseling.ufl.edu/outreach/aspire/resources-marginalizedcommunities/ for finding information and resources for marginalized communities and social justice advocacy.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ufcwc for updates and upcoming virtual events.
Mental Health Webinars

While the CWC is not currently offering in-person workshops we do have online webinars and tablings to provide mental health information to UF students starting April 8th.

Telemental Health Available at CWC

Students can call the Counseling & Wellness Center (352-392-1575) to schedule a Brief Consultation appointment to discuss eligibility to receive telemental health counseling. Students are eligible for up to 4 sessions.


The UF Counseling and Wellness Center is responding to changes on campus at UF by updating our services. We will be posting information for the UF community on this page as we develop our responses and additional resources for students, staff, and faculty. Please check back to this page for more information about how our services and availability may change in response to the situation.

For Students On-Campus and In Gainesville

  • For students experiencing an urgent mental health need we have on-call counselors available for phone consultations during business hours (8am-4pm). Give us a call at 352-392-1575 if you need to speak to an on-call counselor.
  • Our overnight and over-the-weekend emergency phone-support service remains available by calling our direct line (352) 392-1575.
  • The Counseling and Wellness Center is working on being able to offer telehealth services (phone- and video-based services) that are aligned with the laws and regulations pertaining to mental health practice and professional ethical guidelines. More information on those services will be forthcoming.
  • If you are not in Gainesville, we recommend you seek care in your local community.

Finding a Therapist in Your Home Community

For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community you should refer to Psychology Today therapist search tool or the CWC’s provider database. You may also contact the CWC for support at 352-392-1575.


What to do in a crisis or emergency?

National crisis hotlines and online services

Please note, the CWC has withdrew its endorsement of The Crisis Text Line after their CEO was terminated amidst allegations of its leadership’s racist and abusive behavior. We suggest the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat as an alternative.


UF Resources

Resources for Students

Resources for Faculty/Staff


Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19

News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, is raising a number of concerns and making some people worry.

Below are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook.

  • Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information. Here are some reliable sources of information:
  • Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case scenario. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control.
  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
  • Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
    • Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own worry.
    • If your day to day activities are disrupted by college closings, attempt to create structure in your day by: scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family
  • Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as the UF Student Health Care Center, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
  • Practice calming rituals. The CWC has a list of suggested apps that can help. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
  • Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact the CWC. We have an online training called Kognito that can help give you the skills to talk to others. Your campus community is here to help!
  • Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy we always strive to treat one another with as we address this challenge together. Be aware if your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become less compassionate and more fear based.
  • CollegeCOVIDGuide: Check out the COVID-19: College Students Quarantining in Unsupportive Environments Resource Guide, created by Haram Kim and her colleagues during Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology course supervised by Dr. Della Mosley at UF. As counseling psychologists-in-training working towards social justice, they want to acknowledge the challenges that college students are experiencing and provide resources for particular groups of students who may be more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 and quarantine.

Recognizing Distress – A Self Checklist

It’s not unusual to experience some — or even several — of the types of distress listed during times of uncertainly and stress.

  • Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
  • Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Excessive crying
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
  • A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
  • Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality

Seeking Support

If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual heathy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.)

If your distress continues or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help. The CWC has on-call counselors available for consultations at our Radio Road location (3190 Radio Road) during business hours (8am-4pm). Give us a call at 352-392-1575 if you need to speak to an on-call counselor.


Adapted from: University of Indianapolis – “Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns” (https://www.uindy.edu/studentcounseling/scc-news-updates) & American Psychological Association- “Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus” (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics)

 

Assess your personal risk as the US Reopens

Washington Post article, recommended: Four Concepts to Assess your Personal Risk as the US Reopens, by Leana S. Wen