Coping During COVID-19

We are living in a time that continues to be affected by a global pandemic, on-going images of racial violence, a complicated presidential election, and strong political belief systems which creates tensions among our support systems. As a university community, we recognize you may be feeling an increase of stress, isolation, anxiety, disappointment and emotional burden as we move into the end of the quarter. For some or you, engaging in actions that will help you maintain your physical and mental health is the key to combatting these feelings. 

And if you're struggling, help is available. Please see the options for this help listed below.

Additionally, if you are curious about testing and care information, please either see DU’s Testing, Quarantine & Symptom Monitoring page or the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) main page.  

Self-Care Tips

  • One

    Start each day with intentionality

    Ask yourself these three questions: What will help me to feel healthy today? What will help me to feel connected today? What will give me a sense of purpose today?

  • Two

    Prioritize self-care

    Try to get enough sleep, eat well, and get in some exercise.

  • Three

    Connect with others

    Find ways to stay socially connected while practicing physical distancing.

  • Four

    Experience nature

    Enjoy Denver and Colorado’s natural beauty. Research shows the time in nature supports good mental health.

  • Five

    Limit social media & news consumption

    Too much can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Self-Care Resources

University of Denver Support

24/7 phone consultation

Students can call us (303-871-2205) any time, day or night, to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, our 24/7 support team of mental health professionals. ProtoCall therapists are experienced in providing support for common concerns experienced by college students, and can also refer you to other resources, when appropriate.  

In addition, students can access support through the My SSP: Student Support Program 24/7 through text, chat, or phone call. My SSP is completely free. Learn more here

Counseling Services

Counseling Services within the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) continues to support student's mental health and well-being through a variety of offerings including:  

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy  
  • Workshops 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call our main line at 303-871-2205.

National Hotlines or Textlines

You can also connect with someone now through one of these recommended hotlines or textlines, including options especially for BIPOC students and LGBTQ students.

National text / chat services (24/7):

International hotlines:

See hotlines listed here.

* Adapted and used with permission from Cornell Health.