Your Mental Health and COVID-19

Aetna Insurance Update: 4-2-2020

Aetna is waiving copays for Telehealth services until June 4th, thus allowing students to connect with network providers without additional charge. Please see the Aetna website for details of your coverage (https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/psipinsurance/).

Your Mental Health and COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all likely experiencing a range of emotional discomfort. The situation is new and unpredictable, which can be unsettling for most of us. As a Penn community, we have all been asked to change our daily routines, move from our campus homes, modify our learning environments, and adapt our social relationships in significant ways. We know that unexpected change can bring up many emotions such as sadness, anxiety, frustration, fear, loneliness and grief. If you are feeling any of these emotions, that is normal.

Even though you may be away physically, you still belong to our community, and our campus is not the same without you. Know that we are thinking of all of you, and CAPS is here to support you.

Tips for Coping with COVID-19

Share your feelings

It is okay to feel a mix of many different emotions. Sharing your feelings with a trusted family member, friend, therapist, or religious leader can help you feel less alone and more empowered to cope. 

Take breaks from the news and social media

Our lives are inundated with information that can feel overwhelming at times. Remember that you are in control and can set boundaries around your media consumption, including who and what you follow, how you receive notifications, and when it is time to unplug.  

Connect with others

Although you are likely social distancing from others, remember that we are relational beings and we need human connection. Be creative about connecting and checking in with others. Call. Video chat. Text. Email. Send cards or care packages. A simple act can let someone know you care. 

Maintain a self-care routine

During times of uncertainty, finding ways to maintain a routine can help our minds and bodies cope. Eat three meals a day. Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Connect with nature while social distancing. Make a gratitude list. Enjoy the simple things.

Sources of Support

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Call 215-898-7021 and press 2 to speak to the front desk or press 1 to talk to a clinician 24/7   
  • Drop in to Student Health (3535 Market St.) to meet with a counselor (M-F 9:30 AM-1:30 PM)
  • For virtual groups and workshops, see our Group Listing page.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) or online chat from 2 PM-2 AM: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 (24/7): https://www.crisistextline.org

Trevor Project

Call 1-866-488-7386 (24/7), online chat, or text START to 678678: https://www.thetrevorproject.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (24/7), or go to their website.