As you may know, the Counseling Center closes each June and July. This year is different, we can all agree, and as such we recommend finding a therapist in your area to connect with during this time. Learn more about how to find a therapist in your area. *Many health insurances are waiving fees for telemental health services during coronavirus stay at home orders.
If you need help finding a provider or wish to connect with the Health & Wellness offices during these months, please reach out to our Health Services colleagues and they will support you.
Uwill: Counseling via Text, Phone, or Video
Although in-person counseling is unavailable this semester due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Uwill, a leading mental health platform for colleges and universities. This service will provide free telemental health counseling for all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their location. Psychiatric evaluation for medication management will also be available. Learn more about Uwill here.
Psychiatry (Medication) Support
If you have utilized psychiatry services provided during the school year, please reach out to Dr. Sharpe via Medicat messaging through the Patient Portal for specific questions pertaining to your prescription, or call us at 413.200.8582 for help connecting with her.
If you are in crisis or need urgent mental health support:
In the Springfield, MA Area:
National Crisis Support Options:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
- Crisis Text Line: Text “Home” to 741741
- Are you looking for specialized support as a person of color?
Text “Steve” to 741741
- Are you looking for specialized support as a person of color?
- Trevor Lifeline: 1.866.488.7386
- Are you looking for specialized support as a LGBTQ+ person? Text “Start” to 678678
- Trans Lifeline: 1.877.565.8860
Other Mental Health Resources available in Massachusetts
Network of Care Massachusetts
If you are looking for information about resources in your community for children and adults with mental health and substance use needs, you've come to the right place.
Network of Care Massachusetts includes a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code. If you are looking for an individual therapist or psychiatrist, please contact one of the many helplines in Massachusetts that can connect you to care. Let Network of Care Massachusetts help you take the first step in locating mental health, substance use, and related social services in your community to support good health and recovery.
Find resources and services near you:
- Network of Care Massachusetts
- Network of Care Massachusetts' COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub
- Network of Care Massachusetts' COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub - How to use the site
- Network of Care Massachusetts' COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub - How to search for information in the Service Directory
CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN YOUR AREA
Virtual Resource Packet
For more information and resources for support over the summer months, we have worked to pull together a virtual resource packet for you. This is a compilation of information, skills, referral resources, and self-care tips that we hope can support you over the summer wherever you are. *The Google Shared Drive that holds the packet is accessible only to your @baypath.edu account, so make sure to log in with that user info in order to access all the resources located within.
If you have any questions, need help with referrals, or wish to connect with Health & Wellness over the summer, our colleagues in Health Services are available by email at email@example.com or phone at 413.200.8582.
We hope you continue to stay connected, practice self-care, and advocate for your health and wellness as all empowered Wildcats should!
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Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19
Here are some ways we recommend you practice stress management and self-care:
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. Try this one-moment meditation to help shift your focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8
Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Keeping in touch with your social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
- Give yourself some structure in your day by keeping a normal bedtime and wake up time; occupying 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 BPU Health Services, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor. (Learn more: https://www.baypath.edu/student-life/health-wellness/coronavirus/)
Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
- Try these apps for help with practicing grounding techniques: https://www.baypath.edu/student-life/health-wellness/counseling-center/mental-health-apps/
Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family; if you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact the Health & Wellness offices for support. We’re here for you Wildcats!
Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Here at BPU we are committed to inclusivity and recognize that some members of our community may be experiencing racism or stigma as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and news. Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient.
Adapted from: Amherst College Counseling Center Website (https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health-safety-wellness/counseling/covid-19-news-and-service-changes)
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/bird-flu)