Some of you may be uncertain whether a consultation with Dr. Sheth or with another CAPS counselor is an appropriate next step. Many of our students have not sought mental health care services in the past and/or may be uncomfortable seeking those services now. We implore you, if you are feeling overwhelmed (as so many of us are) and believe you might be in need of help, please reach out to Dr. Sheth or to CAPS (see below). Both are well-equipped to help students assess their needs and to direct them to services and resources that will be a good fit for them, depending on their particular circumstances and comfort levels. Others may worry that the University's mental health care resources are overloaded as a result of this crisis, and may be reluctant to tax that system further. Please don't be. These resources are here for you, and both Dr, Sheth and CAPS will do all that they can to meet the needs of students who are in need of support.
In addition to the above, we urge you focus on maintaining your health and well-being during this trying time. Below are two excellent resources for guidance and ideas on wellness.
A thoughtfully curated collection of information on managing stress and anxiety, promoting wellness, exercising without a gym, and more. These resources were compiled by our very own Virginia Neisler from the Law Library. There is a wealth of excellent information here.
CAPS has an excellent compilation of wellness tools and information. We encourage you try out the ones that speak to you.
It is important to note that no two people in our community will experience and adjust to these events in the same way. Each of us comes to this space with our own identities, backgrounds, experiences, and social and economic resources among many other things. This means that some of the resources you can find through these links will be a poor fit for some students, and some might even be discordant with your current experiences and needs. Our goal is to make sure that all of our students have the support they need, and to do that, we need you to reach out to us when you have unmet needs. Help us to understand what they are. Brainstorm with us about how we can meet them. And all the while, please continue to do what so many of you have been doing. Reach out to each other. Check in with yourself. And take good care.
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