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Mental Health & Wellness

​​​​​​​​​​​​The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for people. Even those who normally handle stress well may be finding themselves struggling during this unprecedented time in our history.

The CDC recommends taking the following measures to support yourself...

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

In addition, the Counseling Program and the Education and Counseling Center at the DePaul College of Education has put together these links to assist you while the world deals with the pandemic.

It’s more important than ever to prioritize your mental health. Here are some free resources to help you manage any anxiety you might be feeling about COVID-19.

Es más importante que nunca priorizar su salud mental. Estos son algunos recursos gratuitos para ayudarle a controlar cualquier ansiedad que pueda estar sintiendo acerca de COVID-19.

DePaul College of Education Student Created Resources

If you are in immediate crisis and are at risk of harming yourself or others, please contact 911.

Si usted está en crisis inmediata y está en riesgo de hacerse daño a sí mismo o a otros, póngase en contacto con el 911.

    • También puede encontrar apoyo a través de la Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio al 800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
    • También puede comunicarse con la línea CARES al 1-800-345-9049 http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=92597
    • Envíe un mensaje de texto HOME al 741741 para comunicarse con un consejero de crisis. Crisis Text Line sirve a CUALQUIER PERSONA, en CUALQUIER tipo de crisis, proporcionando acceso a soporte gratuito las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana a través de un medio que las personas ya usan y confían: el texto.

As the country is being asked to practice "social distancing", parents may find themselves at a loss as to how to keep their children engaged over the next few weeks. Taking walks as a family, playing board games and doing puzzles are all great ideas. In addition, we've assembled this list of links to activities that may help pass the time.

Virtual Field Trips

While you currently cannot physically travel to any of these sites, a virtual field trip can help kids pretend they are there. In addition, the family can talk about places they would like to explore after the pandemic is under control which may help reassure children that there will be an "after".

eLearning

The College of Education has been busy assisting our students, student teachers and partner schools as they make plans to shift their classrooms to an eLearning format. We've assembled a list of online lesson plans, activities and other resources that may come in handy for parents as well. K-12 Online Teaching Resources

Online Tutoring

If your child needs help with the eLearning schoolwork being assigned them, the Education and Counseling Center will continue to offer tutoring services throughout the spring. To inquire about virtual tutoring services, please email ecc@depaul.edu

Strengths Builder for Kids

Challenging times require resiliency and inner strength. The Education and Counseling Center will be offering their popular 8-week Strengths Builder program to help your child build confidence, manage anxiety, learn to handle disappointment and increase self-esteem. These one-on-one sessions, facilitated by DePaul graduate counseling students under the direct supervision of faculty, will explore your child's strengths in a fun and engaging way. For more information, email ecc@depaul.edu

DePaul College of Education Student Created Resources

Below are resources from trusted national organizations to help guide your conversations with your child about COVID- 19.Please follow the links for information available in both English and Spanish.

A continuación se presentan recursos de organizaciones nacionales de confianza para ayudar a guiar sus conversaciones con su hijo sobre COVID-19. Por favor, siga los enlaces para obtener información en inglés y español.

The shelter-in-place order means that couples and families are sharing a lot more time together without the typical escapes of school, work and friends. Long-buried issues and feelings may bubble to the surface. The following sites were developed by College of Education Counseling students to assist with some of these issues.

Coming soon!

In addition, anyone who feels that they are in crisis can reach out to Martha Mason, Director of the Education and Counseling Center who can arrange for you to talk to someone who can help.

Special thanks to Dr. Martha Mason, DePaul counseling graduate students, and Meredith Gioia for their contributions to this site.

We will get through this challenging time... TOGETHER.