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September 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates: Make Emotional Well-Being a Priority

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As the COVID-19 pandemic drones on - and as news about it continues to feel overwhelming and physical distancing compounds our feelings of isolation - being mindful of our emotional well-being is vital. Today, we share some insights into prioritizing your mental health along with your physical health during this crisis.

You've probably heard the saying many times by now: "it's okay not to be okay." That is so true about our emotional and mental health. Recognizing when we are having a "bad day" and acting on that is important, especially when one bad day turns into several in a row.

Our bodies and minds often give us clues to what we need to do to be okay. Learning to listen to those clues is important. If you find yourself sleeping too much or too little, losing interest in things that used to excite you, having difficulty focusing on things, isolating yourself, or even getting frustrated and angry at friends around you more easily than usual, you might need help in better managing your stress. What is most important is that you reach out as quickly as you can for help. Though it is never too late, the quicker you reach out for help, the quicker you may find relief, and the quicker you can move forward in your life.

Therapy and counseling are important ways to help you better meet your academic and life goals. A trained mental health professional can assist you in developing the strategies and skills to better cope with all the stressors life can give us.

Resources for Students

Whether you're studying on campus or virtually, connecting with CSU's Counseling Center is easy. Give us a ring at 706-507-8740. After that, we will schedule an intake session, where we will work together on how best to help you. Right now, we are doing teletherapy, which means we will come to you! We are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you experience an emergency during our operating hours, simply stop by or give us a call and we will respond immediately. If you have an after-hours need, the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 800-715-4225 is the place to call.

Resources for Employees

The university's Employee Assistance Program provides free access to a limited number of counseling sessions for benefits-eligible employees. For information or to be referred to those services, contact our Human Resources team. In addition, employees can consult with our USG-based health insurance provider for a referral or to confirm their selected provider is in-network.

A Reminder About Your Physical Health

As of yesterday, the university has 13 active, self-reported cases involving students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Remember, it may take as many as two to 14 days following your exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to show symptoms or test positive yourself. It is important for all of us - especially students and employees who traveled during the Labor Day weekend - to continue monitoring symptoms and report potential exposure to or a positive test for COVID-19 using CSU's online self-reporting form at columbusstate.edu/COVIDselfreport.

Please let our teams know how we can assist you with your health needs. Healthy Cougars - those who feel good physically and emotionally - are Happy Cougars!

Sincerely,

Dan L. Rose, Psy.D., Director
CSU Counseling Center

Vicki Roebuck, APRN, WHNP-Board Certified
Return-to-Campus Task Force and
Director, Student Health Center