If you are having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, first, remind yourself that these are uniquely stressful times and it is completely normal to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. Know that you are not alone in those feelings.
Luckily, psychologists and mental health organizations have been hard at work pulling together trusted resources to help the public cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This website is a compilation of some of those resources and information about crisis hotlines and Hendrix Counseling Services. We hope you find this website helpful as you navigate these unprecedented times.
Make a Mental Health Safety Plan
Download the Mental
Health Safety Plan template PDF here. The goal of this worksheet is to help you
formulate a plan to monitor your mental health over the course of the semester.
You are encouraged, though not required, to share your plan with trusted others.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis situation, help is still available. In addition to calling 911, other resources include:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK)
- Arkansas Lifeline: 1 (888) 274-7472 (1-888-CRISIS2)
- Text “TALK” to 741741 to text with a counselor
- For sexual assault, 1 (800) 656-4673 (HOPE), RAINN national hotline, or 1 (866) 358-2265, local hotline
- For domestic violence, call 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) local hotline
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress hotline: 1 (800) 985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
Counseling Services (current Hendrix College students only)
Counseling Services staff will remain available to students during the Fall 2020 semester, with improvements since the unexpected closure of campus in the spring. Over the summer, the counselors have earned certification in teletherapy. So, you can now choose a videoconference format for your counseling session. Of course, you can still have a phone session if it works best for your particular situation.
Counseling Services will reopen on August 20. Students who would like to start seeing a counselor should call Counseling Services at 501-450-1448. For students who would like to resume counseling, you can email your counselor directly to schedule.
If you are a patient of our psychiatrist, Dr. James Davis, and have questions about your medications, please call us at 501-450-1448. You may also reach Dr. Davis at his Little Rock office, Arkansas Psychiatric Clinic, at 501-448-0060. Please tell the receptionist that you are a Hendrix student who has previously seen Dr. Davis on campus. We will work with follow-up students to ensure that you get prescription refills.
Websites with Useful Coping Information
- From the CDC, coping with stress during COVID-19
- From Mental Health America, mental health information and resources
- From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, mental health and COVID-19
- From Scientific American, how to prevent loneliness in a time of social distancing
- From the American Psychological Association, a broad compilation of COVID-related resources
- From the Association for Psychological Science's Backgrounder Series, psychological science and COVID-19
- From Mental Health First Aid America, how to support a loved one going through a tough time during COVID-19
- From Mental Health First Aid America, how to help someone with anxiety or depression during COVID-19
- From Women's Health Magazine, tips for accessing free and reduced-cost online therapy And mental health care (added 4/9/20)
- From UCSF, emotional well-being and coping during COVID-19 (added 8/24/20)
- From UAMS and Matt Boone, LCSW, dealing with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic (added 8/24/20)
- From MoneyGeek, how to afford and access mental health treatment during the coronavirus (added 8/24/20) *note: Hendrix students can receive free mental health treatment through Hendrix College Counseling Services
- From Sunshine Behavioral Health, telehealth and online mental health resources during COVID-19 pandemic (added 8/24/20)
- From MyHealthChampion, maintaining your health during the COVID-19 pandemic (added 4/28/21, thanks to Amelia, age 11, from Wyoming. Thank you, Amelia!)
Online Tools and Apps
- From Dr. Russ Harris (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy practitioner and author of The Happiness Trap), a free ACT workbook for coping with COVID
- From TherapistAid.com, worksheets, guides, and interactive tools for mental health
- From the Department of Veterans Affairs, free mental health apps
- From the Department of Veterans Affairs, free COVID Coach app for iOS and Android (added 4/24/20)
- From UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, free guided meditations
- From the Sleep Research Society, sleeping tips when staying indoors during isolation
- From DAREBEE, free exercise and nutrition information
- From the Wellness Society, free coronavirus anxiety workbook (added 4/9/20)
- One-year free subscription to the Balance meditation app (currently only available for iOS; added 4/9/20)
f you have a reputable resource you would like to see added to this page, please email Dr. Lindsay Kennedy (email@example.com).