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Coping with Covid Resources

Spring 2021 Operations

Mental Health Resources

The Student Counseling Center is OPEN. Please call us for information on how to engage in telemental health services (865-974-2196).

In distress/crisis after hours? Call 855-645-3489 to be connected directly to the counselor on call for UT. This is the same as calling 974-HELP after hours. Please do NOT call this line for information about campus closings (call 965-656-SAFE).

UHC/Optum has opened an Emotional Support Help Line to any student in need, free of charge, and is available 24/7: 1-866-342-6892.

In the event of a mental health crisis, 865-974-HELP will remain active, even if the university closes.

Students enrolled in UHC-SR (United Health Care – Student Resources):  Healthiest You offers FREE telehealth visits for medical or mental health issues.  Other students may use Healthiest You for a fee. Check out Healthiest You!

If you need to chat or text for your privacy – connect with these resources:

Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety – 

Vol faculty member David Dupper has compiled a great resource for UT students, faculty, and staff.  This “course” is available through Canvas and includes information on anxiety, coping tools, mindfulness, and more.


Grief is a feeling related to a occurred, occurring or anticipated loss. These losses can include daily contact with friends, loss of your campus experience, loss of tangible support systems, restrictions related to social distancing, illness, or death. Some resources to help you understand grief:

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

Mourning our Bygone Lives

On Grief and Finding Meaning podcast with Brene Brown

Continued Learning

Check out your UT Library streaming video collections.

Free audiobooks herehere, and here!

Need tutoring?  UT’s got it! 

Giving Back

Volunteers love to volunteer!  But possibly a place you used to give your time is closed to you now. Check out these resources for online volunteering!

Multilingual students can serve as webpage translators.

Sighted students can download Be My Eyes to lend a hand—er, eye—to blind and visually-impaired folx.

You can find more opportunities here and here.


Dolly Parton will read your kids, or the kid in you, a bedtime story.  The live presentations have concluded, but access the archive. We love you, Dolly!

Get board, not bored. Students can join multiplayer board games through PogoTabletopia, or Poki. Score!

Karaoke, anyone? Use an online karaoke catalog like KarafunSingSnag, or Smule for an off-the-charts competition. Or, you can simply search for karaoke versions of popular songs on YouTube.

Tour a museum:  You don’t have to literally step foot inside a museum to enjoy a museum. Check out these virtual tours offered by some of the world’s most famous museums.


Need lots more?  Other universities have created wonderful resource pages!  They are happy for you to visit their resource pages! (Posted by permission)

University of Indianapolis

Oberlin College’s Mental Health Guide for People of Color

Cornell University  has some great mindfulness and nature resources


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