Skip to Main Content

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know: Mental Health Resources

Coronavirus has made headlines across the world, and with cases popping up across the United States every day, medical professionals and students need to be prepared. This guide will serve as a starting point for resources on COVID-19

CDC Mental Health Resources

Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and  the community you live in.

Things you can do 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 meditateexternal icon. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugsexternal icon.
  • 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.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Check out these other resources from the CDC on mental health:

Psychiatry Online

Psychiatric News Brief features short, audio reports on clinical/research news selected from the daily Psychiatric News Alert and related sources. They can also be accessed on Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.

APA Coronavirus Resources

To provide support in the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), APA is collecting authoritative and timely resources in this information hub.

KCU Mental Health Resources

Remember that KCU Campus Psychologists are here to provide students with any help they may need. Please reach out to them if you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or just need someone to talk to. 


KCU Campus Psychologists

Dr. Jim Dugan      816-654-7219

Dr. Beth Epley       816-654-7223

Dr. Kristen Sager      816-654-7213

Dr. Brandi Norman  417-208-0731

Caitlin Overfelt, M.S.   417-208-0743