Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Looking for accurate information about COVID-19? Need help transitioning to online teaching? Struggling with your mental health during social distancing? These resources will help you navigate constantly changing and challenging times.

Mental Health Resources

  • American Counseling Association
    Knowledge center for mental health, professional counseling, and emergency preparedness.
  • American Psychological Association
    Information and resources for pandemics, including COVID-19.
  • American School Counselor Association
    ASCA COVID-19 resources for school counselors
    Resources for school counselors including virtual counseling resources.
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    CDC Tips for Daily Life and Coping has numerous resources for stress, coping, and caring for children.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    COVID-19 Coping Strategies
    The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    National Domestic Violence Hotline advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call 1-800-273-8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Distress Helpline
    Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
    SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. 

Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Please visit the University of Iowa COVID-19 Resource page for a full listing. 
  • Student Emergency Fund
    The University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government, and donors have contributed additional funds for the Student Emergency Fund, which provides microgrants averaging between $50 and $350. Students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success, which may include unexpected medical and travel costs, unexpected decrease in work hours and income, and other unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19, should consider applying with the Office of the Dean of Students. Grants will be awarded based on funds available, which are limited.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers