Taking care of yourself is critical. The university offers many campus resources to support your well-being.
Maintain activities that help with resiliency and mental health
- Learn about the Act-Belong-Commit Framework for a Mentally Healthy Elon.
- Reach out for emotional support using resources, such as Dean of Students/Student Care and Outreach and Counseling Services. The chaplains in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life are just a phone call away and are providing regular reflection on social media aimed at making meaning as an antidote to anxiety.
- Stay physically active (e.g., Take advantage of opportunities offered by Campus Recreation & Wellness, take a walk outdoors, exercise, play music and dance).
- Build a network and engage with others.
- Check in with your friends, classmates, and peers. Reaching out and providing a listening ear can help both you and others feel more connected and enhance well-being.
- Find meaningful tasks through which you can channel your anxiety (e.g., do a small home project, start a journal, reconnect with an old friend, find a way to serve the community).
- Try a mindfulness activity (meditation, deep breathing, yoga, coloring).
- Be creative and learn a new skill at the ,Maker Hubs on campus or pick up a Take and Make Kit from one of four locations on campus.
Build a campus network and engage with campus life
Elon offers may opportunities for involvement through a wide range of activities. Getting involved in student activities will help you become connected, develop a sense of “place,” make new friends and enjoy a variety of experiences.
- Visit Student Involvement’s Getting Involved page to learn about what it means to get involved, why you should get involved, how to get involved, and how much involvement is enough.
- Visit the Organization Directory on PhoenixCONNECT to search for and learn about different student organizations
- Connect with a Student Involvement Ambassador who can help you get connected to the many opportunities and events in the Elon community. This dynamic team of student leaders serves as an extension of Student Involvement and assists students 1:1 in getting connected and involved on campus year-round!
- Attend the Organization Fair opportunities in February. Details can be found on Student Involvement’s Upcoming Events website and in PhoenixCONNECT
- Utilize PhoenixCONNECT and the University Events Calendar to find events/activities that you can safely engage with and invite a friend to join you.
Recognize when you might be struggling
- You may be managing multiple stressors at points of the semester. During these times maintaining schedules and contact with family and friends is particularly helpful.
- If you are placed in quarantine or isolation, you may find that reaching out for additional support as you transition out of quarantine is helpful, to support your emotional or mental well-being and also to help you reconnect with your faculty or classmates.
- If you have concerns about a roommate, hallmate or friend who is not following health and safety guidelines in ways that put you or others at risk, consider strategies for how to best share your concern. If you are a residential student, you may speak with your RA for guidance. You may also submit a report regarding behavior and actions that potentially violates University policy through the Student Conduct Incident Report Form.
- If you are encountering stressors specific to any aspect of your identity or situation, or looking for a space to be in community with other students or staff, you may find it helpful to reach out to staff in one of Elon’s identity centers.
Counseling Services offers a wide variety of services to support student mental health and well-being:
- Counseling Services website
- To reach the counselor on-call 24/7, call 336-278-2222
- To schedule an appointment, call the office at 336-278-7280
- Let’s Talk Drop-In hours: Let’s Talk is an outreach program that provides easy access to free, casual conversations with clinicians from Elon Counseling Services as a drop-in resource. There is no appointment necessary!
- Groups/Workshops: Group therapy is an effective therapeutic intervention for many mental health concerns and is often the preferred method of treatment. Clients experiencing social anxiety, depression, general anxiety, relationship distress, questions about identity, and a host of other concerns find group therapy to be very beneficial. Visit their website to see a list of current groups and workshops being offered, a list of frequently asked questions, common misconceptions about group therapy, and information about how to enroll in a group or workshop.
- Self-Help Resources
- COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Resources
Stay connected to family and friends
During a time of physical distancing, including if you are placed in quarantine, connecting with family and friends might be more important than ever. Schedule video calls with friends and family. Plan time for a game or watch a show together online. Talking with loved ones is often helpful when you’re stressed or nervous about something. Taking a break to have a laugh is also important.