While graduate school can be exciting and rewarding, it can also be extremely detrimental to students’ mental health. Here at The Pipettepen, we believe in putting mental health and well-being first, and that supporting students’ mental health is imperative to success. This page contains resources from national organizations and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation for graduate students, generating uncertainty and an even more stressful environment than we were already facing. Below are mental health resources that provide information about COVID-19, guidance with how to handle or incorporate changes due to COVID-19, and how other graduate students have been maintaining their mental health and well-being during this time.
Mental Health Resources during COVID-19
UNC Graduate School: For current or prospective graduate students, the graduate school has compiled a list of resources regarding wellness, financial and housing support, status of graduate student events, and university updates about COVID-19.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: The ADAA provides a variety of blog posts and videos from professional therapists that cover topics to cope with COVID-19 ranging from managing anxiety during COVID-19, to responding to healthcare discrimination, to tips for proper use of face masks.
UNC Healthcare: UNC Healthcare also provides webinars and blogs from doctors about coping with COVID-19. Below are a few select links:
Mental Health and Well-Being Survival Guide for COVID-19: 35-minute webinar about the psychological impact of COVID-19 and how to improve well-being
Understanding COVID-19 with UNC Healthcare: Up-to-date information about COVID-19, for patients and physicians. English, Spanish, and simplified Chinese brochures available.
Graduate Student Vlog: Students from the University of Michigan share how they have been coping with changes as graduate students.
Seven Tips from Nature to manage Mental Health: How to manage expectations, stress, and uncertainty, and be compassionate with yourself.
Mental Health Resources at the UNC and North Carolina
UNC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS is currently providing consultations and appointments via Zoom.
HopeLine NC: North Carolina Crisis line. CALL OR TEXT: 919-231-4525
National Mental Health Resources
BetterHelp: Register to receive e-counseling with accredited, licensed professionals. Choose from hundreds of counselors to get counseling anytime, anywhere.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Free support available 24/7.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Click here for instant online chat.
Psychology Today: Access hundreds of psychology related articles, from mental health to relationships. Psychology Today also helps find a therapist near you.
Talkspace: Registration for 24/7 access to licensed therapists. Flexible payment plans and switching therapists at no extra cost.
Important Phone Numbers
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
LGBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line – Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1. Text 838255.