Covid-19 and Mental Health

Counseling Services Update:

In response to the COVID-19 virus and resulting health concerns, the University Counseling Center will be adapting services until April 25 to ensure we are following recommended healthcare guidelines. 

Please note:

  • In-person appointments will not be held through April 25. If you have an appointment scheduled, your clinician will contact you to discuss the next steps.
  • Group Counseling will not be held through April 25.  
  • Our DeVos location is closed through April 25
  • Our Allendale location will be open 8:00 am-5:00 pm with limited staffing for crisis and emergency consultation services only. If you are experiencing a crisis, please call (616) 331-3266.

Psychiatric Services Update:

In response to the COVID-19 virus and resulting health concerns, we will no longer be providing in-person psychiatric services. We will be transitioning to offering telephone follow-up services for current clients. Clients may experience longer wait times. We ask for your understanding as response to COVID-19 is everchanging.

If you are in need of medication refills to help bridge you until your next follow-up appointment:

  • Please call your pharmacy to check if you have a refill available
  • If your pharmacy doesn’t have a refill, please contact us as soon as possible (ideally 2 weeks prior to running out)

If you have moved home and are getting set up with a medication provider closer to you, please let us know if we can assist you with the process.

Seeking Support?

If you are looking for continued care in your area, the following resources are available:

  • Visit  Psychology Today 
  • Contact your insurance provider
  • Contact your Community Mental Health Services

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency:

  • Call 911 or visit a local emergency room
  • Contact the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or text CONNECT to 741741
  • If the emergency is related to COVID-19 stress, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

If you have additional questions or concerns, please call (616) 331-3266

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause a wide range of thoughts, reactions, and emotions.

Common Reactions:

  • Anxiety, worry
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
  • Anger
  • Race/Identity related stress

While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. 

  • Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and campus information.
  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by decreasing your COVID-19 information intake. Although you should get the facts and stay informed, remember to take a break and focus on the positive in your life or things you have control over. 
  • Stay Healthy. Adopt healthy hygienic habits: wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer frequently, cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Seek Help. If your anxiety or worry is feeling overwhelming, see additional help from our office. Call (616) 331-3266 or drop into our office in 206 Student Services Building.

Resources and Printable Materials

Coping with Stress During Infectious Diseases

Coping with Stress During Infectious Diseases

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health

Mini Meditation: Breathe

Meditation: Exhale Stress

Mindfulness: Tame Anxiety