Supporting Student Mental Health During COVID-19

Link to recording of Concordia session April 14, 2020 with Anne Spahr (Counseling) and Elizabeth Polzin (Student Success) Link to Power Point slides.

In this time of uncertainty and constant COVID-19 health concerns on the rise, students may be experiencing feelings of anxiety and stress. In addition to our world pandemic, students have also made the sudden shift to virtual and online learning causing abrupt change in schedules, learn­ing environments, and support systems. These changes are stressful. In this recording, the presenters talk about some of what  students are facing now, and how you as a faculty mem­ber, can support your students.

Resources for Supporting Student Mental Health

If a student needs immediate support

On the Mequon Campus, refer a student to the Good Samaritan Team

On the Ann Arbor Campus, refer a student to the Behavioral Intervention Team

Online Resources of Interest

Stress and Coping During COVID-19: Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration:

Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty: Psychology Tools

Creating a Culture of Caring from Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)

Hope Matters by Mays Imad,  Inside Higher Education, March 17, 2020

Trauma Informed Pedagogy with Dr. Mays Imad, Pima Community College, March 26, 2020

This webinar examined the impact of traumatic experiences on students’ learning and strategies that can be used to mitigate this impact and improve educational outcomes. View the recording here and the slides here.

Authentic Teaching and Connected Learning in the Age of COVID-19 by Harriet L Schwartz

Article Collection: Coping with Coronavirus: How Faculty Members Can Support Students in Traumatic Times. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Request free access at

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