COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (Updated 6/17)



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Psychology Department recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic poses concerns for both physical and mental health. People respond to events such as these in many different ways. It is okay to feel just fine, and it is normal for you or people who you care about to feel stressed, lonely, or powerless. 

Social distancing is an approach where everyone in the community reduces contact with one another by avoiding large gatherings, physical contact, and (when possible) public places. Practicing social distancing is important because it keeps vulnerable people safe. It can also be challenging. 

Here, we share resources specifically for students, as well as resources that are available to the broader Urbana-Champaign community. These resources are meant to be useful to you as an individual and as someone who might be concerned about or caring for others. We include resources that, broadly defined, are related to mental health. We encourage you to also look to websites that are linked within this document to find resources that are outside of the scope of emotional and psychological well-being. 

In an effort to keep this document as concise as possible, we have included many links to other documents that may help to provide more in depth resources. We acknowledge that the majority of these resources depend upon a stable wifi connection, the possession of wifi capable technology, and/or a phone. Some of these resources can be downloaded should you be concerned about continuing to have internet access, and we encourage you to write down relevant hotline numbers to have on hand.

Table of Contents 

Stay Updated

     - For everyone

     - For UIUC students, faculty, and staff


     - Connect with loved ones

     - Warm lines

     - Helping Others


     - Sleep

     - Eat Well

     - Exercise

     - Unwind

     - Get Out, While Staying In

     - Keep Track of Time

     - Completing Coursework or Remote Job Responsibilities

     - Responsible Alcohol Use

     - Travel

Addressing Fears and Worry

     - For everyone

     - Grieve and Loss

     - For children and families

     - For faculty

     - For providers

     - Discussing COVID-19

Call hotlines for immediate help

     - Disaster Distress Hotline

     - Crisis Text Line

     - National Suicide Prevention Hotline

     - Trans Lifeline

     - Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia Poison Center

Sexual and Domestic Violence & Abuse

     - Sexual violence (sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, abuse)

     - Domestic violence (if someone close to you is hurting you: physically or emotionally)

     - Child abuse

     - Confidential advising (advocacy & support) services (UIUC resource)

Substance Use

     - Online Recovery Groups

Considerations for Caregivers

Additional Resources in Champaign-Urbana

     - Therapy

     - Emergency Shelters

Campus Resources