As we transition to Virtual Salve, you are welcome to let Counseling Services know how we can support or connect you with a resource on or off campus. We care about your academic success along with your emotional wellness, even if we are separated by many miles right now.
Counseling Services remains available to assist with referrals and offer support during this time. In order to support the health and safety of everyone in our community and beyond, we have suspended in-person meetings for the semester.
State laws and professional standards regulate the nature of services that can be provided by telehealth or across state lines. However, you may call (401) 341-2919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to consult with a counselor regarding the best way to obtain or continue services in your local area. Our office coordinator, Kate Richardson, will coordinate a time when a counselor can follow up with you. Please know that this return call will come from a blocked number and to be mindful of your own privacy when you accept this call.
We will continue to nurture a culture of caring reflective of our Salve Regina community, and invite you to email us at email@example.com if you have any specific requests or ideas you would like to collaborate on. We are thinking of you and wishing you peace and wellness.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance finding referrals for counselors. There are a handful of ways to find a local therapist. The easiest is to contact your insurance carrier and ask for “mental health or behavioral health” referrals to ensure that you have coverage. There are also some user-friendly websites where you can receive more information on providers, including:
If your family is covered by insurance that is provided by an employer, you may have access to low or no cost referrals through the Employee Accessibility Program for short-term care.
In the event of an urgent or emergency situation, consider calling 911 or these 24/7 resources:
- Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741
- National suicide prevention lifeline: (800) 273-8255
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration disaster distress hotline: (800) 985-5590 or text TalkWithUs to 66756
- National domestic violence hotline: (800) 799-7233
- Trevor Project (LGBTQ suicide hotline): (866) 488-7386
- Crisis text line for students of color: Text STEVE to 741741
- If you are in the Newport area, Newport Mental Health hotline: (401) 846-1213
- If you are in Rhode Island, the Behavioral Health Link hotline: (401) 414-5465
- Globally, we are moving through something that most of us have not experienced in our lifetime. Show yourself mercy, one of the values that may well have brought you to Salve Regina.
- If you are in need of basic needs (economic, housing, food, insurance), please refer to this website for ideas.
- It is important to be gentle and handle your body, mind and spirit with care in these ever-changing times. Your curiosity about the unknown is legitimate, including wondering how long physical (social) distancing will impact our education, personal routines, work and finances, relationships, interests and hobbies, celebrations, forms of worship and access to resources, entertainment and supplies.
- We trust that you have enough inner strengths and resources to draw on to be able to cope with the temporary nature of uncertainty. We have faith in you.
- Acknowledge your feelings as legitimate to the conditions we are experiencing individually and collectively, which may include sadness, anger and confusion. We are moving through an emotional process which (for many of us) may be experienced as collective grief that is likely to have an impact. Please give yourself permission to stay present with your truth and not engage in an unkind judgment of this process. Regardless of the differences in how you may be experiencing and expressing your emotions, please remember, you are not alone.
- Consider what you do have control over such as adjusting your expectations of your productivity, how often you rest and how you fuel your body with food, sleep and exercise.
- It is helpful to consider the reasons why we are making this sacrifice. Your sacrifice and change in routine in being physically (social) distant is kindness. By staying inside, you are able to honor and contribute to the safety and well-being of others and are part of a global effort to protect others. We recognize that there are many essential personnel and folks who do not have the option to not work right now and we see you. We truly are all in this together and appreciate what you are doing to keep yourselves and our community safe.
- Additionally, please remember that we all react to stress differently and are in different places with our emotions often throughout the course of just one day. Consider how being gentle with others in other emotional places is also kindness. It is easier to engage in the world if we take the approach that “we are all doing the best we can with the information that we have right now.” The information right now keeps changing and that too may impact us.
Gratitude is one way we can focus on what we can control. Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, remembering things for which we are grateful is one way to cope.
Here are some other ways:
- Each day write one or two things for which you are grateful.
- Write, draw or visualize and talk about what you want when the pandemic has diminished and there is freedom to accomplish what you want for yourself.
- Journaling your experiences as you face this global challenge will allow you to reflect on this time in the future and share it with others in your future.
- Challenges build resiliency. Take time to reflect or journal how your perseverance, grit, kindness and dedication to yourselves and your communities impacted you on your personal journey.
There are a number of websites and resources that offer other practical tips and consideration in caring for your mental health. Here are just a handful of resources to consider, and feel to reach out if you like more information.