Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources

Over the last year, COVID-19 dominated our headlines and the information feels difficult to escape. Counseling Center staff want to assure you that it is normal to experience worry in the face of uncertainty.

Additionally, we ask members of our community to reflect on their behaviors associated with these circumstances. Xenophobic jokes and remarks can inflict real harm and stigmatize different groups represented in our community. Please remember to be kind, caring and compassionate community members who contribute to the collective mental health of this campus.

Visit SUNY Cortland's COVID-19 page and Restart page for more information. Read our tips on managing the stress of living with COVID-19 (PDF).

For our SUNY Cortland Wellness Days, the Counseling Center has added some new Self-Care resources.  Please take advantage of the free time to review our "Mind and Body Compassion Handout (PDF)" and try some of the exercises to increase relaxation and a sense of well-being. We also have developed a Rest, Recharge and Re-energize through Mindfulness Meditation (PDF) resource that contains multiple links to various meditation options to help you throughout your day.

Additional resources for managing stress

Self-care resources

During this trying and unique time, it is crucial to practice self-care to promote overall wellness and prevent the cumulative effects of stress. Below are some resources to aid in thinking about and implementing self-care strategies and routines:

Mental health resources

With growing concerns related to our physical health, it is important to pay attention to our mental health as well. During this time of change and uncertainty, it is normal to experience an increase in stress and anxiety. Below are a few resources to help recognize and understand the impacts of stress and anxiety, and some strategies to aid in coping during this time:

Grief and loss

Given the magnitude of this pandemic, many of us will know someone who falls ill or we may become ill ourselves. We also will experience the changes that physical distancing engenders, including loss of routine, missed or postponed special events, or just plain socializing with family and friends. These resources can help explain our reactions to loss and help us come to terms with grief and loss during this time.

  • Understanding the grief process can help you make sense of some of your or your social circle’s varied reactions to the virus.
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one from COVID-19 can be complicated by the physical distance we are asked to experience for the sake of health and safety. This is one author’s reflection on this process.
  • Finding meaning through grief during this pandemic is explored in this interview with David Kessler, a renowned writer and speaker on grief and loss. He discusses the stages of grief as well as the healing power of allowing yourself to experience the emotions engendered by loss.

Diversity, equity and inclusion during COVID-19

Addressing your family and relationship connections while stuck at home

Relationship dynamics can get especially challenging during these stressful times. Here are some suggestions on how to address those dynamics healthfully.

Managing your social life and relationships

During these times of physical distancing, you may feel lonely and your relationships might have taken a hit. Here are some tips that can help you to address these concerns:

Resources for the LGBTQ+ community

Being at home and away from your support group can be challenging. Here are links that can be helpful:

  • Information on LGBTQ students’ experiences when campuses are closed, and how they are coping.
  • The Trevor Project: “We are here for you, 24/7, regardless of what’s happening in the world” 866-488-7386
  • The mission of the Cortland LGBTQ Center is to create a visible and empowered community through education, advocacy, resource enhancement, and linkages to essential services for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people, as well as their families and other supportive community members.