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COVID is the worst, find a campus safe space to help deal with anxiety, depression

What you need to know about mental health resources on campus

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Wardenburg Health Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, pictured in March, offers numerous options for students to care for their mental health.

Stressed? Who’s stressed?

Depressed? Nah, it just never seems like anything will be good ever again. What’s that? Oh, that is depression? Weird.

The only good news about mental health struggles (besides making great art) is that there is help available, yes even in the time of the coronavirus. The University of Colorado Boulder offers several options for students looking for counseling or psychological help.

For counseling services for students, CU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has virtual counseling sessions available by visiting colorado.edu/counseling. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CAPS offers professional counselors for individual counseling and groups and workshops along with residence life support and outreach and consultation. Join an online workshop to support students coping with COVID-related stress, anxiety and uncertainty (if you’re not, what’s your secret?). There is also e-Let’s Talk, a free service in which CU students can check in via telehealth with a consultation with a counselor, without the need to make an appointment.

There is also the Wardenburg Health Center, where you can find behavioral health care under the primary care umbrella. Students who have purchased the CU Student Gold Health Insurance have access to unlimited group therapy and are seen in the clinic without additional payment, except for $20 copays for individual therapy after 14 visits per policy year. Students who have private insurance can also access behavioral health care under their plans. Visit colorado.edu/healthcenter to get started.

There’s also Health Promotion, a division of Wardenburg. Health Promotion aims to, guess what? Promote health and help students develop the skills they need to make informed choices about their health. You could take a workshop on overdose prevention, better sleeping habits or how to party smart. There are also peer wellness coaches available — fellow students who will meet with you and help you reach your personal and academic goals. Health Promotion is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Get started by calling ahead 303-492-2937 or emailing healthpromotion@colorado.edu.

And don’t forget about the CU Collegiate Recovery Center: The CUCRC provides a home for the sober community on the CU Boulder campus and support for those in recovery from alcohol or drug use and other addictive behaviors. It is open to all who are in recovery or choosing sobriety or abstinence, and to those who are supportive of the recovery community. UMC 102; Those interested in holding a meeting should contact cucrc@colorado.edu or call 303-492-9642; colorado.edu/recoverycenter.