Typically, fall is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. This year, it’s different, and we know it’s hard. Some students might be isolated with COVID-19 or quarantined with COVID symptoms, while others are following CDC and campus guidelines to stay safer at home. Either way, this isn’t the college experience we hoped for you, and this isn’t what you signed up for at UW-Madison. For some, we know this time can get lonely, and we’re still here, with you.
Now more than ever, it’s important to focus on self-care and mental health; ways you can be your best, while under impossible circumstances. Staff within Student Affairs would like to offer suggestions, resources, and support services to help you navigate this strange time in life.
The following resources on mental health, self-care, and academic support from University Health Services (UHS) highlight ways to stay connected and healthy during quarantine: Badger Virtual Care Package. See highlights below.
Mental Health Support
Connect to Mental Health Services by making an Access Appointment. This consultation will help determine which of our many services and resources is the best fit for your needs. Call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 2) or web-book your appointment via MyUHS.
Reach out to the Dean of Students Office should you need to connect with campus services, find assistance in identifying other helpful resources, or if you would like support as you process recent events. There are several ways to connect with the Dean of Students Office. Please reach out in whatever way is most comfortable for you.
Get Creative – Stay Connected
- Take a screen break and call a relative or friend—yes, an old-fashioned phone call! Write a letter. Staying connected might look different, but it’s still important to engage with loved ones who have your back.
- Make music/dance—tag #uwmadison on Tiktok if you want us to see your creation. I mean, why not?
Tune in next week for more ideas to build community in a virtual environment.