Mental health resources available during COVID-19 pandemic

By Austin De Dios | March 30, 2020 9:17pm

UP is offering mental health resources for students struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Health and Counseling Center, Active Minds and more.

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For students struggling with their mental health during these uncertain and changing times, there are still resources available to help. Active Minds is hosting virtual meetings every Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) via Zoom, and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is still offering appointments over the phone at 503-943-7134. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST. 

After-hours counseling is also offered through ProtoCall, which can be reached by dialing the HCC number (503-943-7134) and selecting option 3. Additional resources compiled by UP’s Academic Mental Health Network can be found below. 

Emotional Distress

  • The Early Alert program and Care Team are still active for those who are concerned about the physical, emotional, academic, financial, housing or personal wellbeing of a student. 

  • The Lines for Life hotline is there for those in emotional distress who need someone to talk to. The hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or there is the Lifeline Chat

  • Text “HOME” or “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. They can also be reached on Facebook Messenger. 

  • The Trevor Project is available 24/7 for those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. The TrevorLifeline can be reached at 1-866-488-7386, or TrevorText is available by texting START to 678-678. 

Domestic or Sexual Violence

  • Call to Safety can be reached at 888-235-5333 at any time for anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence or stalking. 

    • National Sexual Assault 24-Hour Hotline: 800-656-4673

    • National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 800-799-7233


With the new reality of social isolation and uncertain futures, it’s important to have resources available for students struggling with their mental health as they try to adjust to remote learning.

Austin De Dios is a reporter for The Beacon. He can be reached