Students at Cal Poly Pomona may be experiencing increased levels of anxiety and worry as a result of academic and personal changes amid evolving news about the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the university has shifted to a remote work environment, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still available for students in need of mental health services.
“Our mental health can significantly be affected in times of high stress. It is common and natural to experience increased levels of distress, anxiety, depression, or grief as we face challenges during the social distancing period,” said Nancy Robles, director of CAPS.
CAPS offers one-on-one virtual appointments with counselors, crisis support, virtual wellbeing coaching, and linkage to community resources and services.
There are few ways students can access these services:
- Call 909-869-3220. Students can leave a message by pressing “3” and leaving their name, Bronco ID, and phone number.
- Email email@example.com and provide your name, Bronco ID, and phone number
- Direct message on Instagram or Twitter.
- The crisis hotline can be reached by calling (909) 869-3220 and pressing “2” during weekends, holidays and after-hours.
“Our CAPS counselors and wellbeing coach are all working remotely during this time, helping our Cal Poly Pomona students address their concerns,” Robles said.
In addition to CAPS, Student Health and Wellness Services has put together a list of resources ranging from mindfulness apps, meditation blogs and tips on managing stress from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Students are also encouraged to visit the Basic Needs COVID-19 resource list for links to free digital yoga sessions, self-care tips and other links related to mental health support.