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EKUCC Pandemic Services & Coping During COVID-19

EKUCC will be providing virtual counseling services to EKU students. For more information, call 859-622-1303.  Summer office hours (May 11th-Aug 7th): Mon-Thu 7:30am-5pm, closed Fri. See EVENTS for other services available including our virtual Feel Better Fast workshops!

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EKUCC Pandemic Response: Letter from Director Dr. Melissa Bartsch about AVAILABLE EKUCC COUNSELING SERVICES

Novel Coronavirus: EKU's response, FAQs, and prevention information

Kentucky's Response to COVID-19

Helplines & Hotlines

Mental Health Resources for Coping During COVID-19 

Helplines & Hotlines

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746; TTY: 1-800-846-8517 24/7 365-day-a-year toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support services available to those emotionally impacted by natural or human-caused disasters in the US and its territories

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line: text "START" at 741-741

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; Text Line: 838255; Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889

Mental Health Resources

Feel Better Fast! Resources and more from our EKUCC Feel Better Fast! workshops to help you enjoy your time away from campus. FBF workshops are also offered 5 days a week as virtual, drop-in workshops. See EVENTS for date, time, and topic!

Mental Health Care Package-Coping with COVID-19 The University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services suggests 8 different ways you can take care of yourselves during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: Manage Anxiety & Stress The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for stress and coping

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak Recommendations from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe Information and recommendations from the American Psychological Association

What To Do If the Coronavirus Health Guidelines Are Triggering Your Anxiety or OCD Elizabeth Mcingvale, PhD, LMSW founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation which is dediacted to providing resources and support to those impacted by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

EKUCC Pandemic Response: Letter from EKUCC Director Dr. Melissa Bartsch

Hello! I hope this finds you healthy and safe.

I’m writing to update you on changes the EKU Counseling Center (EKUCC) has implemented in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • EKUCC staff can be reached by calling the EKUCC’s phone number: (859) 622-1303. SUMMER office hours (May 11th-Aug 7th) are 7:30am-5pm Mon-Thu, CLOSED on Fridays. 
  • All EKUCC in-person services have been suspended until further notice; however, in their place, we are offering counseleing appointments, workshops, Initial Assessments, and consultations virtually and by phone.
  • To engage in (or initiate) any EKUCC service, please call the EKUCC: (859) 622-1303.
  • You will be asked for the following information when you schedule a service:
  • First and Last names (and preferred),
  • EKU ID (“901 number”),
  • The physical address where you will be at the time of the appointment. This must include city and state.
  • Your EKU email address,
  • The phone number where you can be reached.
  • Name and phone number of an emergency contact.
    • We are requiring the above-listed information to assist us in cases of technical difficulties or emergencies.
  • Initial Assessments will be available by phone on a first-come basis from 9am-3pm, Monday-Thursday. 
  • Appointments will be offered via Tele-Mental Health (TMH) services ( platform, HIPAA-compliant).
    • EKUCC providers have all completed 12 hours of continuing education on the provision of TMH services.
    • If you will not have internet access at the time of your appointment, please let our staff know when you request an appointment.
  • At this time, we are only able to provide TMH services to those who are physically in the state of Kentucky. This limitation is defined by state licensure laws.
  • For students who are physically outside the state of Kentucky, we will still provide consultation for you and will help you locate mental health resources in your local area.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: (859) 622-1303.
Melissa A. Bartsch, Ph.D.
Director, EKU Counseling Center

Updated May 11, 2020

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