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Important Update:

The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, through at least April 15. UCO will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Relief Programs | Mental Health Resources | De-Stressing Tips

During social distancing and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it's important that every member of the UCO community practices self-care. Maintaining health and wellness – physical, mental, emotional and social – is important.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a list of Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.

COVID-19 Relief Programs

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance finding food, paying bills, accessing free child care or have other concerns about how COVID-19 will impact you, there are a number of resources available.

  • United Way of Central Oklahoma: Visit the United Way of Central Oklahoma website for information on how you can get help or how you can give help during coronavirus. For those struggling physically, financially, mentally or emotionally, United Way offers a free referral service, available 24/7, by dialing 2-1-1.
  • Sarkeys Foundation and Hunger Free Okahoma: For individuals and families struggling with food resources in the state, the Sarkeys Foundation website has a list of ways to both give and receive help. Additionally, Hunger Free Oklahoma's website will serve as a hub for resources surrounding food insecurity during COVID-19.
  • Local food pantries: For those who need access to a food pantry, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's website lists local pantries according to zip code. Additionally, below is a list of a few food pantries in the Edmond and Oklahoma City areas: 

Project 66:
2612 S. Kelly Ave., Edmond, OK, 73013
405-341-1353
Mondays and Thursdays: 10 a.m.-noon and 6-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 10 a.m.-noon
*Allow at least 40 minutes of time to go through the pantry. Bring a photo ID and a current bill that shows your address. You are required to have a photo ID for every visit.

Bethel Foundation:
13003 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, 73114
405-286-3700; bethelfoundation@coxinet.net
Monday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Iglesias Bautista Central Food Pantry:
14401 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73134
jamilie@ibcentral.org
Saturday: 11 a.m.-noon

Mental Health Resources

  • myStrength Mobile App: myStrength is a safe and secure app that allows users to get support for managing depression, anxiety, stress, sleep and more; track moods, set goals and notice changes over time; and, join a community that can make it easier to stay on track. NorthCare, a community mental health organization in Oklahoma City, provides support for use of the app by providing an access code for the community. Download the app and use the access code "NCcommunity."
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. The line connects you to a live, trained crisis counselor, at any time (24/7) from anywhere within the United States about any crisis.
  • Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center: 405-945-6215. If you are having a crisis and need a therapist to speak to within the hour, the center helps over the phone, will call in help to you or help you get to a hospital, if necessary.
  • Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Visit their website for resources on how to get help within the state of Oklahoma. 
  • UCO Center for Counseling and Well-being: Central's counseling center is taking calls to schedule over-the-phone appointments, beginning March 26 at the earliest. No in-person appointments will be accepted. Call 405-974-2215 to schedule an appointment. Any messages will be returned as soon as possible.

 

Stress Relief During Social Distancing

Below are some ways to help de-stress and practice self-care while also social distancing: