Health and Wellness During COVID-19
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.
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:
2612 S. Kelly Ave., Edmond, OK, 73013
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.
13003 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, 73114
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
Saturday: 11 a.m.-noon
- 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.
Below are some ways to help de-stress and practice self-care while also social distancing:
- Bring out your creative side: spend time writing, painting, journaling, playing music, etc.
- Calm your mind and body: practice yoga or do some meditation exercises and breathing techniques.
- Enjoy nature: go for a walk outside in Edmond or OKC (don't forget to stay six feet away from others.)
- Host a movie night: Stream a movie at the same time as your friends and watch together virtually.
- Practice some friendly competition: Play games with friends online.
- Listen to something new: Check out one of hundreds of podcasts.