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Important Update:

UCO has temporarily shifted most in-person classes to synchronous virtual delivery through Jan. 31. Campus facilities and services will remain open and offer in-person and virtual options. COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage.

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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.

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Emergency Resources

Mental Health Resources

  • COVID Coach: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed the COVID Coach app to help you build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis. The app is free, secure, and helps connect you to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customized tools are available to help you cope with stress; stay sane, safe, healthy and connected; and, navigate parenting, caregiving and working from home. You can track your mood, visualize your progress and find resources to seek additional help and support.
  • 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. 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:

Employee Assistance Program

All faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Deer Oaks. This benefit is available from day one of employment, through six months after separation, whether it is through voluntary or involuntary termination. The EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services for you, dependents living at home or elsewhere and anyone who lives in your household. All services are confidential.

Beyond mental health and well-being assistance, the program offers several resources to help maintain a healthy work-life balance. Anytime someone reaches out to the EAP, they connect with a specialist who can assist with a multitude of requests. Examples include finding child care, elder care, repair services and other local services. The EAP can also provide legal consultation, vacation planning and financial planning assistance. The perks to the EAP are quite robust, and we’re proud to offer our faculty and staff services that help them live life to the fullest.

Deer Oaks serves as our primary EAP provider, with The Hartford offering a secondary EAP.




Additional Resources 

  • Child Care Resources provide recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding school closures and a checklist for teachers and parents.
  • Coronavirus Resources provide information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and prevention, as well as advice on how to talk to children about it.
  • Quarantine Resources include information that may be useful for individuals looking to self-isolate, self-quarantine or minimize public contact.
  • Internet Resources for Oklahoma Residents During Public Health Emergency.