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The Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) is a life management resource that can help you identify and manage challenging issues in healthy ways. Getting help is free, convenient, and confidential.
A message for students from the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP):
We know that the COVID-19 situation is causing significant change and potential anxiety and distress for our community. This is an unprecedented event, and JHSAP is committed to supporting students wherever they may be. We will be updating this page with additional information and resources as the process unfolds and want to share the following at this time:
- 24/7 mental health support is available for students by calling the JHSAP number: (443) 287-7000 or toll free (866) 764-2317.
- The JHSAP office on the East Baltimore campus is open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. While our other sites are closed, we are encouraging students to make appointments with our team via phone or video.
- Video, telehealth services (via Zoom or Doxy.me) are available for students who are in Maryland ad DC and whose mental health needs can be served via this platform. Phone consultations will be scheduled for students in other outside of Maryland and DC
- Students who are already connected to a JHSAP clinician, can call as noted above or send their clinician a secure message to mailto:email@example.com for any non-urgent issues.
- JHSAP is glad to assist students in finding care resources within their communities.
- Online support resources available to JHU students include the Calm app and SilverCloud.
- Consultation to staff and faculty will continue as usual.
JHSAP urges you to attend to your emotional and mental well-being, and to reach out to us for support during these challenging times.
Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19
Here are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook.
- Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and access news reports from reliable sources of information including:
- Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on the present situation. Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience only mild symptoms. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control and engage in heathy coping strategies.
- Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
- Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. Our day to day activities have been significantly disrupted. Work to create structure in your day by having a regular sleep routing, scheduling time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.; and scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family.
- Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as national medical authorities and your own medical doctor.
- Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available including’
JHSAP can assist with navigating these resources and provides 24/7 support to address concerns by phoning (443) 287-7000 or toll free (866) 764-2317.
SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with engaging activities, tools, videos, and exercise 24-hours a day. Sign in at: jhu.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/.
Calm app is a meditation and relaxation aid for sleep and well-being.
- Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together. Be aware if your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country, and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus.
RECOGNIZING DISTRESS - A SELF-CHECK LIST
- Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
- Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
- Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
- Sleep difficulties
- Excessive crying
- Isolating or withdrawing from others
- Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
- A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
- Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality
It is common to experience signs of distress during times of uncertainty. If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual heathy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.).
If your distress continues or increases to make it difficult to manage your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help. JHSAP is available 24/7 by calling (443) 287-7000 or toll free (866) 764-2317.
Adapted from: Amherst University – “Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19 (https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health-safety-wellness/counseling/covid-19-news-and-service-changes) and American Psychological Association- “Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus” (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics).
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FREE Services at JHSAP:
Identification and assessment of personal, family, and school/work-related issues, brief counseling and consultation, and referrals to appropriate and accessible services and resources.
Small student groups or departmental meetings with a counselor to help process the emotional consequences of a crisis and provide resources to help everyone move forward.
Support and guidance that will enhance the trust, respect, and communication between you and your partner. Problem-solve and help create a plan for managing your reactions to difficult relationships.
Academic and professional development support on topics such as study skills, stress management, school-life balance, financial management, and adjusting to a new culture.
Preventive and educational sessions that benefit all JHSAP students, as well as support and discussion groups.
Collaborative consultations between a JHSAP counselor and the dean, faculty member, or staff member to problem-solve student issues and provide effective guidance.
Toll Free: 866-764-2317
In case of an emergency, call 911.
- JHSAP recorded a presentation on the opioid epidemic and available resources.