The Georgia Tech Counseling Center (GTCC) and Center for Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE) are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the Georgia Tech community. We are collectively experiencing an unprecedented situation which may cause feelings of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. We want to assure our campus community that we are here to assist you with your wellbeing needs and to provide support.
CARE is committed to the provision of mental health consultation and referrals. You can call our office at 404-894-3498 for information and an appropriate level of mental health triage and consultation depending on your needs.
The Georgia Tech Counseling Center remains committed to supporting student wellbeing and resilience. Our service coverage plan can be found by visiting our website at Georgia Tech Counseling Center.
The following suggestions can help manage anxiety during this time:
Stay connected with your support network
Contact family, friends, and others in your support network
Use services like Skype and Zoom to organize study groups and virtual hangouts
Remind yourself that physical isolation does not mean social isolation
Keep daily routines as consistent as possible
Create a daily schedule for yourself to follow, include activities like exercise
Continue a regular eating and sleeping schedule
Focus on what you can control
Wash your hands, practice social distancing
Remind yourself that these changes are temporary
Practice self-compassion- “Be good to yourself”
Take time for hobbies and activities that you enjoy
Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, and yoga
Limit your news media exposure – rely on trusted websites for the facts (see links to the right)
Reduce Stigma - Make sure information shared is accurate and does not reinforce stereotypes or share negative statements about specific groups of people
We acknowledge that these times are also very stressful for faculty and staff as you are trying to adapt to the quick changes that have been occurring. While the strategies to cope for stress listed above are also very appropriate for staff/faculty, it is also important that you utilize your own personalized supports for you and your family. As a therapeutic support option at Georgia Tech, please know that The University System of Georgia has contracted withKepro to provide employees and their family members with a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). All healthcare benefits-eligible employees and their families have access to the program, including the Counseling & Well-being and Work/Life Balance programs. Our EAP program can be reached at 1-844-243-4440 and https://health-and-wellbeing.gatech.edu/eap
Here are some additional tips for faculty and staff on managing stress and anxiety:
Pay attention to what you have control over
Processing the impacts of recent decisions, managing disruptions to our schedules and routines, adjusting to telework, and navigating the unknown may cause stress or anxiety. Focus on what you can control and try to let go of the unknown.
Consider starting a daily mindfulness practice if you already haven’t
Mindfulness or deep breathing can help you start your day feeling centered. There are great apps that help to teach meditation or mindfulness, including Calm and Headspace. Remember that you are fine even though things may seem in an uproar.
Pay attention to the following signs of stress and seek professional help if you notice the following:
Cognitive signs: forgetting things more often; feeling confused; having trouble concentrating; difficulty making decisions