Between social distancing, quarantining, and the general anxiety from a pandemic, there is a lot of loneliness throughout the world right now. At Emory, all students should feel connected and supported, even at a physical distance. Unfortunately, as upperclassmen students are off-campus, the Emory Helpline, a student-led organization that offers confidential peer counseling, has closed for the semester.
Since the crisis line is unavailable for Emory students I reached out to James Swanson, the Helpline’s Outreach Chair, to share some tips and resources:Â
What should we do when we’re stressed, upset, or feeling isolated?
Identify: Think about the things in your life that make you feel happy and healthy.
Is it running, eating well, sleeping, spending time talking with family and friends?
Prioritize: Find time in your day where you can prioritize these activities!
By giving yourself time to feel accomplished, refreshed, and connected, you’re giving yourself the support you need to get through the harder parts of your day.Â
Grounding Exercises: Practice mindfulness and meditation exercises.
Just like we need to stretch our muscles to release tension in our body, we need to exercise and stretch our mind to find peace and relaxation.Â
When I asked James if there is anything else he wanted to highlight about mental health as a whole at Emory, he shared a profound and real response:
“As a senior in the college, I have come to realize that many of us struggle with mental health issues in college. Since many of these issues are not normalized, we can often feel alone in our struggles. I hope it is comforting to know that there will always be a support system for you. Whether it’s through CAPS, an RA, a friend, a mentor, or anyone else, there is someone willing to listen and offer support.”
James Swanson, 21C, Outreach Chair for Emory Helpline
Note: Except for the Outreach Chair, the Emory Helpline team remains anonymous to keep the confidential nature of the line.
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