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COVID-19 has added uncertainty to the lives of Amherst College’s staff, faculty, and students. Right now, as always, taking care of your mental and emotional health and well-being is critical. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger. 

Communication and preparation for returning to work on campus is extremely important. Work with your supervisor and colleagues to make sure you will collectively provide a healthy and safe working environment. People returning to campus may feel anxious. Remember to be understanding of how others might be feeling.

Coping with Stress

It is important to find healthy ways to cope with the stress and anxiety. You might consider taking breaks from social media and the news; taking deep breaths; stretching; meditating; eating healthy, well-balanced meals; avoiding alcohol; making time to unwind; getting plenty of sleep; connecting with others on the phone; and exercising regularly.

Getting Support

If you are looking for assistance with mental health support, contact Human Resources at 413-542-2372 or hr@mherst.edu, or access the Employee Assistance Program. Find more tips and resources on HR’s Staff and Faculty COVID-19 Resources page.

Massachusetts has started a statewide online resource, Network of Care Massachusetts, that provides a comprehensive, searchable directory to help Massachusetts residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their community.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can find emergency support by calling 877-382-1609 or visiting the emergency services webpage