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COVID-19: Coping with Uncertainty

In accordance with BYUH's COVID-19 procedures, most counseling services will be provided through telemental health and remote services.

Our office will remain open during normal business hours for crisis and walk-ins.

After-hours support for crisis is available by calling (808) 675-3911.

COVID-19 Update

  • The emotional impact of COVID-19 can be stressful and overwhelming for many. Coping with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty is important for your well-being. Things you can do to support yourself:

    • Daily structure. Create a daily schedule for yourself. Maintain your usual routines as much as possible, and when impossible, come up with a creative way to fill that time. Make sure to set aside time each day for self-care.
    • Avoid excessive media exposure. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. It’s important to stay informed, but hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
    • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Connect with others. Guidelines recommend social distancing, but find creative ways to stay connected to others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Use technology to stay connected.
    • Stay in the here and now. The situation is fluid and changes from hour to hour. Anxiety builds with the uncertainty of what will happen a week or month from now. Temporarily resist the urge to plan well in advance and focus on the things you can control now.
    • Find Joy. Try to do activities you enjoy. Make time to unwind and relax.
    • Impermanence. Although it feels endless, this pandemic will end. The guidelines for social distancing, closures, and changes to University operations are temporary.

    If you (or someone you care about) are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call us at (808) 675-3518, email, or walk into our office at McKay Classroom Building Room 181 and speak with a counselor.

  • In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 most services will be held through telemental health appointments. Once a student sets up a meeting with one of our counselors they will receive an email from Counseling & Disability Services with the link and needed information regarding their appointment.

    During the COVID-19 Pandemic, life can feel uncertain and overwhelming at times. Learning to cope and adjust to inconveniences, stress, and anxiety can be difficult. To help students navigate through uncertainties, Counseling Services will be offering different online outreach events. Check out our website for more information and to sign up in the link below!

    Online Outreach Events

  • If you are currently in individual counseling, couples counseling, or group counseling, your counselor will contact you to discuss your options and to set up a telemental health appointment.

    If you would like to set up an appointment and have not heard back from one of our counselors, please contact Counseling & Disability Services at or (808) 675-3518.

  • We are continuing to accept new clients during this time. If you would like to meet with one of our counselors please email or call us at (808) 675-3518.

  • Due to licensing restrictions, counseling services is limited to full-time students and their dependents who are physically located in Hawaii.

  • We will continue to assist with on-campus crisis as well as face-to-face crisis in the office during normal operating hours.
    If you are in crisis during business hours, please call (808) 675-3518 to be connected to a counselor.
    After-hours support for crisis is available by contacting BYUH Safety at (808) 675-3911.