Our resource page offers information to support members of our university community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Stay up to date on Kent State University's coronavirus (COVID-19) response, including answers to frequently asked questions: www.kent.edu/coronavirus.
The Kent Cares web page offers resources to help students who may be experiencing issues that can impact their wellbeing and academic success: www.kent.edu/kent-cares.
Find information and facts about COVID-19:
Free Online Meditation Every Weekday
Are you feeling stressed out from all the recent adjustments you’ve had to make this semester? Is news about the coronavirus pandemic leaving you anxious?
Kent State of Wellness, Kent State University’s healthy-campus initiative, is hosting free facilitated online meditation sessions every weekday, Monday to Friday, through the end of May. Meditation sessions last 30 minutes and are open to all members of the Kent State community, and their families and friends.
Find these online meditation sessions and registration information at https://www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation.
Our Meditation Across Campus web page has additional meditation resources and information.
Active Minds, the nation's premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students, is offering the following free webinars to support the mental health and wellness of students and their families as they observe social distancing during this period. Check out additional weekly webinars from Active Minds.
Sleep, Self-Care and Sharing a Productive, Healthy Indoor Environment: Everything Students Need to Know about Mental Health during COVID-19
Intended for: Students
Millions of students have been displaced due to COVID19-related school closures and are curious about practicing self-care, creating a productive, healthy indoor environment, talking to their parents about mental health while quarantined and more. Dr. Kristen Lee, a licensed clinical social worker and associate teaching professor at Northeastern University, will share tips for all of these questions and more during this free, interactive discussion with up to 500 student participants. Watch recording.
Student Chat: Student-Led Mental Health Advocacy in an Era of Physical Distancing
Intended for: Student mental health advocates
In an unprecedented moment for higher education, students continue to lead the way with innovative, creative and impactful ideas to support the mental health needs of their peers. This interactive meeting and discussion, led by Active Minds, will share strategies students have employed to maintain connection, educate and support mental health and wellness, and build community at a time of increased anxiety, isolation and instability among students. Watch recording.
Communicating in Quarantine: Tips to Encourage Mental Wellness in Close Quarters
Intended for: young adults, parents, remote workers, neighbors/community members
All over the country, families, communities, schools and workplaces are facing feelings of isolation and challenges with communicating with others as a result of students returning home after school closures; individuals balancing multiple responsibilities in a shared space with each other and other family members or roommates; colleagues, students, faculty and administrators continuing their work through online formats; and members of the community working to support their most vulnerable neighbors while practicing physical distancing. This webinar will share easy, practical ways we can start supporting each other better right now through active listening. Watch recording.
Mental Health and Well-being
It is critical that our community members are able to maintain their mental health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Read the CDC's tips for managing stress and anxiety.
- Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 training. The Red Cross is offering a free Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 training online. The course is designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/mental-health-first-aid-for-covid-19-online/a6R3o0000014ZIg.html
- Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or Text '4HOPE' to: 741-741. For additional resources, visit www.ohiospf.org.
- Information from the JED Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/covid-19-and-managing-mental-health/
- Information from the Steve Fund: https://www.stevefund.org/
- Maintaining mental health: https://www.stevefund.org/blog-maintaining-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Resilience in Challenging Times. Free video from Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and additional resources for all of us: https://product.soundstrue.com/resilience-in-challenging-times/
How to Maintain a Routine of Kindness During Difficult Times: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/newsletters/20200406
- The Akron-Canton Foodbank partners with various food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs. Locate an agency near you: https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/agency-map
- Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and food/food safety from the USDA: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus
- Find information about how the state of Ohio is supporting whole-child nutrition during school closures: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Supporting-Whole-Child-Nutrition
- Kent State's Recreational Services' virtual recreation options: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/virtual-rec
- Virtual Fit Fest, June 5-7: https://www.netafit.org/fit-fest/virtual-fit-fest-2020/
- Free 60-day trial of the iFit app that gives you access to thousands of trainer-led workouts: https://www.ifit.com/freemotion?utm_source=cv19&utm_medium=marcy&utm_campaign=kent_state_university
- Brain-changing exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHY0FxzoKZE
- Three-mile walking exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYuw4f1c4xs
- The Kent State Pay it Flash Forward Emergency Grant is available to students who may be experiencing difficult setbacks during this period. Learn more.
- United Way COVID-19 assistance. You can dial 211 to speak to someone about local assistance at any time:
Stuck at home and bored? Here are some free entertainment resources to help you get through your day:
- Metropolitan Opera free online performances: https://www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-encore-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/
- NASA free resources: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html
- San Diego Zoo live webcams: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
- Museums in Paris provide free access to beautiful works of art: http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/en
- Live webcams in nature all over the world: https://explore.org/livecams
- Talking to children about COVID-19: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-
- Center for Puppetry Arts offers free programming for children and families: https://puppet.org/center-for-puppetry-arts-home/