During the pandemic more than physical health has been at stake; mental health has been challenged.  There is a need for healthy coping strategies to deal with the myriad of problems students and staff face that cause anxiety and depression.  This list is based on a collection of evidence-based studies and information from Georgann Willis, associate professor of psychology; Hanna Culbertson, UCC Wellness counselor; and Alyssa Harter, assistant professor of communication, who candidly shared her own anxiety and depression reducing strategies in an effort to reduce stigma.

Associate Professor of Psychology Georgann Willis enjoys her anxiety-reducing walk in the snow.
Photo provided by Georgann Willis
Wellness Counselor Hanna Culbertson provides private mental health counseling for UCC students.
Photo provided by Hanna Culbertson
Assistant Professor of Communications Alyssa Harter likes to hike in nature to improve her mental health.
Photo provided by Alyssa Harter

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This is one of eight articles in our special series on mental health. For the rest of the articles in this series, select any of the links below:

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UCC student discusses his college anxiety
Trapped Behind the Mask: Neurodivergent student shares college pandemic struggles
Students, staff identify mental health treatment barriers amid rising need
Student Assistance Plan offers free virtual counseling services for UCC students, their families and roommates
Poor mental health is costing employers billions
UCC students share their anxiety coping strategies