In this time of unprecedented transition, the University of Missouri remains committed to student success and your progress toward your degree. First and foremost, we are here to support you during this uncertain and challenging time. We know situations are changing rapidly, and the next best steps are not always clear. With that in mind, we know student success is not just about academics, so we are sharing non-academic resources to help you through this stressful time.
One such resource is Sanvello, an app that offers techniques to relieve stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression. The University of Missouri has a system-wide subscription to this app. With the subscription, students, faculty and staff who sign in with their campus or system email address can access premium features without having to pay monthly fees. The Sanvello app is available for both Android and Apple phones.
The app’s features are customizable to serve your needs. For example, during meditation, users can choose to focus on being present or on calming down before going to sleep. The habit-tracking feature can measure standard wellness habits such as drinking water or getting enough sleep, but it can also track how often you engage in a hobby that makes you happy. In the app’s social forum, you can post what you are grateful for and other users can leave “hearts” on the posts to offer encouragement and support.
You might also be interested in the University of Missouri Guided Mindfulness Practices.
There are many resources available in the areas surrounding our campuses and in the communities University of Missouri students call home. We have listed a few below. Services and agencies regularly change, so guides may not be entirely complete; COVID-19 precautions may affect the services available.
Some tips to keep in mind during your search:
- Prioritize - Make a list of your needs and seek help for the ones that are most important.
- Search - Locate providers who offers services that fit your needs
- Participate - Try to provide all of the information that's being requested and follow through with the steps you need to take
When contacting agencies:
- Be ready to provide your full name and contact information. Use the priorities you've created to give a brief account of what you need. It may be helpful to have these main points and your questions written down in front of you for your reference.
- Have paper and pencil ready when you call. Take notes! Be sure to record the names, titles, and phone numbers of the people you speak with.
- Keep your notes together so you can use this information when you make follow-up calls.
- Take the time to say thank you to those who assist you along the way.
Where to look:
United Way 2-1-1 is the largest and most popular resource guide available in Missouri and Illinois. By dialing 2-1-1, you can speak with a resource specialist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can help you find the resources available to you. You can also chat with a representative Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. United Way 2-1-1 offers their full resource guide online for you to browse and search at your convenience.
Child Care Aware allows you to search for child care by zip code. Providers are screened by Child Care Aware to ensure quality and safety. After using this site, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please call 1-866-892-3228 to speak with a Child Care Aware Resource Specialist.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with someone.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They offer a 24/7 hotline (1-866-488-7386) as well as chat and text services.
The Crisis Text Line allows you to access a crisis counselor 24/7 by texting "HOME" to 741741.
Missouri Community Options & Resources (MOCOR) has compiled information on long-term support and services throughout Missouri.
See TheHelpList.com for Missouri community resources by county.
Resource and referral guide for Columbia and Boone County community resources.
True North of Columbia is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence victim service program with a 24/7 hotline for emergency and non-emergency needs. Call 1-800-548-2480 for referral information, emotional support, and safety planning. The website provides a quick escape button if you need to change your screen quickly.
Kansas City-Specific Resources
The Community Resource Guide is a PDF publication by KCHealthResource.org, your source for health care options for uninsured and underinsured persons in the Greater Kansas City Area.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) provides support to survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse through prevention, advocacy, education, and treatment services. Contact the 24/7 crisis lines at 816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233.
Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) lists community services in Phelps County.
Saint Louis-Specific Resources
St. Louis County has compiled a list of resources and links for dealing with issues resulting from COVID-19 and coronavirus.
Start Here Saint Louis is a resource directory providing program and contact information for dozens of agencies, shelters, employment resources, food pantries and more throughout the St Louis area. They also publish an annual Resource Directory that is available to print. You can also find updated cooling center, summer meal program, health and legal information.
Safe Connections provides a 24/7 crisis hotline for those who have experienced trauma (1-314-531-2003). If you feel unsafe in your home or have experienced domestic or sexual violence, the advocates who answer the hotline will provide emotional support, help you assess your immediate safety needs, and offer referrals. Interpreters and RELAY services are available. The website provides a "click to escape" button if you need to change your screen quickly.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC)
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation Durning an Infectious Disease Outbreak (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA)
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety (Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America)