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As the nation continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, students may find themselves struggling to maintain their mental and physical health during the summer months.

Starting June 1, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) will offer weekly informational workshops focused on maintaining mental and physical wellness during the pandemic. CSDC Summer Workshop series will address topics such as strengthening relationships during social distancing, establishing a healthy sleep routine, living with family members, maintaining physical health, and stress and time management.

“Our hope is for these workshops to be an accessible, relevant service to our students who have been impacted by the pandemic. We realize that university students are dealing with many stressors right now, so these programs are aimed at helping students find healthy ways to cope,” said CSDC Director Allyson Tanouye.

Each workshop will be free, and 10–12 students currently enrolled at UH Mānoa can be accommodated every session. If demand is higher, CSDC will add more sessions throughout the week. Students must physically reside in the state of Hawaiʻi to participate. A licensed psychologist and CSDC staff members will oversee the workshops and participants can pose questions.

In response to the pandemic, CSDC has adjusted services for students and is set up for urgent individual walk-in appointments (with adjustments to accommodate social distancing) or telephone crisis consultations. CSDC requests that you call to set up an appointment or call before attending a walk-in appointment, and staff will help arrange appropriate services. Other resources are available for those who need a helping hand.

Faculty and staff can contact the UH Employee Assistance Program for counseling services at Worklife Hawaiʻi.

UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center (808) 956-7927

Crisis Line of Hawaiʻi (808) 832-3100 (Oʻahu), 1-800-753-6879 (Neighbor Islands)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line text ALOHA to 741741 (Hawaiʻi), text TALK to 741741 (National)

—By Moanikeʻala Nabarro

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