Resources for Your Well-Being During COVID-19
COVID-19 has presented a variety of new challenges and obstacles for us to overcome. Now is the
perfect time to take inventory of your mental health and well-being and ensure you’re taking care of
yourself and managing your stress in a way that isn’t harmful.
If you’re a student, your school has likely set up easily accessible resources to help you address your
financial, mental, and physical health, much like the University of Michigan has. Check out your school’s
website, or reach out to your Health Services Office to learn more about what’s available to you—often at
Nerdwallet has put together a comprehensive list of valuable resources for those of us in need of financial
assistance. You can find a collection of contact information for several banking institutions, as well as
brief summaries of aid available for:
- Credit Cards
- Student Loans
- Personal Loans
- Retirement Accounts
View the resource guide here.
Small Business Resources
Small businesses have been hit hard by the social distancing restrictions imposed by COVID-19. But
experts say you shouldn’t start worrying about closing your doors for good just yet. A variety of
resources are available for small business owners concerned about covering expenses and retaining
employees while everyone is struggling.
Check out these resource guides to find and apply for financial assistance:
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- SBA: Coronavirus Relief Options
- Paycheck Protection Program
- EIDL Loan Advance
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- SBA Debt Relief
- America’s Small Business Development Center
- Department of Defense: Office of Small Business Programs
- Google for Small Business: Helping Your Business Through COVID-19
- Hello Alice: COVID-19 Business Resource Center
Still not sure where to get started? Check out this list of state-by-state resources curated by Gusto.
Mental Health Resources
There are several mental health proponents committed to monitoring the mental health effects of COVID-
19 and providing the resources necessary to deal with them effectively. If you have felt anxious,
depressed, or stressed in recent weeks—or if you just want to stay on top of your mental health and
ensure you’re staying productive and positive—check out the helpful links below. You’ll find articles, blog
posts, videos, and more.
- Mental Health America
- Psych Hub
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Alliance for Mental Illness
- American Psychological Association
- Massachusetts General Hospital
It’s important to reach out to friends and family, even while social distancing, so don’t forget to use them
as a resource, as well! We’re all in this together, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you find yourself, a
loved one or someone else struggling through the uncertainty of these unprecedented times.
How to Help Your Community
Want to do what you can to support your community during COVID-19, but not sure where you’ll be most
valuable? There are tons of ways you can help – both out on the streets and in the safety of your home.
Here is a list of resources to help you get started:
- 8 Ways You Can Help Your Community Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
- 3 Ways You Can Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Volunteer Match
To make a broader impact, get your friends and family involved, or start a donation chain on Facebook
for a local charity working to help families within your community. The possibilities are endless.
Stay Safe and Take Care of Yourself!
It’s okay to take a step back and prioritize your mental and physical health when you need to. In fact,
it’s more important now, than ever before. We hope you find these resources helpful. Stay positive, well
and safe out there!