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Mental health check in

By: Melissa Watkins, Mental Health Coordinator

Let’s face it: these are unchartered times and we’re all searching for hope and understanding. This comes packed with stress and anxiety about the unknown, while trying to manage the weight of daily tasks, including your learning.

We’re here for you. How are you feeling?

I'm having a good day!

Great news! Continue these good days by connecting with friends and family through phone, email, and social media. Try your best to set up a daily routine such as connecting with someone each day, continuing with studies by creating a daily routine, and what many find helpful is incorporating mindfulness as part of your day. Mindfulness activities focus on breathing and different areas of your body or practicing gentle exercise to help you relax and concentrate. Here are some free mindfulness activities from that you may find useful to help guide some relaxation with your current thoughts and feelings.

I am functioning well and keeping up with my studies!

Remember to keep a daily schedule of studies to keep you on track and allocate two hours a day per course to keep your studies moving forward. Connect with your tutor or academic expert if you need some support. Don’t forget to check in on your own mental health and wellness as part of your daily routine. Remind yourself you are doing well and keep positive about your studies and future opportunities.

I don't understand what is going on with COVID-19 and it's making me anxious.

These are challenging times for many and the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the outcomes can be anxiety-provoking and overwhelming. This is okay; you are not alone.

Take some deep breaths and reassure yourself this is short term that you will move through this uncertainty. At any time you can access the 24/7 Homewood Health and Wellness supports through the Learner Wellness Support Program. AU has also put together a number of resources and information available through the AU Mental Health and Wellness website.

The Mental Health Commission has provided a great resource on understanding COVID-19, staying informed, and accessing mental health resources.

Today is a bad day and I wouldn't mind reaching out to someone.

Athabasca University is here to support you and your academic journey. At any time, you can access the 24/7 Homewood Health Health and Wellness supports through the Student Wellness Support Program. If you need support with staying on track with your studies, you may want to book an appointment with AU Counselling Services by emailing to If you have any questions or would like some support or direction email

I am feeling anxious and stressed.

Anxiety is our normal reaction to stress. We all experience different levels of stress throughout our lives in reaction to different events, and this is okay. How we manage our anxiety is important.

During times of uncertainty, managing anxiety is important for our own mental health.  For example, Talklife has Ten Tips to Manage Anxiety During COVID-19.

Don’t forget Athabasca students can reach out 24/7 Homewood Health Health and Wellness supports through the Learner Wellness Support Programs.

  • May 6, 2021
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Melissa Watkins, Mental Health Coordinator