COVID-19 and Mental Health

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about the disease and the events surrounding it can become overwhelming causing a wide range of thoughts, reactions, and emotions.

Common Reactions

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Race/Identity related stress

Managing Anxiety and Stress

MCC’s Counseling and Advising Center understands the impact COVID-19 may be having on your mental health.  We encourage you to follow the CDC’s recommendations:

Take care of your body. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well- balanced meals, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.

Connect with others. Share your feelings and concerns with a friend or family member.

Take breaks. Allow yourself time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Utilize cell phone apps designed to help you relax.

Stay Informed. There is a lot of inaccurate information being distributed through social media. Please find the most accurate and current information at

Avoid too much exposure to news. Limit worry and agitation by avoiding excessive exposure to media coverage.  It is okay to stay informed but remember to take breaks from media focused on COVID-19.  Make an effort to spend time engaging in activities you find enjoyable.

Seek Help.  If your anxiety or worry is feeling overwhelming, you may seek additional help from our office by calling 231-777-0362 or through your MyMCC.  MCC counselors will be providing phone appointments, appointments through Zoom and in person appointments in the Counseling and Advising Center on the main campus during our posted office hours.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call

  • 911
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Links for further information