Wellness FAQs

WELL-BEING FOR STUDENTS—Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What can I do to focus on my overall well-being during this time?
It can be hard when you are out of your routine to make the same healthy decisions you were making before. It's important to remember all of the aspects of your well-being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, intellectual, occupational, financial). For more information on how to maintain healthy habits during this distance education period, visit wmich.edu/healthpromotion for virtual workshops, well-being tips, and resources.

Q. What is the Student Recreation Center offering online to help me stay physically active, relieve stress and combat any anxiety/depression I may be experiencing?
Our fitness and intramural sports staff are working diligently to provide programs that you can do from your home on a daily basis to keep you healthy and active. All of our remote programs will be available by following us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. You can find Yoga, Zumba, Barre and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) options. Intramurals is offering bracket challenges, Movie Scavenger Hunt, and eSports tournaments. Visit wmich.edu/rec/covid-19 for more info.

We also encourage students to get outside daily: Take a walk, bike, go for a run, or discover campus/neighborhood in a new way. Get a Frisbee and play Frisbee golf using the trees as your flag.

Q. I’m having a lot of stress or anxiety because of COVID-19. What can I do?
It is common to feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed during this time, and a lot of it comes down to feeling like we have a lack of control. Even when it feels like you don’t have control of a situation, there are things you can do:

  • Pay attention to your body and feelings for warning signs of distress
  • Maintain routine as much as possible and keep your body in good-working order
  • Practice healthy habits and kinds of self-care that benefit you. For example, get outdoors, go for a walk, try yoga or meditation, or listening to music.
  • It’s a good idea to stay informed, but be mindful of media and news exposure
  • Reach out to support people
  • Seek out 3 good things each day to help balance out the negative. Celebrate successes (even tiny wins) throughout your day.
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.

Check out additional resources at the Sindecuse Health Center Counseling Services page: wmich.edu/healthcenter/counseling/resources

Q. I feel isolated and lonely. How can I continue to stay connected while quarantined or at home?
For those who live alone, you might have to seek out more social opportunities than you typically would and find new ways to connect with friends or family virtually. For example, use a video chat application like FaceTime or Zoom to hang out with friends or family members or have a virtual game night. You can also find talk to someone at SHC Counseling Services or other online support groups.

Q. I don’t feel safe at home/while quarantined. How can I protect myself?
While staying at home is critical to slowing the spread and severity of COVID-19, not everyone feels safe in their home.

Various organizations can provide confidential support for people who feel unsafe or for people who are concerned about someone else’s safety.

  • The FIRE Place Resource and Support Center is available virtually to help the WMU community with issues of sexual assault, unhealthy relationships, and other bias incidents. Visit wmich.edu/healthpromotion/fireplace to get connected.
  • If there is an urgent need, please contact the Michigan Sexual Assault Hotline. To Call: 855-864-2374 Text: 1-866-238-1454 Website: https://www.michigan.gov/voices4

Q.  I have lost a loved one during the COVID-19 outbreak. Where can I find support?
Losing a loved one can be deeply painful, and you deserve support. The types of gatherings and social experiences that many people would usually have after the death of a loved one are often not possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to seek alternative types of support.

Sindecuse Health Center is offering telehealth visits for many appointments including counseling and psychiatric services. Visit wmich.edu/healthcenter to get set up.

Q. Are Sindecuse Health Center Counseling Services still available?
Yes. They recognize the negative impact on the emotional health of the WMU community as a result of the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption created to everyday life. This situation is both new and unpredictable. To support WMU's move to distance learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, the health center offers telehealth visits for many appointments. Primary care, counseling and psychiatric services are available. Eligibility varies according to services sought. Visit wmich.edu/healthcenter to get set up.

Q. I don’t have health insurance or a regular doctor. How can I get care? Is Sindecuse Health Center still seeing people?
Students may choose to investigate coverage options on the Healthcare.gov insurance exchange or Healthy Michigan Plan websites. Sindecuse Health Center will work with all students to help make sure that they are able to get care. Please call if you are in need of health care and are not sure of your options. Please call (269) 387-3287.

Sindecuse health center remains open and recognizes the challenges of COVID-19. They will work with you to have your needs met. The health center may do patient assessments over the phone or using telehealth (online). Please call (269) 387-3287.
There are organizations that offer health care at low cost, on a sliding scale or for free, under certain conditions. Because it’s important to stay home as much as possible, please call first with your concerns, whether or not you feel sick and even if you want to be tested for COVID-19.

Q. I am having financial trouble because of the effects of COVID-19. What assistance programs can help me?
There are multiple resources on campus that can help, including:

For help with bills, visit https://www.usa.gov/help-with-bills. Information about government programs that help with bill payment, temporary assistance, jobs/unemployment, credit, etc. Website and Helpline also offered in Spanish.