By Caitlin McBride
With classrooms closing, groups and events no longer meeting, and many workplaces no longer in operation, life right now is very stressful. Students may be having trouble focusing on their schoolwork, feeling insecure about being able to access food, worrying about how they’re going to pay rent and utilities, or just stressing about the future of the world. Although the U of M community cannot be together physically, there are still resources to help students during this time. In order to help, we’ve compiled a list of some of the resources students can check out.
Help with food
Nutritious U is still providing groceries!
The U of M Nutritious U Food Pantry will be open throughout the coming months, just running a little differently. Instead of having open pantry hours like in the past, they will provide bags of groceries to students by appointment, available for either pick up or drop off.
Check the Nutritious U webpage to find out more and to schedule an appointment.
Not on campus? You can find food pantries across Minnesota.
Students can apply for SNAP
Students experiencing further food insecurity at this time can apply for SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The University can help you determine your eligibility for SNAP benefits with a simple SNAP survey.
Boynton Health on the East Bank campus is still open. The St. Paul location is currently closed. Call ahead to arrange a visit.
Mental health services
Boynton Mental Health
Boynton Mental Health provides telehealth counseling and treatment for students who are in Minnesota. They also offer in-person care for students in crisis, as long as the student does not need to self quarantine.
Follow instructions on the Boynton Mental Health website if you need to get in touch or schedule a mental health appointment.
For those who cannot make it to campus or those who are self quarantining and staying home, the University’s crisis hotline is available. Call 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222 in. This line is available to anyone experiencing mental health struggles and issues.
Many of these resources are available to use from your own home, so you can continue to practice social distancing while using them.