KU is migrating to remote learning for the remainder of Spring semester due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. CAPS is responding to these changes by modifying our services. We will be posting information for the KU community on this page as we develop our responses and additional resources for students. Please check back to this page for more information about how our services and availability may change in response to the situation. We are committed to continuing to assist KU students with their mental health needs during this especially stressful time. Please click here for the latest information from the University.
Updates (as of August 10, 2020)
CAPS has suspended face-to-face contacts to comply with social distancing guidelines. If you need assistance or have a question, don’t hesitate to call 785-864-2277.
Testing services is now open for testing by appointment. Please make an appointment before coming to the office to test, as there are specific protocols that must be followed. We will continue to be available by phone and email for questions and appointments. Please call 785-864-2768 or email Celeste Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org between 8:00 and 5:00 weekdays to make an appointment or if you have any questions. Messages and responses to emails will be returned promptly!
Therapy and Psychiatry
First time appointments via telephone are now available for currently enrolled KU students residing in Kansas or Missouri. Providing therapy services to students who are currently outside of the state of Kansas or Missouri may be limited due to laws which govern our ability to practice in other jurisdictions. We are working diligently to keep up with the changing requirements for tele-therapy and will make changes when able in order to increase access to our therapy service for students. Please contact our office if you have questions.
In order to schedule a first time appointment, please call our office at 785-864-2277 during business hours. These appointments will be available Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. If eligible, you will be given instructions for completing required paperwork and provided with an appointment. You will be seen the same day if it all possible. If all available appointments for the day are taken, you may be asked to call back the next day. Please let the receptionist know if you have an urgent issue and need to be seen before the next day. Initial psychiatry evaluations remain suspended until further notice.
*All group therapy services, outreach programming, and HOPE@CAPS related activities such as peer listening hours and peer support groups have been suspended until further notice.
CAPS is offering individual therapy and psychiatric follow-up appointments for established clients via telephone that are aligned with the laws and regulations pertaining to this practice in the state of Kansas and professional ethical guidelines. We are contacting students who have individual therapy appointments and psychiatric follow-ups scheduled to inform them of this change. If you have an appointment scheduled for this week or any following week, please contact CAPS for information about how this change will proceed.
If you are experiencing an urgent mental health issue, please call CAPS at 785-864-2277 and we will discuss the options for care.
After hours messages may be left on the CAPS voicemail. Messages will be answered the next business day. If you or someone you know needs service outside of CAPS hours, resources in the Lawrence community include:
• Lawrence Memorial Hospital - 785-505-5000
• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center - 785-843-9192
• Headquarters Counseling Center - 785-841-2345
You can also contact the community mental health center or other mental health agency in your local community.
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room or community mental health center.
• Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case-secenario. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside of your control.
• Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
• Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own worry. If your day to day activities are disrupted by college closings, attempt to create structure in your day by: scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and famiy.
• Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as Watkin's Health Services, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
• Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
• Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available. If you are someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact the Counseling Center or the Student Affairs office. Your campus community is here to help!
• Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together. Be aware of your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country, and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become less compassionate and more fear-based.
• Increased worry, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed
• Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
• Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
• Sleep difficulties
• Excessive crying
• Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
• Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
• A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
• Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality
It's not unusual to experience some - or even several - of the types of distress listed above during times of uncertainty and stress. If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual healthy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc).