Wellness Strategies

Wellness Resources

Blue Devils Care

Blue Devils Care builds upon current remote offerings from CAPS and Student Health and offers expanded, 24/7 mental telehealth support to all students at no cost. Blue Devils Care is available to all full- or part-time degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate or professional students, and includes two types of remote services for students. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you will be able to talk to a licensed mental health provider directly from your device. Blue Devils Care provides on-demand mental health support and gives students a safe space to talk about anything at any time (anxiety surrounding COVID-19, relationships, sadness, isolation and loneliness, etc.).

Free scheduled telehealth counseling sessions are also now available for students. Sign in, and select Scheduled Counseling to set up single or recurring counseling sessions. As a reminder, you can always use TalkNow for 24/7, on-demand mental health support.

To get started, visit BlueDevilsCare.duke.edu. Register once using your @duke.edu email address and the service key provided to students via email, then you’ll be ready to use the service whenever you need it.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS remains open, and CAPS counselors are continuing to provide care for our students remotely through telemental health appointments. Any Duke student can talk with a CAPS counselor by calling CAPS at (919) 660-1000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. A CAPS receptionist will answer your call and connect you to a CAPS counselor to discuss your needs and connect you with appropriate services. 

For students residing within North Carolina, telemental health visits with a CAPS counselor are one of the possible service options that may be discussed. For students living outside of North Carolina, the CAPS counselor you speak with can help you explore treatment options in your area of residence as well as the Blue Devils Care services now available.


Are you concerned about the physical or mental wellbeing of yourself or another student? Start with DukeReach. Anyone can report a concern about a student by completing a DukeReach report online or by calling 919-681-2455. 

Student Health

Student Health remains open for essential services, and can connect students with any support they need, including prescription management for students. Student Health offers video/telehealth visits to students residing in North Carolina. Just call first (919-681-9355) to speak with a nurse to ensure it’s a type of visit Student Health can provide remotely. For urgent matters after hours, you may speak to a nurse by calling Student Health at 919-681-9355

If you feel sick, you should call Student Health during business hours at 919-681-9355 and choose option 2 to speak to a triage nurse if you are experiencing any symptoms or have any concerns. For urgent matters after hours, you may speak to a nurse by calling Student Health at 919-681-9355

The Campus Center Pharmacy is also still open. Find hours on their site.

Wellness Strategies

For most of us, having to unexpectedly leave or disengage with our communities can be stressful. 

From DuWell, here are 6 tips that you can use to maintain your mental health and wellbeing:  

  1. Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible. Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.  
  2. Practice healthy habits and the kinds of self-care that most benefit you. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating well, and moving or exercising regularly.  
  3. Take breaks to ease your mind and distract yourself when you start to worry. Go for a walk. Watch a movie. Try a meditation app. For more skills to consider, head to activeminds.org/selfcare.  
  4. Mindfulness and meditation can boost the immune system. Meditation will also reduce cortisol in the system so decrease stress.
    • We are now offering our Koru Mindfulness classes online through Zoom. Register online for a class this spring.
    • Moments of Mindfulness Programming will be hosted online through the Zoom platform. Visit our site for additional information.  
    • Duke Gardens also offers lovely 4 and 10-minute meditations.
  5. Avoid crowds — but do what you can to stay connected. Off-campus, distance learning can mean you might find yourself geographically separated from the people you would normally see on campus. Make the effort to stay connected through social media, email, texting, and video calls.  
  6. Seek news only from reliable sources, and only in moderation. As with all things, we often find ourselves over-consuming news and updates. Try not to become too absorbed in the coverage for long periods of time, and find opportunities to appropriately disconnect. Set limits for yourself and check-in with yourself so you know when to take a break.  

As you are experiencing the impacts of COVID-19, please know that the Student Wellness Center is sending positive thoughts, encouragement and online support your way.  

This information was adapted from the article: Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19 related School Closure

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Wellness Strategies When in Isolation/Quarantine

  • Shower and get dressed each day
  • Write out a daily schedule and stick to it, Go to sleep and wake up at (approximately) the same time each day
  • Set up your room to have different spaces for everything so you feel like you are “going somewhere.”
  • Exercise in your room!  Now that you’re not going to the gym (or even walking anywhere), you have more time to exercise.  
    • Break it up throughout the day, and you will be amazed how much you can do in 24 hours.  
    • Keep a piece of paper to record what you do and add it up at the end of the day.
    • You can do: jumping jacks, squats, sit-ups or crunches, push-ups or wall push-ups, burpees, plank, lunges, run in place or take a yoga class online.
  • Eat regular meals, don’t just snack all day
  • Schedule time to zoom, FaceTime, talk with FRIENDS AND FAMILY including at some meals
  • Make zoom appointments for therapy, advisor meetings, clubs, lectures, programs, etc.  Go to the Duke Calendar to see all of the many virtual programs that are happening everyday.
  • Learn a new skill from watching YouTube videos. Teach yourself how to crochet, knit, paint, play an instrument, sew, do origami, read music, learn the sign language alphabet, a foreign language, etc.
  • Find a series to watch on TV and divide it up to watch a little each day until the end of your quarantine/isolation
  • Be gentle with yourself, this is a pandemic and it’s hard!

Reach out to the Isolation Care Team, Duke Reach or CAPS to get support while in isolation or quarantine.

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