Cope with Political Stress with New CAPS Resource | University of Arkansas

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This semester, Pat Walker Health Center's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has seen a sharp increase in political anxiety and stress amongst its clients. Students are reporting that the uncertain political times — especially during this unprecedented public health crisis and increasing racial tensions across the country — are leaving them with more feelings of stress and uncertainty.

Such stress can interfere with daily tasks, including academic work.

And regardless of the outcome of this year's election cycle, the post-election political climate can be enough to create an unusual amount of stress for some people.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, CAPS encourages the U of A community to practice healthy habits and stay well during these times of tension and uncertainty. CAPS clinicians have put together some strategies to help you better cope and redistribute your feelings into positive energy.

CAPS continues to provide crucial mental health services for students in telehealth format. Individual counseling, Let's Talk and psychiatry sessions can be scheduled online or by phone at 479-575-5276. Students are also encouraged to join the virtual CAPS Coffee Hour session held daily.

For more mental health resources and additional information about CAPS services, visit

Pat Walker Health Center remains committed to ensuring key health and wellness services remain available to the U of A community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The health center remains open for medical care by appointment only, and have expanded access with telehealth services. Call 479-575-4451 to schedule an appointment.