Student Success and Well-Being
Bristol's Mental Health Counseling Services are available during remote learning. To promote the health and safety of our community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, all student counseling will be done remotely, either through videoconferencing or over the phone. We are here to support you.
To make an appointment or to ask questions, please call 774.357.2234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses will be made within one business day.
Click here for access to free and anonymous screenings available for you to check on yourself.
Maintaining Emotional Health and Well-Being (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
- Resources for reducing stress and healthy coping
- Combating isolation and loneliness
- Tips and activities for children
- Stigma and discrimination prevention
- Multilingual resources on COVID-19
- Unemployment, housing, and misc. information
- News and social media accounts to follow
- Mental Health Crisis Support
Tips for Adjusting to Remote Learning
Stay safe and healthy.
During this time, the health and well-being of you and your loved ones comes first. Stay home as much as possible, fit in a home workout or quick walk outside, make time to video chat or call friends and family and keep a regular eating and sleeping schedule.
If you need to go out in public, sanitize or wash your hands regularly, keep at least 6 feet away from other people (even if they aren’t showing symptoms) and don’t touch your face. If you believe you came in contact with or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), call your doctor, local urgent care clinic or hospital emergency department and follow their instructions.
Make a schedule and stick to it.
Your classes may not have specific online “meeting” times, so it will be important to make a regular schedule for yourself to sit down and focus on your class. You should start by checking for class updates from your instructors. If you don’t already use a planner or daily agenda, writing down assignment due dates, meetings and daily tasks is a good way to stay organized.
Create a good study environment.
If possible, try to create a special space at home that will tell your brain “this is where I learn” and offer a sense of privacy and focus — it doesn’t have to be fancy or a separate room. Avoiding common distractions is also important: when you’re in “school mode,” stay away from social media, games, TV or anything not related to your course work.
Keep tasks manageable.
Consider breaking up assignments by creating mini deadlines. For example, if you have three days to read 30 pages, tell yourself that ten pages are due each day. If you need a little extra encouragement, reward yourself for your accomplishment — perhaps a small chocolate or an episode of your favorite show — or ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable.
Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor or fellow classmates questions about your class. If you are unsure about an assignment or what you need to do next, you might not be the only one and your question could help others.
Take advantage of resources.
Bristol offers a variety of online resources to help you succeed, many of which are offered by the same dedicated staff you’d find on campus.
Show kindness and respect.
This is a challenging time for everyone, so treating your instructors, classmates and the college’s support staff with compassion is essential. Just as you’re doing your best, so are those around you.
Keep calm and don’t give up.
If you run into difficulty with your course work, don’t throw in the towel! Contact your instructor and/or your advisor to discuss any issues you’re experiencing and how you can move forward. Click here for the Academic Affairs Directory.
Greater New Bedford Street Sheet
The City of New Bedford's Homeless Service Providers' Network has created a "Street Sheet" that lists important resources -- where to get a meal, how to find a shelter, and more. Visit this web page to download the Street Sheet in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
Kids at Home
Virtual Field Trips (AdventuresinFamilyhood.com)