Mental Health Support and Services
For faculty, staff, and students
- Wellness Resources for Students (PDF)
- Wellness Resources for Faculty & Staff (PDF)
- Rutgers University Human Resources Wellness Resources
View Wellness Resources (PDF)
- Psychological Services Network – Rutgers Graduate School for Applied and Professional Psychology is offering phone and telepsychology services to help members of our community obtain short term supportive therapy or facilitate referrals to therapists in our network.
- “Healing Ourselves While Healing Others” a seven-part self-care webinar series offered live and on-demand by the Rutgers School of Nursing.
- Rutgers NJMS Psychiatry has launched a telephone support service for NJMS-UH-UPA faculty & staff. To get support and guidance, email your name, telephone number, and the best time to call to Stress.Anxiety@NJMS.Rutgers.edu
- NJ Mental Health Cares – State supported live help line for addressing COVID-19 stress: 866-202-HELP(4357), email@example.com
- The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Zero to Thrive – Mental Health and Coping During a Pandemic for Parents, Perinatal Women, and Kids
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
“Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.” This site has vetted and compiled a wealth of research-backed and helpful tools—articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings, and more. See the “Take a Break” section for simple resources and skills to refocus and refresh.
- Self-Compassion and COVID-19 by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff: “Self-compassion can help if the virus is causing you unnecessary anxiety, limiting your ability to work or travel, reducing your income, or if you or someone you know has already contracted the virus… Self-compassion boosts the immune system, it reduces anxiety, and it’s the easiest way to keep our hearts open to others. Some measure of fear is a healthy response to a contagious virus, of course. We want to respond to the contagion in a wise manner – with preventive measures that benefit ourselves and others.” For self-compassion guided activities: https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/
- American Psychological Association
- CDC Manage Anxiety and Stress
- National Academy of Medicine
- SAMHSA Tips – Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
- Resilience in Challenging Times
Free mobile apps for meditation
- Insight Timer – Download for free for iPhone or Android. Thousands of free guided meditations by category, length, etc. Pay extra for courses, but not necessary.
- Headspace (smartphone app for mindfulness, emotional health, physical health, and sleep exercises.) Offered free to all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings through 2020. Redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address.
- American Council on Exercise – Online Fitness Library
- Yoga with Adrienne: videos for varying levels and meditation videos
- PopSugar Fitness: many cardio, weight, barre, Pilates, dance workouts that are easy to do at home and range from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
- Consumer Reports (tips for obtaining groceries and more)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
For faculty and staff
Rutgers University has resources available to its employees via the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is a university-funded benefit that offers the support and resources needed to address any personal challenges and/or concerns that may affect an employee’s well-being and/or work performance. It is confidential and free to all faculty and staff as well as their eligible family members, including spouses, and dependent children.
Your EAP benefit provides confidential access to licensed professional counselors and work/life specialists who are available for short-term assistance.
Below are links that further describe the program as well as contact information: