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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month, dedicated to prioritizing our well-being and promoting open conversations about mental health. At Carolina, we recognize the importance of mental health and its impact on our personal and professional lives.

Our mental health effects how we think, feel and act and includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. We can support the positive mental and social wellbeing of our friends, family, co-workers and ourselves by:

  • Taking media breaks. Limit exposure to news and social media.
  • Caring for our bodies. Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and stay active.
  • Making time to unwind. Schedule time for yourself each day for something you enjoy, like reading, meditation, having a cup of tea, walking outdoors, taking a bubble bath, etc.
  • Connecting with others. Talk to those you trust about your concerns and how you’re feeling and check in on how they feel too.


Resources for Employees

UNC offers a variety of resources to support the positive mental and social wellbeing of its employees. Here are some resources available to you.

Wellness Wednesdays

Join an upcoming Wellness Wednesday webinar:

  • May 8 @ 2 p.m. – Character Strengths Unleashed: Discovering the Hidden Gems Within You
  • May 15 @ noon – Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace
  • May 22 @ noon – Paying Off Debt While Building Wealth
  • May 29 @ noon – How to Delegate at Work and in Life

Mindful Meditation Sessions

Bring balance to your day with free 15-30-minute meditations sessions available every week.

NC Botanical Gardens Health and Wellbeing Programs

Practice your poetry and learn about herbs this month. Sessions are held on Thursdays. NCBG registration required; $12-$19 per session.

Wellness On-Demand Library

Learn something new at a time for you: Check out this collection of online wellness resources including ComPsych podcasts, resources for the department of psychiatry and UNC Wellness Centers.

Heels Care Network

With, find training, get 24/7 crisis support or refer a friend for help — all in one place.


Your free Employee Assistance Program offers 24/7 counseling and self-improvement solutions to everyday issues. To contact, call 877-314-5841 or access online GuidanceResources, including a 10-question stress assessment, with Organization Web ID: TARHEELS.

Remember, support is a phone call away:

Carelon Behavioral Health

Looking for self-help resources?

In addition to the online resources available through the EAP, Carelon Behavioral Health (formerly Beacon Health through BCBSNC) provides online resources, including webinars, trainings, videos, and more on a wide range of topics.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Having thoughts of suicide, experiencing a substance use crisis, or any kind of emotional distress?

Call or text the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (988) to get immediate help.

Additional support with Mental Health America


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