Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. During the past year, there has been an unprecedented increase in the numbers of people experiencing mental health issues. In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44 percent of Americans were dealing with either depression or anxiety. While historically data shows that 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health concern, these days it may feel like it’s closer to 5 in 5. The good news is mental conditions are treatable. There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and ways that everyone can support their friends, family and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or mental health.
During this pandemic, UNC Work/Life and Wellness wants to make sure faculty and staff have the tools they need to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.
Anytime Learning: Mental Wellbeing webinars
(Click on the topic title for access to the recording)
Understanding Depression (53 mins.)
Overcoming Distorted Negative Thinking (53 mins.)
Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback (57 mins.)
Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living (52 mins.)View upcoming webinars and events
Participate in a Mindful Meditation Session
Bring balance to your day with free 20-minute mediations sessions available four days a week.
- Mondays at 12:15 p.m. with Jonny Gerkin (Sign up email)
- Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. with Bree Kalb (Sign up email)
- Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. with Meenu Tewari (Sign up link)
- Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. with Bree Kalb (Sign up email)
Relax and Rejuvenate with Yoga
Employees can enjoy free 30-minute virtual gentle yoga sessions offer twice a week by Gillings Culture of Health. Sign up
- Mondays at 12:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
- Campus Recreation On-Demand Yoga & Restore Sessions
- Thousand Petals On-Demand All Levels Yoga Session – Enjoy tips on how to open locked areas in the body safely while exploring a variety of poses that will leave you feeling radiantly open. Move through side body stretches, sun salutes, standing poses, hip openers and a deep relaxation. (32 minutes)
Are you too stressed?
Stress is a common occurrence for most people, but an unhealthy amount of stress in your life can affect you emotionally and physically, resulting in poor health and struggling relationships.
Test your stress level with this 10-question assessment.
- Learn way to relax and manage stress to help you live a more positive, fulfilling life.
- Take charge of your life with the these 10 tips to deal with stress.
- Ease stress with these 32 stress-reduction tips.
New Tools2Thrive Fact Sheets from Mental Health America:
- Accepting Reality
- Adapting After Trauma and Stress
- Dealing with Anger and Frustration
- Getting Out of Thinking Traps
- Processing Big Changes
- Taking Time for Yourself
- Supporting Others
Remember, support is a phone call away:
- Call 911, in case of an emergency.
- Contact GuidanceResources® at 877-314-5841. Your free Employee Assistance Program offers 24/7 counseling and self-improvement solutions to everyday issues. Access online resources with Organization Web ID: TARHEELS.
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or text LOVEIS to 22522 for help with abusive situations.