Mental Health Resources
News regarding COVID-19 is inundating individuals around the globe and creating new and / or additional stress for many. Purdue has a variety of mental health resources available to employees – as do our communities – where employees can seek assistance with help managing their stress and anxieties as the world navigates through the spread of the virus.
Videos to help deal with Stress can be found on our LinkedIn Work Resources page.
For members of the Purdue community who have experienced loss
Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib, associate department head and professor of educational studies in the College of Education, is hosting a virtual grief support group every Friday (March 27 through May 8) from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. No registration is required (and those who attend are not required to participate in any particular way). The recurring link for the meeting is: https://zoom.us/j/944242464.
*Note: in this time of need and uncertainty, CHL counselors are available for appointments outside of the six-visit limit, without charge.
- RecWell Virtual Programming – a weekly updated collection of video classes on group fitness, wellness and cooking aimed at building strong bodies and minds. In response to COVID-19, these resources are open to everyone – even those who do not have memberships. (Note: RecWell financial counseling, wellness coaching and nutrition consultations are for University students only.)
Mental Health America – shares #Tools2Thrive supporting resources from trusted partners, supporters, educational institutions and other national non-profit organizations. They include:
- This is My Brave – mission is to bring stories of mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
- Clubhouse-Intl.org – resource for those with mental illnesses to find “Clubhouses” – safe environments with opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in one setting.
- ColorTherapy.app – promotes relaxation and mindfulness through social coloring and painting; available for Apple devices.
- HappyTheMovement.com – allows individuals to receive support and encouragement from compassionate people; available for Apple and Android devices.
- Inspire.com – social network for patients and caregivers to connect, share and learn from each other
- TheMighty.com – safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.
- IChooseBeauty.org – website that offers a collection of items created for the journey from darkness to light.
- YMHProject.org (Youth Mental Health Project ) – educates, empowers and supports families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of youth; also offers The Parent Support Network™ that provides parents worried about their children’s mental health with a dependable, caring network.
- MakeSureYourFriendsAreOkay.com – group that’s building a community that encourages individuals to have meaningful discussions with those they care about.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline – call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 – is available 24/7 with crisis counseling and other support for people who are going through emotional distress from a disaster, including infectious disease outbreaks. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746. See the online brochure here .
- Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. The Crisis Text Line connects you to a live, trained volunteer who can provide support – medical advice is not provided.
- USA Mental Health First Aid – Compilation of tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved one’s mental health.
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 – Child Mind Institute
- COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub – a free digital resource site to help individuals and care providers address behavioral health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) – See SPRC’s compiled list of resources specific to mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – call 800-273-TALK (8255) – The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support.
#MeMinutes campaign – Robust toolkit promoting the #MeMinutes campaign, which promotes individuals to take time for their own mental health and well-being. Any activity that promotes self-care and wellness counts, whether that’s taking a walk, doing yoga, connecting with a friend, getting fresh air, listening to music or podcasts, etc.