February 14, 2023

Healthy Boiler workshop focuses on winter blues, seasonal affective disorder

Winter can negatively affect some individuals’ sleep, energy, motivation, mood and diet. The upcoming “Winter Blues” workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.

Attendees will learn the signs to help spot the difference between the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and practical solutions to improve overall wellness.

Those interested should register by Feb. 23 via the Healthy Boiler Portal. A registration link can be found under the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the “Winter Blues” workshop square and hit “Submit” to register.

Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff and dependents. 

More information

For those who are unsure if they’re experiencing SAD, BetterHelp (an online therapy platform) offers an article titled “Do I Have SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder?”

SupportLinc, the provider of behavioral health services for employees on the West Lafayette campus, provides a flash course on seasonal affective disorder as well as a tip sheet and article with more information. To schedule an appointment with a SupportLinc counselor, call 888-881-5462 or log into the SupportLinc website.

Those in need of additional support, experiencing a crisis and/or suicidal thoughts can call, text or chat 988. They will be connected to trained counselors who are part of the existing Lifeline network. Counselors will listen, understand how the problems are affecting callers, provide support and connect them to resources if necessary.

Resources mentioned above support the Purdue Healthy Boiler Program’s behavioral health pillar, which advocates for integrated care programs that focus on behavioral health and community support.

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