General UGA Resources
Free Access to Daily Mental Wellness Support
TAO–Therapy Assistance Online provides all UGA students, faculty and staff ongoing, daily mental wellness support. TAO is Free to the UGA Community and can be accessed anywhere, anytime! Click here for more information and how to access this free resource tool.
Mental Health for Faculty and Staff
Help for coping with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak or other life matters is available through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Plan via phone at 844-243-4440 or online (company code is USGCares). These services are available to all full- and part-time employees and their families and other members of their household. Kepro also offers online resources, many related to the stress of working from home and returning to work.
USG provides an employee assistance program to employees and family members with free, comprehensive support through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-844-243-4440.
UGA also offers additional support for employees, including:
- Grief Counseling through MetLife (USG life insurance). Call 1-888-319-7819 for more information.
- Kiz Adams/Human Resources, UGA Well-being Coordinator. Email email@example.com or call 706-542-7319.
- The database of mental health professionals in the Athens area can be found here.
UGA Extension Health and Wellness Resources
UGA Cooperative Extension offers actionable resources on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, including a talk on stress and mental well-being by Dean Anna Scheyett of the UGA School of Social Work; ideas for preparing nutritious meals on a budget; and guidance from a K-12 teacher on how to telecommute and support children at home.
UGA Resources for Well-being Spring 2020
No gym? No problem! Follow UGA Recreational Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for at-home workouts, mindful activities, fitness challenges, UGA-themed exercises, and live and pre-recorded group fitness sessions. All members of the University community are invited participate.
Professional Education Portal (PEP)
Professional Education Portal (PEP) is a cutting-edge tool to support your professional development and research-related educational needs at the University of Georgia.
To get started:
- Complete your online profile via the pop-up notification the first time you log in.
- Search for specific courses in the search box at the top right of the page.
- Register by clicking the title of the course and selecting the “Request” button.
- Well-being: Koru Mindfulness and Meditation
- Well-being: Koru 2.0 Mindfulness and Meditation
- Well-being: Sleep Sense
- Faculty Learning Series: Koru Mindfulness and Meditation
- Well-being: The Employee Assistance Program KePro Information Session
- Well-being: Manage Your Stress
UGA Department of Psychology COVID-19 Well-Being Guide
Download this mental health guide written by members of the University of Georgia’s Clinical Psychology Program to provide information and recommendations to members of the UGA and Athens community who are struggling with significant life changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Manage Stress in a Difficult Time
Download this guide by Dr. Ellen House, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychiatric Services, UGA University Health Center, and assistant professor at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership.
National Hotlines and Resources
National Suicide Hotlines 1 (800) 273 8255 http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line – text CONNECT to 741741 http://www.crisistextline.org
National Substance Abuse Helpline 1 (800) 662 HELP (4357)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1 (800) 950 NAMI (6264)
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1 (800) 799 7233
Disaster Distress Helpline 1 (800) 985 5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Greater Good – Positive Psychology https://ggsc.berkeley.edu The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
Massachusetts General https://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/guide-to-mental-health-resources — The Department of Psychiatry has put together a curated set of resources with a particular emphasis on materials that will be of use to providers and those they serve.
Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com Initiates a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
https://www.jedfoundation.org The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
http://jasonfoundation.com Dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
SAMHSA (the national 988 number to call for Suicide & Crisis help): https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988
To Write Love On Her Arms https://twloha.com/learn/vision/To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Support Group Virtual Resources
Regularly updated information on support through Alcoholics Anonymous.
Information on online and telephone meeting options.
Information on meeting options.
Information for finding online meetings.
Information for finding online and telephone meetings
Helpful Mental Health Apps
CBTi Coach (free, for insomnia) https://www.mobile.va.gov/app/cbt-i-coach
Take a Break
Stop, Breathe, & Think
Virtual Hope Box
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