UW Health Resources
If you are experiencing stress related to your clinical work or would like to chat with someone about how the current environment is affecting you, please reach out to any of the CARESTeam members directly or by email at CARESTeam@medicine.wisc.edu.
UW Health Staff & Provider Wellbeing
UW Health resources to help you maintain your mental, emotional and physical resilience.
Behavioral Health Access Line (608) 233-3575
UW Health employees may also call the Behavioral Health Access Line between 8am and 4:30pm (M-F) to request stress management assistance for themselves. Please identify yourself as a UW Health employee when you call. From there, you will be connected with suggested strategies and resources to assist you with stress management.
Finding and taking quiet time for yourself can help you stay grounded and minimize stress in the workplace. Take a few moments in one of UW Health’s designated quiet spaces.
National Public Health
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services SAMHSA offers behavioral health resources for public health emergencies. These fact sheets are available as downloadable PDFs.
University of Wisconsin Resources
Morning Me Time
Zoom with DEM colleagues daily for a live mindfulness & journaling practice from 6:15-6:45 AM every weekday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
DEM Wellness Book Club
For our next Wellness Book Club, we will be reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It holds a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Amazon. Time and date on Zoom to follow. Please RSVP if interested!
Employee Assistance Office
The EAO offers counseling and consultation at no cost to UW-Madison faculty, staff, graduate student employees, significant others, and family members.
The office has also created a guide for managing fears and anxiety related to COVID-19.
Campus employees can receive counseling services for personal and work-related concerns through LifeMatters. These services can be accessed via phone, text, and online 24/7/365.
Call 1-800-634-6433 or text “Hello” to 61295
UW Health employees, including Residents and Fellows password: UWH1
UW Health managers/supervisors password: UWH2
Faculty Physicians and UW Madison employees password: BUCKY1
All on-campus childcare centers are closed until further notice. University employees are encouraged to explore care.com for possible childcare services.
UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds offers helpful tools and guidance for your well-being. Download the Healthy Minds Program app, which can help you learn about the science of well-being from leading experts, build a daily habit of mindfulness through guided practice, and measure your well-being and track progress.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to suggest additional resources.
Staying Healthy and Fit
Tips to get through quarantine and self-isolation.
Go outside. As long as you’re practicing physical distancing, it’s okay to get outside and go for a walk while you listen to your favorite podcast. Wisconsin State Parks and Dane County Parks are open to the public and a great way to find an active adventure close to home. Visit the DNR website to find upcoming parks events.
Stay connected. Reach out to friends, call a family member – maybe even try a workout using FaceTime. We’re all in this together.
Stick to a schedule. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Schedule time for work, hobbies, and meals. Try meal prepping if you’re on a tight schedule.
Dine out at home. Support local restaurants by ordering delivery or pick-up.
Keeping the Family Functioning
Tips and tricks from PBS Wisconsin & Nat Geo Kids.
Virtual field trips. What? You can’t see the British Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Smithsonian, or the Guggenheim? You can stay on your couch to see them among 12 virtual museum tours, reports Travel+Leisure. And here’s an NPR list of virtual concerts that performers are streaming online now that they cannot tour. And Nat Geo’s Rachael Bale has a selection of animal webcams, as well as these zoo and aquarium tours.
Homeschool headache help: Your first thought: “Yay, my kids are safe at home!” Your second thought: “Yikes … How will they learn?” Those conflicting emotions are natural, writes Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh for Nat Geo, who has advice on how to suddenly homeschool kids. (Rule No. 1: Don’t panic—you’ve got this!) Our Family Resource page has more survival tips, and here are resources we give educators that parents can also use.
Keep kids’ brains active: Have children try this fun science experiment using just milk, food coloring, and dishwashing soap. Then check out other experiments, quizzes, animal facts, and homework tips from the Nat Geo Kids website.
PBS Wisconsin Education: thousands of standards-aligned educational modules, lesson plans and interactives on a myriad of topics for students ranging from 2-18.