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.
The inaugural “Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)” was held in February 2020, led by Purdue Student Government in conjunction with other University groups and organizations, including Human Resources. MHAW continues to be held to create additional avenues to share information and create action-oriented steps for mental health well-being. Additionally, MHAW also:
- Destigmatize the conversation about mental health
- Educate faculty, staff and students on the importance of mental health awareness
- Cultivate a community of care
- Identify areas where we need the most help
- Dedicate time for wellness
- Empower students, staff and faculty with the resources they need to thrive
More information is available here.
Apps and Online Digital Resources – List of resources provided by Counseling & Psychological Services
ColorTherapy – promotes relaxation and mindfulness through social coloring and painting; available for Apple devices.
Make Sure Your Friends Are Okay – online group that is building a community that encourages individuals to have meaningful discussions with those they care about.
myStrength – a no-cost, emotional health and well-being program brought to you by Anthem, Purdue’s medical plan administrator – referred to as a “health club for the mind,” myStrength is an online mental health tool that is available to all employees and dependents.
The Mighty – safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.
The Youth Mental Health Project – website offering parent support, blog, webinar series and more to educate, empower and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of youth.This Is My Brave – mission is to bring stories of mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
American Psychological Association–Psychology Help Centeris a consumer resource with information related to psychological issues that affect daily physical and emotional well-being.
Mental Health America (MHA) – The nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness.
See the Purdue Today article – Mental Health America provides help, assistance in variety of ways – for more information.
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) – NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
See the Purdue Today article – National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support, more in variety of ways – for details.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders; provides much information on mental health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Be Well Indiana – Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has launched a new website, BeWellIndiana.org, that provides Hoosiers with free mental health resources that have been vetted by experts. The site is designed to help with the increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues caused by the pandemic, including both first-time issues as well as pre-existing mental health concerns. The website also provides a link to simple self-assessments, offered through Mental Health America, to help users determine if they could benefit from seeking mental health support. The immediate results provide a quick snapshot of your mental health and are not to be used as a medical diagnosis.
Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak – pdf by the National Center for PTSD and the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Psych Hub –a free digital resource site to help individuals and care providers address behavioral health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Valley Oaks offers weekly, free, virtual support groups for public educators and first responders.
- First Responders’ support group meets 7-8 p.m. ET every Monday (Healthcare, law enforcement and any other professions working to combat the virus.)
- Public Educators’ support group meets from 4-5 p.m. ET every Tuesday (Indiana K-12+ teachers and administrators)
Details are available here.
Employee Assistance Counseling is available at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, and offers confidential and professional counseling and referral services for a wide range of issues. *Note: in this time of need and uncertainty, CHL counselors are available for appointments outside of the normal six-visit limit, without charge.
Regional campuses also have employee assistance programs as does Anthem, Purdue’s medical plan administrator.
- Employee Assistance Program at Purdue Fort Wayne
- Employee Assistance Program at Purdue Northwest
- Anthem’s Employee Assistance Program – Log in to get started at AnthemEAP.com.
Employee Assistance Counseling – see information above
Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics – a part of the College and Health and Human Sciences, the specialty clinics offer assessment and therapeutic services for children, adults and families.
Purdue Today runs a feature article on a mental-health-related topic each Wednesday. Below is a list of the Purdue Today articles that have appeared to date as part of the mental health initiative introduced by Human Resources in October 2020. Feel free to review as needed
- Counseling services available through Purdue University’s Employee Assistance Program
- Behavioral health care options available virtually via LiveHealth Online Psychology, Psychiatry
- Individualized support for mental health offered through myStrength, a digital ‘health club for the mind’
- Mental Health America provides help, assistance in variety of ways
- National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support, more in variety of ways
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential service 24/7/365
- Purdue Extension continues to offer virtual Mental Health First Aid courses in 2021
- Online grief support group returns to assist faculty, staff with loss
- Mental well-being inherently connected to financial wellness
- Annual physicals offer opportunity to discuss behavioral health concerns, needs
- Impact of nutrition on mental health
For members of the Purdue community who have experienced loss.
Led by Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib, professor of counseling psychology
Begins Friday, January 29 at 3 p.m. and will meet at 3 p.m. on Fridays through April 30
No registration is required.
A virtual grief support group
Those interested can join the group virtually on Zoom through the recurring link here. Individuals who join the group are not required to participate in any particular way.
“My professional perspective as a psychologist who specializes in death/dying and grief/loss issues is that groups are the best mode for support,” explained Servaty-Seib. “There is nothing like being in conversation with other grieving people and experiencing a sense of connection when you have been feeling so alone.”
Servaty-Seib also serves as interim associate vice provost of Teaching & Learning (Office of the Provost), the associate dean for student life in the Honors College and leads the University’s grief and loss research team.
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.)
LiveHealth Online Psychology – courtesy of Anthem, Purdue’s medical plan administrator – provides online access to licensed therapists for common behavioral conditions such as grief, coping with illness, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship troubles and more.
LiveHealth Online Psychiatry – courtesy of Anthem, Purdue’s medical plan administrator – provides online access to expert advice, treatment plans and medication if needed by board-certified psychiatrists for issues such as stress, depression, medication concerns, panic attacks and more.