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CALS Wellness Committee tip: Recap of campus mental health resources in honor of World Mental Health Day

This past Saturday, October 10 marked World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. Now more than ever it is important to take care of our mental health. Your CALS Wellness Committee uses the seven Dimensions of Wellness to focus our efforts on. The seven Dimensions of Wellness are: physical, emotional, environment, social and cultural, financial, spiritual, and career and academic.

Below are some resources we have shared in the past and felt they should be shared again.

University Health Services (UHS) has put together a 3-page resource guide for faculty and staff containing tips for recognizing, responding, or referring students who may be exhibiting behaviors of concern. Additionally, UHS has an entire web page devoted to keeping faculty and staff aware of resources available when faculty and staff notice students who may be struggling, or experiencing issues and concerns affecting a student’s performance, interactions, or functioning.

Additionally, the Employee Assistance Office (EAO) offers services including personal counseling, workplace consultation, and well-being coaching and training. Faculty and staff may visit the EAO website at https://hr.wisc.edu/employee-assistance-office/.  The EAO also partners with LifeMatters, which is another confidential resource for assistance. LifeMatters provides 24/7/365 phone coverage and statewide access to confidential counseling and consultation near your workplace. LifeMatters can be reached by phone at 1-800-634-6433 or on their website at www.mylifematters.com.