Thank you for all you give to students and the profession. We recognize this meaningful work is not always easy. A holistic approach to wellbeing can help with health, purpose, and connection. On this page, you will find ways to care for yourself including email lists and university programs, such as the wellbeing program, the employee assistance program, as well as some programs outside of the university. Also included on this page are some resources to use when you are working with students.
You may want to start with a self-care assessment to identify self-care goals and strategies.
University Resources for Advisors and Students:
- From the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing:
- Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing: Take a wellbeing assessment, sign up for a weekly newsletter, set goals, and learn more about some holistic practices
- Stress busters: Join colleagues/friends/strangers for an hour of meditation and light movement: Mayo Meditation Space; Tuesdays from Noon to 1
- Sign up for the de-stress mailing list: You will receive the de-stress "focus of the week," a discussion of one aspect of mental wellbeing and practical tips to work on, as well as fun and relaxing events around the Twin Cities. It's an easy way to stay connected and remind yourself to take a break every now and then!
- Participate in the UMN Twin Cities Mental Health, Well-Being, & Resilience Learning Community made up of faculty, staff, and students who are interested in mental health, well-being, and resilience.
- PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress): Sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community
- Massage Therapy through Recreation and Wellness
- Free yoga and tai chi classes offered through Boynton Health
Additional Resources for Advisors:
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The EAP provides referral services to area services, including mental health professionals
- Wellbeing Program (health insurance): The wellbeing program supports all aspects of wellbeing, and you can earn points towards substantial savings on your UPlan premiums. Examples might include phone coaching to help decrease stress or taking a class on cooking for wellness
Additional Resources for Students:
- Boynton Health Stress Check-in: Stress Check-ins provide an opportunity for support to talk through stress in life, come up with solutions, and to connect with campus resources. Stress Check-ins take place on all three campuses.
- Effective U: Skills for academic and personal well-being
- Nutrition Collaborative: The collaborative will show students ways to eat healthy—even on a student budget. SNAC is a group of junior, senior and graduate nutrition students.
- Nutritious U:Provides fresh and healthy food to students that struggle to get enough to eat.
- Sexual health: Trained student coordinators offer resources for good sexual health. Students learn how to make sexual relationships positive, healthy and safe.
- Recovery on Campus: Recovery on Campus (ROC) is a community of students in recovery from drug and alcohol use joined by friends who are allies in that journey. ROC helps students feel like they belong to a vibrant college social scene without the drinking or drugs.
- Student mental health information and resources
- Let's Talk: Drop-in consultations facilitated by counselors who can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions, and give information about other resources
- Student groups, such as Mindfulness for Students
- Crisis Resources: U of M Crisis Line: 612-301-4673 or U of M Textline: text "UMN" to 61222
- Student Advocate Services: Advocates provide assistance to students who have been accused of or charged with violating the Student Conduct Code, University Housing policy, or other academic or conduct policies.
- Don’t forget about classes! Examples include: FSOS 1301, Cash or Credit; PUBH courses (such as Success over Stress, Sexuality Matters, etc); CSPH courses; PE courses.
- Additional resources for students like the Student Parent Help Center or the Student Conflict Resolution Center are posted to the resource page.
Resources for Advisors in their Support of Students
- Consider contacting campus partners: This is not an all-inclusive list, but you can contact these partners while in an appointment, as you are preparing for an appointments, or afterwards.
- Aurora Center - 612-626-9111 - email@example.com
- Care Program - 612-625-2517 or 612-626-3030 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Care Program Online Referral Form
- Disability Resource Center - 612-626-1333 - email@example.com
- Gender & Sexualty Center for Queer and Trans Life- 612-625-0537 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) - email@example.com
- International Student Success Services (ISSS) - 612-626-7100 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Academic Success Services (SASS) - 612-624-3323 - email@example.com
- Student Counseling Center (SCS) - 612-624-3323 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supporting students in a tense political climate: In this video, you will receive four tips for how to support students who may be struggling due to current political events. Additional resources to support your navigation of students through campus climate are posted to the resource page.
- Mental health information and resources for advisors supporting students
- Tips for recognizing and responding to students experiencing distress
Resources outside of the University:
- The website, Mindful, provides articles and tips for living a more mindful life. A subscription is available
- The Greater Good Science Center, out of UC Berkeley, has a newsletter and daily subscription
- UW-Madison hosts the Center for Healthy Minds
- The Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education is a multidisciplinary association of higher education professionals, faculty, and researchers