Return to Campus — IU Employee Well-Being Resources
As IU transitions back to mostly normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester, resources are available for employees’ mental and physical health, well-being, and safety. Register for live webinars, take advantage of on-demand webinars or LinkedIn Learning courses, and find resources like nutrition counseling and websites with information to help with the transition.
For the latest IU health and safety guidance, visit covid.iu.edu.
The information below will be updated as new resources arise.
Upcoming Live Programs
Talking about Mental Health: Mental Health in the Workplace
Friday, September 10
Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)
1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental health concern every single year. While emotional distress is not always a sign of mental illness, it can still take a major toll on employee wellbeing – not to mention productivity. In the end, everyone suffers when emotional distress and mental illness are left unaddressed in the workplace. Fortunately, employees and organizations can take steps to create a supportive environment, or what is often referred to as a psychologically healthy workplace. Taking these basic steps not only helps employees in distress and connects them to care – it increases employee resilience and engagement, as well as productivity.
Stress Management During the Pandemic and Beyond
Friday, September 24
Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)
The outbreak of COVID-19 has been stressful and disruptive for everyone. Fear and anxiety about a pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in you, your family members and your coworkers. Learning to cope with this stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger. In this seminar, participants will gain a greater understanding of the impact of stress and learn healthy habits and coping skills to improve productivity and overall quality of life.
Self Care in the Face of Trauma
Friday, October 8
1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-1:00 p.m. (CT)
The impact of trauma is inherently profound and intrinsic and effects a person’s core sense of safety and security. While standard stress management and mental health wellness techniques are excellent resources, they, often, do not address trauma’s impact on one’s sense of reality and the perceived need to focus on keeping oneself safe. This session does not intend to provide a therapeutic experience but, rather, gives participants a context to develop an awareness of their emotional status in response of both acute and chronic trauma experiences and to give them tools and resources to move forward in a healthy and effective way.
Coping with Grief
Friday, October 22
1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-1:00 p.m. (CT)
Grief doesn’t only apply to experiencing a death loss of a family member, friend, or coworker. This seminar addresses the many types of loss we can experience, the grieving process, and what happens when the process is interrupted, delayed, or complicated. It also provides tips for coping with grief as well as available resources, including your Employee Assistance Program.
Mid-Day Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions
2 Options Available!
12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30-Noon (CT)
Live online at https://iu.zoom.us/j/4827247576
Facilitator: Leslie Flowers
These sessions practice the relaxation tools of conscious breathing, meditation, and chair yoga. Offered by the IU School of Dentistry and open to all!
Thursdays, August 26-December 2 (skipping November 25)
12:15-12:45 p.m. (ET) / 11:15–11:45 a.m. (CT)
Live online at https://iu-baa.zoom.us/j/99813946997?pwd=SWdnYkQreXNiKzBpejd1WWlNeFhnZz09
Facilitator: Linda F. Brown, PhD, HSPP
Click here to add these sessions to your Outlook calendar.
You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practices live online. This is offered on a drop-in basis; you are invited to attend whenever it fits your needs and/or circumstances—no advance notice required. We hope you will benefit from this 30-minute span of stillness to relax and refocus in the midst of your workday. Participants are muted during the session; we encourage you to have cameras on to create a sense of community.
Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Teens Through Big and Small Challenges
- Tuesday, September 7, 12:15 p.m. (ET)
- Tuesday, September 14, 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Whether your teen experiences just a little bit of fear or a lot of big anxiety, it can feel overwhelming to know what to do to help. This 2-session series will share practical tips on how to help your teen with all types of worry and anxiety, with specific emphasis on how to talk through those anxious moments. Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP
Mindful Parenting: How to Practice Mindfulness with Kids and Teens
Thursdays, September 23-October 14
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET) / 10:30-11:30 a.m. (CT)
Learn simple, age-appropriate every day ways to practice being mindful with your children. Mindfulness is the ability to notice what is happening in the present moment, and practicing mindfulness with kids helps develop skills of emotional and behavioral self-regulation and increases focused attention. Join Nellie Springston, M.Ed. Founder of Calma (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve) as she shares research-based strategies with you to practice with your kids.
The first two sessions of this series will focus on elementary-aged children. The last two sessions will focus on teens.
Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston, M.Ed.
5 Things Stressing Your Kids Out this Back-to-School Season . . . and How You Can Help Them
Wednesday, September 29
1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-1:00 p.m. (CT)
Back-to-school 2021 has shaped up to be even more stressful than parents or kids could have imagined. From K-12, your kids are dealing with a lot, even if they’re not talking about it. The good news? With the right tools, your kids can do more than manage . . . they can thrive! Join Dr. Michele Borba, renowned educational psychologist and best-selling author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine as she shares what’s really on your kids’ minds and helps you help them.
This webinar is presented by IU partner Care.com.
Depression and Loss through The Teen Lens: Parenting Strategies for Better Tomorrows
- Tuesday, October 5, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
- Tuesday, October 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
- Tuesday, November 2, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
This past year has been one that has been filled with lots of loss, especially for many of our teens. For some, this may be the first experience with grief, which can seem really hard to navigate. This three-part series will share parenting strategies to help better understand the lens of teen grief, what is looks like, and how to help. We will explore specific signs for depression and suicide and when further intervention is needed. Join us to learn all about teen depression, loss, and grief. This 3-session workshop is a complement to the Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Through Big and Small Changes workshop.
Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP
Workplace Health and Safety
- Talking about Mental Health: Mental Health in the Workplace (On-Demand Webinar): While emotional distress is not always a sign of mental illness, it can still take a major toll on employee wellbeing. Fortunately, employees and organizations can take steps to create a supportive environment.
- Ask Aaron: Each week, students, faculty and staff from every IU campus can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by an expert, Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., Professor of Pediatrics, and one of the leaders of IU’s COVID-19 response team.
- covid.iu.edu: Information about mitigation testing, COVID-19 vaccines, contact tracing, health & safety guidelines, and more.
Personal Well-Being During Times of Change
- Self-Compassion (On-Demand Webinar): Research shows that people who adopt self-compassion practices have less depression and anxiety and are more likely to experience positive mind states like happiness and life satisfaction. This session will explore what self-compassion means and offer some simple ways to offer it to yourself.
- The New Normal: Life After COVID-19 (On-Demand Webinar): We all know that life won’t be quite the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this seminar, we will use lessons we’ve learned from past crises to prepare for the post-pandemic world.
- Shifting Your Mindset: Maintaining Healthy Habits (On-Demand Webinar): Science tells us that if you think differently, you'll act differently. During this webinar we will walk you through how a helpful mindset is important to overall wellness and sustaining behavior changes.
- The Importance of Empathy (On-Demand Webinar): Kelsey Crowe offers resilience building strategies and takes us through a vigorous “empathy workout” that will help you learn how to support the people you care about most.
- Grief & Loss During Times of Uncertainty (On-Demand Webinar): This year has exposed us all to a myriad of losses, large and small. This session will discuss these topics, the impact grief can have on our lives and our well-being, and possible ways to cope.
- SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program: A confidential resource that provides 24/7 access to professional counseling and referrals. SupportLinc’s licensed counselors can provide short-term assistance with issues such as grief and loss, substance abuse, relationship problems, depression, work pressures, stress and anxiety, and other mental/emotional health concerns. Services are provided at no cost to benefit eligible employees, IU Residents, Graduate Appointees, Fellowship Recipients, and their household members.
- Mental Well-being Resources: Guided meditation recordings, online programs, and resources for support.
- Healthy IU Wellness Resources: Mind and body are connected! Caring for the physical dimension of wellness can have a positive impact on the mental/emotional dimension. Check out resources on:
Parenting and Caregiving
- Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver (On-Demand Webinar): Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? Don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself too.
- Body, Mind, Soul: Build a Caregiver Wellness Plan (On-Demand Webinar): Led by corporate gerontologist and caregiving author Sherri Snelling, this webinar provides seven simple, quick ways that caregivers can achieve optimal wellness
- Caregiver Technology: Gadgets, Apps, and More (On-Demand Webinar): There is a wealth of technology products and services available to help caregivers care for aging loved ones. Take a tech tour to see what products, apps, and gadgets are available, where to find them, and how much they cost.
- Care Resource Center: Access archived webinars and podcasts on a variety of parenting, caregiving, and wellness topics from IU partner Care.com.
Navigating Change in the Workplace
- Having Difficult Conversations (LinkedIn Learning Course): Conflict is inevitable—in work and in life. In this course, Marlene Chism explains how to have difficult conversations, build your communication skills, and improve your relationships, teamwork, and business performance.
- Managing Anxiety in the Workplace (LinkedIn Learning Course): We all get anxious at times. But what do you do when anxiety is disrupting your job? This course provides resources to help you manage your anxiety and be more effective and successful at work.
- Enhance Productivity in a Hybrid Work Environment (LinkedIn Learning Course): Learn how to revamp your productivity style to help you stay on task when switching between locations. Discover how to rethink your physical spaces so that they are mirrored at home and at work, as well as how to prepare both your regular and home office for productivity whenever you're working there.
Tools for People Leaders
- How to Support Your Employees’ Well-Being (LinkedIn Learning Course): When your employees are struggling with burnout, stress, work-life imbalance, and other life challenges that may impact their performance and productivity, how can you support them? In this course, UK-based instructor Amy Brann provides specific tools based on brain science to help you be a source of strength and support for your employees.
- Dealing with Grief, Loss, and Change as an Employee (LinkedIn Learning Course): What makes grief, loss, and change so challenging is the difficulty we have experiencing and expressing unpleasant feelings. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic downtown, and related challenges have brought these feelings into the workplace. As an employee, it can be difficult to balance grief and loss with professional responsibilities, especially since many organizations don't have a script for handling these situations. This timely course from Joan Rosenberg, PhD, is a strategic and practical guide to building core emotional strength, reducing anxiety, and developing the confidence needed to navigate grief, loss and change.
- Daniel Pink on Motivation (LinkedIn Learning Course): The central task of leaders and managers is to help their people perform at their best and contribute the most. In this course, join #1 New York Times best-selling author Daniel Pink as he shares science-backed methods for effectively motivating others.
- Having Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Managers (LinkedIn Learning Course): While inevitable, difficult conversations can be one of the most challenging parts of a manager’s job. In this course, instructor Marlene Chism walks you through how to minimize emotional upset and conduct challenging conversations to achieve the best outcome for all parties.
- Planning for Your Hybrid Organization (LinkedIn Learning Course): Chances are that some type of hybrid work model is in your future—but what will it look like and how will you get there? In this course, instructor Kevin Eikenberry outlines six different hybrid work models and shows you how to determine which type of remote work model will be best for you.
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