LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2020) — Many University of Kentucky faculty and staff members have experienced an increase in uncertainty and change in 2020. During stressful times, it is important that we find time to prioritize mental health. UK Human Resource’s Work+Life Connections counseling is ready to help.
“Every day we’re moved by the resiliency of UK faculty and staff, but we recognize these are very hard and difficult times for so many in our community. We are here to support you based on your individual needs and aspirations,” said Work+Life Connections therapist Eric Wilkinson.
Five free counseling sessions with a certified or licensed therapist are available via telehealth. Faculty, staff, retirees and their family members are all eligible to utilize this service. Therapists can help with many important issues including mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, isolation, grief, sleep difficulty, trauma, parenting, identity concerns as well as family or relationship issues, challenges at work and alcohol and drug problems. Appointments can be booked on the newly redesigned Work+Life Connections page.
In addition to meeting with a therapist to improve their mental health, UK employees can also attend free self-care or well-being events hosted by UK HR Work-Life. Upcoming events focus on managing uncertainty, parenting and child care, depression, mindfulness and self-compassion, sleep, emotional eating, and elder care support.
One self-care event that brings people together to socialize and support one another is Midday Mingle. This group meets on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Participants do not need to sign up and can simply join via the Zoom link. A full calendar of upcoming events can be viewed here.
UK family members are not alone. Work+Life Connections' community of therapists are available to assist during difficult times, and you can always reach out when you need guidance. For more information about mental health services and events for UK employees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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