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Discover Resources During Mental Health Awareness Month

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May, 26, 2021) — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and provide education about mental health struggles, as well as strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. 

Many University of Kentucky faculty and staff members have recently experienced feelings of change and uncertainty. During stressful times, it is important to find time to prioritize mental health. UK Human Resources' Work+Life Connections therapists are available to help.

Mental health counseling for the entire family is available through Work+Life Connections. Five free counseling sessions with a certified or licensed therapist are currently available via Zoom. Therapists can help with many important mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, isolation, grief, sleep difficulty, trauma, parenting, identity concerns, family or relationship issues, and challenges at work. Appointments can be requested online for your child, partner or yourself on the Work+Life Connections page.

In addition to meeting with a therapist to improve their mental health, UK employees can also attend virtual self-care or well-being events. Upcoming events focus on mindful self-compassion, community connection, support for working parents and elder care support. A full calendar of upcoming events can be viewed here.

UK HR Health & Wellness has certified health coaches who offer consultations to help you improve both physically and emotionally. The health coaches aim to meet you where you are, help you thrive and feel less overwhelmed.

UK employees can also consult with mental health professionals through LiveHealth Online, for a $0 co-pay.

Another mental health resource is the Team Blue Primary Care Clinic, at Kentucky Clinic South, where employees with a UK health insurance plan can make behavioral health appointments with a psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner. Additionally, UK HealthCare is still offering appointments with $0 co-pay through UK TeleCare, which offers convenient virtual consultation with a wide variety of professionals who can help improve your mental and physical well-being.

Supervisors can find suggestions for how to support mental health and respond to concerns by visiting the HR blog.

Mental health resources for undergraduate and graduate students are offered through the UK Counseling Center, which offers a variety of programs and services for students who wish to improve their mental health. 

Remember that you are not alone, and you can always reach out when you need guidance. For more information about mental health services and events for UK employees, please contact worklife@uky.edu. For more information for students, please call the UK Counseling Center at 859-257-8701.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.