Mental Health and Wellness
The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health can't be overstated, and it can be hard to keep safety AND self-care in mind at the same time. Below are resources to help you stay healthy and emotionally well, and to get support for mental health challenges you may be facing.
JOIN AN ORGANIZATION
Students can search DragonLink to find new ways to engage with their fellow students. Drexel University has 300-plus student organizations that are available to interact with online.
Looking to give back to your community? Find a volunteer opportunity that speaks to you via the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement’s database.
TAKE TIME TO UNPLUG AND EXERCISE
Incorporating just 10 minutes of healthy activity into your day can add up to a significant difference in your health, well-being and quality of life. Gather your pod or simply go by yourself. Just be and breathe.
You can take a walk, go for a run, or sign up for a virtual class via Drexel’s Virtual Rec Center. Whatever you do, just get moving! You can also take virtual classes including Core Conditioning, Yoga, and Total Body Bootcamp—30-minute classes can be viewed on the Drexel Rec Center’s YouTube account at any time.
Faculty and professional staff can take advantage of Drexel Human Resources’ Ten at 10 program—participate in activities like Mindful Mondays and Take-a-Hike Tuesdays while earning points toward the Wellness Incentive Program. Drexel HR also offers mental-emotional, financial, and physical wellbeing workshops on a variety of topics. Visit the HR Events Calendar to view upcoming opportunities, including our new “Dragon Dialogue Series,” interactive workshops for faculty and professional staff.
Take time during the week to expand on your cooking skills. Not only will you learn something new, but you just may find a delicious and nutritious new recipe that tastes great and is also great for you. Check out these great cooking tips from Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, on how best to find your creativity in the kitchen. There are also some healthy and delicious recipes designed by Drexel students to try, as well!
TAKE CARE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY
Drexel offers strategies and resources for those employees who are still working from home, including for physical and mental wellness. View these on Drexel’s Human Resources page: Tips and Resources for Working Remotely.
Mental Health Support
Ongoing disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, plus a year's worth of anxiety and the need for continued precautions, are a heavy burden to bear. You may be facing grief, depression, worry, relationship issues, or just plain stress, and in a socially distant world it can feel difficult to connect with other people and ask for support. More than ever, it’s important to seek assistance should you want help navigating emotions and addressing stressors.
Counseling and Therapy
Drexel’s Counseling Center therapists are able to conduct teletherapy using a HIPPA-compliant, confidential Zoom platform to preserve students' privacy. Students who would like to schedule an appointment with a therapist can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.895.1415 (after-hours emergency line: 215.416.3337). Counseling Center staff will also offer virtual workshops and other self-help modules, downloadable at the Center's website.
For anonymous digital peer support, you can reach out to 7Cups.
For a comprehensive list of resources, visit the Office of Counseling and Health Services website.
For faculty, graduate students and professional staff
Drexel's Employee Assistance Program provides access to confidential, 24/7 counseling. This benefit is offered at no cost to benefits-eligible faculty and professional staff, their family members, and Drexel graduate students. Log into the SupportLinc website or use the app. You can also visit the Employee Assistance Program website or call the SupportLinc helpline at 1.888.881.5462 to find out more about these benefits. Additional COVID-19-related resources for faculty and professional staff can be found on Drexel’s Human Resources page: COVID-19 Resources.
Substance Use and Recovery
A collegiate recovery community, the Haven offers a variety of supports for students in recovery or seeking assistance around substance-use issues. Visit phillycollegiaterecovery.com or call 215-282-6686 for a list of their ongoing meetings and virtual events. Faculty and professional staff members who are in recovery or needing support around the issue of substance use should reach out to the EAP if they are in need of additional resources or support.