Mental Health Resources
It has been almost a year and a half since CUNY faculty and staff received the sudden mandate to work remotely. Since then, we have learned new ways of adjusting, prioritizing, compromising, and stressing, yielding an overwhelming strain on our mental wellness. Working remotely has brought challenges in areas of productivity, engagement, communication, physical capability and other daily functions. Here are a few tips that can help you manage some of these challenges:
- Be sure to prioritize your time in taking care of yourself – emotionally, mentally, and physically. However difficult, it is imperative to have a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water, engage in regular physical activity, and getting enough sleep.
- Create “to-do” lists to help you stay organized. This helps reduce the risk of forgetting to get things done.
- Digital Mental Health Resources Flyer
- NY.gov Mental Health tips and other public resources.
- NYC Well is available to all New Yorkers to listen and help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use for you or someone you care for. NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor in more than 200 languages anytime via phone, text, or chat. Text ‘WELL’ to 65173, or call 1-888-NYC-WELL
- ThriveNYC Mental Health for all New Yorkers and other public resources.
- Twitter: You can also follow CUNY Mental Health and Wellness for additional mental health awareness. CUNY Mental Health and Wellness (@cunymhw) / Twitter
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service for you and your family, to help you manage issues affecting your personal and work life. CCA@YourService provides access to a range of support and convenience services: Emotional Well-Being, Health & Wellness, Legal Resources & Consultation, Daily Living & Convenience, and Financial Resources & Consultation. They also have a comprehensive website that offers anytime access to articles and information, and connects you exclusive resources and tools.
Company Code: CUNY
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance use support, information and referrals. You can reach the toll-free help line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat. Behavioral health professionals there can link you to the services you need.
To contact NYC Well, call:
· 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
· 1-888-692-9355 (Español)
· 1-888-692-9355 (繁體中文)
· 711 (TTY for hearing impaired)
You can also reach NYC Well by texting “WELL” to 651-73, or Online Chat.
NYC Well counselors are available 24/7. They can provide bilingual help in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese. Additionally, NYC Well offers translation services in more than 200 languages.
Health insurance is not required. Depending on your phone/text service, you may be charged a fee.
- CUNY Employee Wellness Program
- Elder and Adult Care from EAP
- Employee Perks
- Training and Development
- Tools and Rules for Teleworking: A Guide for Employees
- DC-37 Personal Service Unit
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline
- Coping with Grief After Community Violence
- After a Traumatic Event Common Responses and Coping Strategies
If you have any related questions, please contact Joan Albayrak.
Call the Personal Service Unit: (212) 815-1250
Phone-in hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Why should someone use PSU?
- Job Jeopardy – Problems at work can result in disciplinary action, resulting in a verbal or written warning, charges, or a scheduled hearing. It is to your advantage to contact PSU at the earliest sign of trouble.
- Personal and Family Problems – Other reasons members come to PSU include, but are not limited to, personal and family difficulties, alcohol and substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and major life changes.
- Group counseling – Periodically, the PSU staff provides group counseling for members with similar needs such as:
- Wellness Support Group for members who have emotional and/or health related problems.
Layoff Support Group
Outreach Program – This program assists:
- Members on short-term disability in need of assistance
- Pre-Retirees to prepare for retirement
- Homebound members and retirees
Social Work services at PSU will help you to:
- Identify your problems
- Identify the strengths and resources that you already have
- Identify better ways of coping
- Locate community resources
- Obtain counseling or specialize treatment if necessary
For more information, please visit the DC-37 PSU page.
Did you know that many of our health insurance carrier offer a variety of Wellness resources? Find your health plan below and discover what services are available:
- Emblem Health Plans (includes GHI/COP, HIP-POS and Vytra)
- HIP HMO
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Many of our Health Insurance Carriers are now offering expanded opportunities to speak with medical providers by telephone or video (telemedicine).
- Follow this link to a chart displaying what each carrier is offering their members: Telemedicine Chart
Baruch’s Ombuds office strives to reduce conflict and improve communication. Please let us know how we can help manage this transition with less stress and greater ease. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Here are some suggestions:
- We flourish when we are around friends. Reconnect with friends and colleagues at the College and beyond. Sharing feelings about the transition, and what’s happening during the semester, can create a greater sense of calm.
- Consider forming virtual groups through apps (e.g., Teams, Slack, or WhatsApp) with colleagues in and outside of your department for schmoozing, fun, and workplace tips.
- Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and trauma. No matter your age or physical condition, give it a try. Many websites offer free instruction. Here’s one: Yoga with Adriene.
- Healthy eating, drinking fluids, and getting sufficient sleep improve our well-being. Take breaks and short naps when you can.
- Close your eyes, take slow deep breaths, and relax behind your mask. This will help clear your mind and prepare you for teaching or communicating with others at the College.
- Go outside, breathe fresh air, look at the sky, check out the new plaza.
- Engage in something fun that is non-work or -school related during the day.
- Share suggestions about what works for you with others.
- Take breaks from the news when you can. World news can be overwhelming. Be mindful of your exposure to the news.
- Thank staff often—especially our colleagues in Public Safety and Buildings and Grounds for their frontline service throughout the pandemic and as we re-engage with campus life.
- Give yourself credit for all you are doing for yourself, your family, and Baruch.
Are You Worried About a Student?
College students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. Research shows that depressed and anxious students are more likely to be absent, take semesters off, or drop out of college. As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference.
Through CARES Act funding, CUNY has adopted an online, free, interactive training—At-Risk for Faculty and Staff—to help you notice signs of student distress, use techniques to discuss your concerns, and, if necessary, refer students to appropriate resources. At-Risk for Faculty and Staff lets you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through roleplay with virtual students and helps you build confidence to talk with students you are concerned about. Typical completion time is 30–40 minutes, and your progress across the training is saved so you can complete it in multiple sessions.
To access this simulated training:
- Visit CUNY’s Kognito site
- Log in or create a new account
- Use enrollment key: baruchcaruf
- Launch At-Risk for Faculty and Staff
- Access the presentation slides
Banishing Burnout: How to identify and cope with chronic stress at work
One of the most common goals for many people is to eat healthy! In this webinar rewind, we revisit the basics of nutrition and identify the simplest and most effective strategies for healthy eating. Take a look for guidance in helping you achieve the most healthful nutrition!
How Good Habits Drive Happiness
The science and practice of good life
- View Slides
- View Recording
- View Wellbeing Wheel of Life
- View Wellbeing To Do List
- View Relaxation Exercises
- View References
- Presentation Slides
- WorkWell NYC has many tools to help you find a primary care provider to be your partner in health:
- Please visit nyc.gov/hbp to learn more about employee health benefits and find contact information for your insurance provider, including information on how to set up a telehealth visit.
Help to reach your wellness goals to lose weight, eat healthier, move more, and shift your mindset. Discount pricing is available under a partnership with the City of New York.
- Employer ID – 11612222
- Private Virtual Workshops
- Introducing the new WW Reimagined Program
- Offering Summary
- Stay Healthy Blog
Join WW and get a FREE WW smart scale with your membership!
- Sign up by going to WW.com/us/NYC and get your WW special gift!
WW Special Pricing
City employees have access to a subsidy that reduces the cost of membership by more than 50% off the regular price.*
Since health is a family affair, benefit-eligible dependents (spouses, children 18-26) and retirees can also enjoy discounted pricing.**
Plans and Pricing
A self-guided experience
|Employee Cost: $7/mo.||Employee Cost: $14/mo.|
|Spouse, Dependent, Retiree Cost: $14/mo.||Spouse, Dependent, Retiree Cost: $28/mo.|
* NYC and its unions cover 50% of the cost for benefits-eligible employees. The dollar value of this subsidy will be included as taxable income to the employee. **Spouses and dependents of retirees are not eligible for the subsidy.