Updated: February 04, 2021 at 4:48PM
Emotional Support and Well-being
Community is central to Notre Dame’s identity, and an important part of why we’re HERE. Protecting each other is not just a matter of physical well-being. Our ability to cope and manage stress during this time is equally important.
That is all the more challenging because of the current context. The COVID-19 pandemic is taking place as other profound societal and political challenges are being brought to the forefront. These are all significant events and conversations, but their nexus can be overwhelming.
The Emotional Support and Well-being Working Group is identifying challenges to mental health and wellness related to COVID-19 and reopening and fall semester; as well as identifying existing emotional support and wellbeing resources for faculty, staff, and students to address these challenges. Grief, isolation, burnout, vulnerability, discrimination, and more are common responses to the current environment.
By now, we know the steps to take help us maintain physical health: wear a mask, wash our hands, maintain physical distance. There are also behaviors that can help maintain our emotional health: staying connected, taking a break, reaching out, to name a few.
Many of us are feeling anxious as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. As a way to help our students, faculty, and staff the University has partnered with Calm. The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus and rest, offering guided sessions on sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Sign up for a free, premium subscription using your netID email by following these instructions.