Wellness tips and resources available to all faculty, staff and learners

April 8, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,
Sidewalk chalk art supports Michigan Medicine team members on the main medical campus.

To all doctors, nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, Environmental Services staff, security personnel, administrators and hundreds of others who are serving patients during this unprecedented time, the entire Michigan Medicine community supports you.

The emotional well-being of our workforce and learners remains a top priority. Connectivity, gratitude, compassion, support and acceptance is needed during this time and Michigan Medicine has several resources to help you cope and adjust to the current situation.

Michigan Medicine resources

Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (OCWR)

If you are struggling or just want to talk with someone, immediate support and information is available from the COVID-19 Stress Resource Team. The team can be reached at 734-763-5409 and counseling@med.umich.edu. Support is confidential, compassionate and at no cost to faculty, staff and house officers.

Employee Support Team

The COVID-19 Employee Support Team is providing support across the institution for all team members, including coordination of food donations. The team is also making care packages that will be distributed to units. If you have any questions please email, VictorsDonation@med.umich.edu. And stay tuned to Headlines for more information regarding the care packages.

Spiritual Care

A multi-faith resource page has been set up to help patients, their families, caregivers and staff. Chaplains and the Spiritual Care staff are available to provide support.


MHealthy offers a collection of resources and programs to support your well-being every day. This page will be regularly updated, so be sure to bookmark it and share it with your U-M colleagues.

University Psychological Clinic

Run by the U-M Mary A. Rackham Institute, this clinic offers counseling and other services to faculty, staff and learners, including medical and graduate students. The clinic can be reached at 734-764-3471.

Michigan Medicine Wellness Office

Click here for a complete look at counseling resources available to Michigan Medicine team members, including faculty, staff and learners.

External resource

Crisis Text Line

Free crisis counseling is available via texting. Text HOME to 741741. Please note, this service is not provided by Michigan Medicine, but is a national hotline founded nearly a decade ago.

Wellness tip of the week

Each week, Headlines will publish a different wellness tip to help during this time of need.

This week’s tip: Be Kind to Yourself.

Everyone is navigating uncharted territory and trying to find balance in their lives. Being kind to yourself is a way to help ease anxiety and build yourself up during this time.

Ways to be kind to yourself:

  • Take 5 minutes to focus on yourself: Take deep breathes, gaze into the sky or even close your eyes. A moment of pause and reflection can provide clarity, release tension and build confidence.
  • Forgive yourself: Feeling frustrated or unfocused? Snapped at someone by accident? Forgive yourself. Many people are operating under tremendous amounts of pressure and patience may be running dry. Try your best to move forward with compassion and empathy for others.
  • Give yourself kudos: It’s extremely hard to feel recognized or appreciated during this time. Know that Michigan Medicine is proud to have you and so are patients, families and the surrounding community. Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!
  • Respect yourself: In order to respect yourself, you have to: respect others, take good care of your body, speak positively about yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
  • Repeat “I got this.”:  Daily affirmations are a great way to shift moods and build confidence.

If you have a tip, let us know by emailing headlines@med.umich.edu

Thank you for all that you do — and for protecting your health and the health of everyone around you at Michigan Medicine.