Who can help?
The university recognizes that employees and family members may be dealing with today’s stresses. MySupport counselors are available to faculty, staff, and their household family members at 443-997-7000, option #2, 24/7/365 to assist with emotional support and daily life assistance.
Election season can be stressful. And this time it comes as we’re also dealing with COVID-19, racial tensions, issues around children’s schooling, job and financial security and more. Is it any wonder people’s emotions are running high?
If you’re feeling anxious, angry, sad or depressed, you’re not alone. But you can take action to help yourself. You may not be able to control the larger issues going on around you. but you can control you. Remember:
- You can control your reactions: You can’t fix every problem or react to every stressor with the same level of emotion. That will simply wear you out. Turn yourself down a few notches to keep your reactions from overwhelming you.
- You can control your actions. Get more exercise. Keep a regular eating and sleeping schedule. Make time to connect with friend and family every day. Limit the TV news if that gets you worked up. Get involved as a volunteer to help others. Remember to be grateful for the good people and things in your life.
- You can reach out for help. You can call mySupport anytime, any day for more ways to cope and for in-the-moment support.
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What resources are available to me, my family, my co-workers, and my team?
- Coping and Thriving Webinar Series: Click here to discover upcoming webinars to help you to cope and adjust to these overwhelming and difficult times.
- MyStrength App. Click here to access the myStrength portal using one of the following access codes: JHHS or JHU. This app has a mood tracker and evidence-based modules for mood and anxiety management. There is also a module available on releasing fear.
- Additional Resources.
- 2020 Election Sanity Guide: Click here for a guide that will help you stay sane and engaged during the 2020 US Elections, without burning out. There’s something for everyone in this resource.
- Eight Questions that can help you survive election stress: Click here to get tips on how to stay grounded during the 2020 US Election.
How can I get emotional support for myself or a family member immediately?
To receive emotional support in the moment, call 443-997-7000, press option #2. You will be connected to a clinician in the moment, who will provide free, confidential, emotional support, and can help you to identify resources and next steps.
What if I am a manager concerned about a member of my team or my whole team related to race and emotional well-being?
Click here for more information on consulting with a mySupport OnSite clinician, referring employees to mySupport directly, making a referral, informal referrals, and crisis response services.