In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, the Johns Hopkins Office of Benefits & Worklife has organized a series of webinars and resources to support our individual and collective journey to mental health.
How to Support Your Own Mental Health and Take Care of Others, May 18, noon
Nearly 20% of adults in America experienced mental illness in 2019, and now, with the uncertainty and change that's occurred since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, mental health concerns are taking center stage. Chances are, in varying degrees, you or someone you love needs mental health support right now. Join BurnAlong mental health experts for a discussion on how you can take care of your own mental health and how you can support the mental health of your friends and family. Register here.
Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace, May 19, noon
You spend a lot of time working with your colleagues. Do you know what to do when a co-worker appears to be struggling or seems to have a mental health issue? You don't have to be a trained therapist to make a difference. Register here to join a mySupport employee assistance program clinician in this webinar to learn:
- Mental health statistics in the workplace
- Tools to help someone with a mental health issue
- How to have hard conversations
- Ways to offer support
Roadmap to Healing: Visual Journaling for a Better Mental Health, May 20, noon
Join mySupport clinician Rachel Liccardo as she leads attendees through a visual journaling exercise to learn new ways to reduce stress, and to help open up about experiences and emotions. You will need a piece of paper and a writing instrument. If you enjoy arts and crafts, feel free to use supplies to make a colorful visual. Artistic ability is not a requirement of this session. Register here.
MySupport employee assistance program
Make your mental well-being a priority. Johns Hopkins' employee assistance program, mySupport, is available 24/7, 365 days a year, for you and your household family members and children living away from home up to age 26. Call mySupport at 443-997-7000, option 2, for free, confidential help and referrals for any emotional or mental health concerns you may have.
JHU medical plans
If you participate in any of the university's medical plans, you have coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse visits. For details, see page 6 of the 2022 Faculty and Staff Medical Plan Coverage Comparison Chart.
JHU wellness programs
The university offers additional ways to support your mental health through free virtual fitness classes with BurnAlong, discounted membership through WW, and free access to the Calm app.
Cancer support groups
Join a caregiver support group if you have a loved one managing cancer, or join an employee support group if you are going through cancer treatment yourself. Easing the stress of a diagnosis in a group setting and with individual support from Johns Hopkins' Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work program can strengthen your mental health.
Johns Hopkins experts
Johns Hopkins Hospital is ranked #1 in the nation for psychiatry, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020–21 Best Hospitals. Visit the home page of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to find advice from three of its experts: Neda Gould, on mindfulness-based stress reduction; Karen Swartz, on coping with stress and isolation during COVID-19; and Hal Kronsberg, on how stress and anxiety manifest in children.