Support is available to help you cope and manage your mental well-being. Resources range from one-on-one counseling, psychiatry services, mindfulness programs, webinars, tools and app’s. Find the care you need. You are not alone – reach out for help and care when you need it.

Mental Health Care

Work-Life Solutions – Employee Assistance Program

Work-Life Solutions, powered by Guidance Resources, the university’s employee assistance program offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. As a part of their services, counselors can help you or your family members address personal challenges including:

  • Anxiety, depression, stress
  • Grief, loss and life adjustments
  • Relationship/marital conflicts

Employees receive five counseling sessions per issue free of charge.

Call 844-365-4587 to access a Guidance Resources Consultant, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources. You can also log on to GuidanceResources.com to consult articles, podcasts, videos and other helpful tools. (When registering on the site, enter WASHU as the Web ID.)

COVID-19 Tool kit from Guidance Resources

For information on more resources available through Work-Life Solutions, visit the Work-Life Solutions (EAP) page.


WU Psychiatry – Affordable Mental Health Care for Employees and Their Children

To support the University community, the Washington University Psychiatry service offers convenient, affordable, evidence-based mental health care for employees and their children. Learn more about WU Psychiatry services. Call (314) 286-1700 to make an appointment.


UnitedHealthcare Behavioral Health Benefit

UnitedHealthcare members can access 24/7 support for a range of needs, including counseling, medication management and substance abuse recovery services. Your Behavioral Health benefit provides confidential help for those everyday challenges and for more serious problems.

Call member services 24/7 at (800) 382-2599 or log into myuhc.com and follow these steps:

  1. Select: “Find a Doctor”
  2. Select: “Mental Health Directory”
  3. Select: “People”

Or if you prefer to connect with a provider from the comfort of your home at a time that is convenient for you, you can schedule a mental health virtual visit. Continue on after selecting “People”:

  1. Select: “Provider Type”
  2. Select: “Telemental Health Providers”

More Mental Health Resources

There are many app’s, online support groups, mindfulness resources and other helpful links to help you cope through challenges. Find what works for you to help you find the peace, joy, hope and support you need.

Employee Wellness program

Practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction and becoming aware of habitual reactions to tough situations can help in preventing distress that could lead to serious health conditions, including depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Developing a daily stress-reducing practice can help you experience better emotional control, improved concentration, and a greater sense of ease throughout the day. Learn about more employee programming available through Wellness Connection, the employee wellness program.

Care and Connection Toolkit

Send gratitude, hope, care and messages of support to colleagues. Find sample messages, templates and ways to spread hope in our community – to those on the front lines and across the university.

View the toolkit

Sanvello Mobile App

Download the Sanvello mobile app for help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Learn more (video)

PsychHub Videos

Dig deeper into mental health topics that are important to you with these short videos from PsychHub. Watch the videos here.

Talkspace

Message a dedicated therapist anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Therapists respond daily, five days a week. Schedule live video sessions, when needed. Your cost will reflect the behavioral health office visit benefit according to the plan you are on.  You may use your FSA or HSA money to assist in paying your portion. Learn more at talkspace.com/connect.

Sign in to the Demo for an overview of the member experience, highlighting differentiating features of the Talkspace platform and services.
Password: onlinetherapy

App’s for Self-Care

  • Calm is a great app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. It has simple meditation tools that can make you feel relaxed, calm and peaceful. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Calm is also available in a web version at calm.com.
  • Headspace is great app that makes meditation simple. It teaches people the life changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes to help people stress less and focus more and even sleep better. Headspace now offers free premium access through 2020 for healthcare providers, sign up with your individual NPI at https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19. If you don’t have an NPI, you can request free access using the Form
  • Simple Habit is offering a new, free medication collections designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Topics include self-care, easing fear, mindful communication with family, and guided yoga. Listen for free here. It is also offering free premium memberships to all individuals until the end of April 2020. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
  • Muse is offering a ‘Stress Less” collection of 20 guided meditations by world-renowned practitioners for free within the app. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store

Helping Our Own – #WashUTogether

Faculty and staff from Psychiatry, the Department of Medicine, Human Resources, the Brown School of Social Work and Habif Health and Wellness work together to ensure our mental health support meets the needs of our community.