Work/Life – Health & Wellness

Well Balanced Monthly Newsletter

September Well-Being Programs

September 2023

Talking About the "S" Word
National Suicide Prevention Week begins with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 and lasts through Saturday September 16th 2023.

One in five adults say that they have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. Yet, it remains a topic that many struggle to talk about openly, and stigma is commonly thought as the reason help is not accessed when emotional support is needed. In addition, many people feel uncomfortable when having difficult or raw conversations in the fear that they may say or do the wrong thing.

Join this session to:

  • Develop a better understanding of suicide and self-harm behaviors and associated risk factors
  • Demystify those challenging topics, and explore ways to tackle taboos
  • Learn to promote preventing strategies and access crisis management tools

Thursday, September 14, 2023 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Employee Appreciation Week 2023
Join us for the week of September 18th through September 23rd for Employee Appreciation Week 2023, focusing on “Well-Being and Well Connected Across UConn.” We invite you to join one or many of the events or activities planned to "celebrate you!"

Emotional Health

The Employee Assistance Program is a confidential worksite based service available to all University faculty, staff and eligible family members. The Program provides professional assessment, brief counseling and/or timely referrals to community resources for multiple issues and concerns including, but not limited to:

  • Job Stress, Relationship Problems, Anxiety / Worry / Depression
  • Parenting and Family Concerns, Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Eldercare / Caregiver Stress, Financial / Debt Counseling
  • Communication Issues, Legal Questions


Employee Resiliency in the COVID-19 Workplace by Deer Oaks EAP – This informational guide provides helpful tips on how to handle stress, deal with change, and remain resilient in difficult times. It includes topics such as: Coping with Job Stress, COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace, and for managers; Managing Through COVID-19: Communicate to Build Trust.

Fitness/Wellness/Work-Life Information

Hawley Armory Fitness and Wellness Center

Connecticut Trail Finder

Mansfield Community Center

Mansfield Hiking Trails and Parks

UConn Cycles - Bike Sharing Program

UConn Recreation

On Demand Fitness Classes

UConn Live Virtual Fitness Classes

Live, virtual classes are available to all UConn employees. Click the picture above to view the programs, schedule and to register for a class using your NetID and password.

If you’re unable to attend a live, virtual class, on-demand classes are also available at the following link:

Walking Trails in Connecticut

Well-Being Events Archive

Health Information

UConn Be Well Newsletter

Student Health Services

UConn Speech & Hearing Clinic

Living Well, Eating Smart

Big Y's Wellness Team provides healthy nutrition and lifestyle information for a better you
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Credible Health Information
Eastern Highlights Health District

A non-profit organization preventing illness and promoting wellness from communities in Eastern Connecticut
American Diabetes Association

CVS Caremark
Medication planning in the event of an emergency
Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years

American Lung Association

Well-Being Events Archive

Mental Health & Addiction Resources

Opioid Epidemic
April 1, 2019 - Governor Lamont Announces New Statewide Efforts to Confront Opioid Addiction and Save Lives.

“Our objective is to send a message of hope – that treatment options are available, and Connecticut cares about those suffering, their families, and the communities who are battling this epidemic,” DMHAS Commissioner Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon said. “We are working hard every day to ensure individuals have the support and care needed to overcome this deadly disease and to let them know that recovery is possible.”

The CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services LiveLOUD campaign offers support, encourages treatment and education on treatment options, directed to those who are actively using heroin or misusing prescription opioids, their families and communities. learn more...

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
For 24/7, free, confidential support, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Smoking Cessation Programs and Resources

Work/Life Events Archive