COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources
We are thinking about you and others in our global community during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you are staying safe. This toolkit has a list of resources to support well-being during this trying time.
If you are concerned for your physical safety, please visit the CDC's website if you're in the United States and the World Health Organization's website if you're outside of the United States. If you're experiencing a mental health crisis and are in the United States, please call the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24 hour helpline at 1-800-950-6264.
COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race — disease does not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. If you are a member of the UW–Madison community and experience harassment or discrimination, you are encouraged to file a bias incident report (for students) or a complaint with the Office of Compliance (for employees).
Resources for Specific Communities
Resources for Families, Kids and College Students
Awareness Practice for Kids
In this practice, lead by Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson, kids can learn a technique to cultivate their attention through being aware of their senses.
Finger Tracing Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Chad McGehee shares a mindfulness-based practice to help kids calm the mind.
Being Mindful During a 'Thought Parade'
McGehee shares strategies for young adults on how to relate to our flurry of thoughts with a more mindful attitude.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Pride In Who We Are
All the parts of our identities make us unique and different. In this 10-minute practice, we'll consider how they can be a source of growth, connection and strength.
Healthy Minds app provides relief from pandemic stress
The Healthy Minds Program was featured by UW–Madison as an example of how university and affiliated organizations power the state’s economy through research and innovation, educates the next generation and reaches out to Wisconsinites to improve their lives.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Reconnect to the World
In this 10 minute practice, we reflect on learnings and wisdom we have gained over the past year and how to intentionally carry that forward as we begin to reconnect with the world around us.
Healthy Minds in Practice: A New Beginning
In this 10 minute practice, we reflect on challenging times and carry lessons learned forward for a new beginning this spring.
Giving Gratitude and Receiving Resilience Guided Meditation
This meditation, hosted by Loka Director Dekila Chungyalpa, practices Tonglen with Nature on how to give gratitude and receive resilience in the natural world.
Students Find Strength in Uncertainty, with Boost from UW Flourishing Course
Nearly 150 UW–Madison students took part in a new kind of class that focused not on traditional subjects like chemistry or literature, but rather their own minds. The Art and Science of Human Flourishing was designed with first-year students in mind and many students experienced personal growth from life’s setbacks and a renewed sense of meaning in their lives.