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: Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Having a sense of resilience can help us find calm and perspective in even the most challenging situations. This 10-minute practice calms the mind and helps us tap into our inner resilience.
As schoolchildren in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley encountered ideas from the Center's Kindness Curriculum, teachers and parents noticed that one kind act begets another.
How appreciating basic goodness can help us get through this pandemic
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson shares research-backed insights on how to appreciate basic goodness in order to help us get through this pandemic.
Art and Tibetan Medicine during Stressful Times
Tawni Tidwell, Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center recently collaborated with The Rubin Museum on their Rubin Daily Offering, which provides art, ideas and practices to help us achieve greater balance at a moment of considerable upheaval.
Supporting well-being for healthcare workers
How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting health professionals personally and their ability to connect with patients? A recent webinar featuring Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson reflects on this topic. Additional resources for healthcare workers are also shared.