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.
Meditating and Healing in a Traumatized World
Mushim Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher and writer who leads community engagement at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, Calif. In this Q&A, Ikeda shares how mindfulness meditation can be both inclusive and exclusive, both healing and traumatizing – all depending on people’s lived experiences and how they’re met with care during meditation practice or in their community.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Historical or intergenerational trauma can impact groups of people in both subtle and more acute ways, across generations. It can be helpful to make space for strong emotions by getting curious about them through Insight and by leaning on gratitude. That’s what we’ll be doing in this practice today, as an honor to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Badgers at forefront of mindfulness training in collegiate athletics
Center collaborator Chad McGehee leads UW’s efforts as meditation specialist for student-athletes and staff
Healthy Minds in Practice: Working with Difficult Emotions during the Holidays
This eight-minute practice explores the inner world of our emotions through the lens of curiosity, transforming overwhelming feelings into something that feels more balanced and workable.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Appreciating Friends and Loved Ones
This 10-minute practice guides you through focusing on the positive qualities of your loved ones as a way to feel more connected to them and more appreciative of the impact they have on your life.
Six Ways to Support Children’s Well-Being During the Pandemic
Recently, Center for Healthy Minds faculty Sarah Short and Julie Poehlmann-Tynan shared their expertise for the virtual event The World We Make 2020, discussing the importance of nurturing the development of healthy minds in our children. In this article, we share insights from that discussion.