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: 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.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Giving and Receiving Love
Love is a powerful emotion. It can be an anchor to keep us grounded and a tie that keeps us connected to others. In this 12 minute practice, we’ll celebrate love and invite more of it into our lives.
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.