Staff Support Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging in so many ways – personally, professionally, emotionally, mentally and physically. Yet even in more typical times, staff may find themselves in need of support services.
Below, find a collection of resources available to UCCS staff members specifically related to emotional and mental wellbeing.
UCCS has partnered with SilverCloud, a clinically-proven online platform with programs to help you reduce symptoms of stress, improve your sleep and build resilience. You may sign up for these trainings for free and take them anytime.
In addition, the National Institute for Human Resilience (NIHR) is offering a support call in center for faculty and staff at UCCS struggling with the current pandemic crisis. The support line will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Trained volunteers are all clinical psychology graduate students and include a doctoral level psychological intern from the Wellness Center. This is not meant as a crisis line, but instead as a supportive opportunity to talk about:
- What’s been happening
- Get some advice on wellness, resilience, and coping
- Learn about resources to make things easier
The phone number for faculty and staff to reach a support volunteer is (719) 315-5870.
Free online resilience training is also open to anyone who wants to build their resilience and offer support to their friends and family. Head to the GRIT website for more information and to sign up.
UCCS faculty and staff may schedule mental health counseling sessions at no cost through the UCCS HealthCircle Primary Care Clinic at the Lane Center. These visits are offered on campus, virtually or off campus on a first-come, first served basis. Thanks to funding by the CU system, employees who schedule sessions will have access to a licensed professional counselor or a licensed clinical social work. Call (719) 255-8001 to schedule a session.
Psychology Today is a website you can use to find psychotherapy and psychiatric services compatible with UCCS health insurance plans. It has many filter options in its search bar, which makes it a very versatile and helpful website for everyone who is looking for services. Use the filter options to narrow down your location, insurance type, treatment philosophy and more.
Non-Clinical Case Management
Non-clinical case management services are available free-of-charge to students, staff and faculty of UCCS. The Case Manager can be found in the Health Services offices of the Recreation and Wellness Center.
Case Management is designed to facilitate the connection to needed resources and referrals, both on and off-campus. Common services provided by Case Management include assistance with completing applications for SNAP, Medicaid, or other benefits; assistance in navigating health insurance and/or determining benefits; assistance finding a mental health or other provider in the community, or providing other referrals as needed.
To learn more about Case Management or to schedule an appointment, please contact Mikaela Toni, MSW, Case Manager, Wellness Center.
Finding Group Support
Offered through the National Institute for Human Resilience and the Veterans Health and Truman Clinic, the Traumatic Loss and Grief Support Group group is for UCCS employees. It is offered every second Wednesday of the month from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Register by calling (719) 255-8003. For more information, email Lisa Decker in the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic.
Talking Space: “One More Thing” is a collaborative support initiative faculty and staff. There are a lot of “one more thing”s associated with our new everyday. There are changes, unknowns, limitations, frustrations, burdens...and then there are losses, fears, anxieties, sadness. Through this new touchpoint, the group hopes to create a sense of a closer community, support, and belonging. The group meets biweekly on Tuesdays between 9:30 – 11 a.m. If you have questions, need the TEAMS meeting link, or if you would like us to cover specific topics, please don’t hesitate to contact Alex Ilyasova and Benek Altayli.
If You or a Loved One are in Crisis
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention is a center in Colorado Springs which has a number of services for suicide prevention and postvention. Visit their website to see services they offer and how to get ahold of them.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available by phone at 800-273-8255. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate assistance at any time, these three options are available through the AspenPointe Walk-in Crisis Center:
- You can call 844-493-TALK (8255);
- Text TALK to 38255;
- Or, walk into one of the two facilities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.