COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources

This list of online wellbeing resources for VMBS faculty and staff will be updated monthly during the COVID-19 pandemic (Dr. Nance T. Algert, Dr. Carla Liau-Hing Yep, & Kendra Fletcher).

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+ Wellbeing Tips

Some of our veterinary colleagues from around the world have shared personal and professional “Tips” that they have found useful during this time of COVID-19. We share some of these practices below and we ask that you then share practices that you have been using to support yourself, your friends and family, colleagues, and your work environment. Take what is useful for you and your circumstances.

Please send your practices to Dr. Nance Algert at and we will keep adding to the list during the monthly wellbeing updates.

June 7, 2020: Useful Practices for Home, Work, or Both: 

  1. Start a conversation by asking everyone in your group/family to list one word to describe what is going through their mind and how they are feeling.
  2. Let others be in “their space”; do not preach or prescribe “correct coping behavior”.
  3. Let your person (e.g. grandparent, friend, colleague) read bedtime stories to your child.
  4. Drop off no contact baked goods to people that you want to know you are thinking about them
    and/or you appreciate them.
  5. Reach out to people as they cross your mind; this can be via text, email, letter, phone call, etc.
  6. Engage in social awareness with our online/virtual environment.
  7. Engage in civil behavior with our online/virtual environment.
  8. Assess, reassess, and check-in with yourself.
  9. Engage in learning from others, understanding that what is a best practice for you may not be possible or best or another.
  10. Share your burdens – this helps us to not burnout or function as a martyr and helps u stay off Karpman’s Drama Triangle.
  11. Be intentional about checking in with your team on a regular basis.
  12. Engage with friends, family, or team in something safe, fun, and accessible like on-line games (bingo, trivia, etc.).
  13. Create a mental first-aid kit:
    • Shifts us from feelings of pessimism, rejection, frustration
    • Physical or digital photos, music, mementos, cards, letters, etc.
    • Enlist a partner to remind you of the kit
+ General Self-Help

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+ Self-Care at Work with COVID-19

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+ Protecting Mental Health

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+ Managing Anxiety

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+ Addressing Fatigue
+ Coping with Stress
+ Physical Health
+ Dialogue, Communication, and Conflict Management
+ Meditation
+ Supporting Your Work Team

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+ Supporting Your Children During COVID-19

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+ Daily Wellness Disciplines
+ Assessments for Wellbeing

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+ Grief
+ Disaster Distress Helpline

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential national crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.