Wellbeing

Throughout the world, Blue Hens are living through these moments together. Day by day, we rise and make decisions about our health and wellness, the communities that we support and that support us, and what we can do to feel that we are thriving despite these challenging times. Whether it’s a quiet sunrise, a favorite meal, or a little brick courtyard that reminds us of our beautiful and bustling campus, we are never alone in these thoughts — and we know that every step we take to protect our flock brings us closer to each other once again.

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EXPLORE WELLBEING

COMMUNITY

Engaging in your communities helps you develop and maintain healthy relationships that contribute to a strong support network, which can improve your wellbeing and success. While the pandemic remains a threat, safer options to connect with others include virtual engagement as well as outdoor opportunities, provided that everyone wears a face covering and 6′ of physical distance is maintained when possible. The full student guidelines for fall 2020 can be found here.

The nature-based self-care brochure featured at right includes a list of outdoor spaces to explore within 100 miles of UD, as well as tips and resources to help you or a group opt outside wherever you are.

Take Action

Looking to become a more active community member? Check out these 25 action steps for personal and community wellbeing and follow along with the #BITBatUD hashtag on Instagram for weekly bystander intervention tips.

Get HENgaged

For more ways to connect with your UD community this semester, check out our HENgagement page!

Nature-Based Self-Care Guide [PDF]

first page of nature based self care brochure linked as pdf

FEATURED EVENTS

It's okay to not be okay.

Many of us are experiencing anxiety or grief. Whatever you may be experiencing, know that your UD community is here to support you and these services are always available:
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UD Helpline:
302-831-1001

Any student feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or otherwise in need of someone to talk to can call 302-831-1001 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and press 2 to speak with a mental health professional. Support is available in multiple languages.
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Crisis Text Line:
741741

24-hour mental health support is also available via text. Send the text message UDTEXT to 741741 to reach a mental health professional, or send STEVE to connect with a professional who specializes in supporting students of color.
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Collegiate Recovery Community

Students in recovery from drug or alcohol use, or living with others who have behavioral addictions can connect virtually with each other via confidential Zoom. Meetings are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You can request access for CRC meetings here.
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COVID-19 Era Support

The Center for Counseling and Student Development continues to enhance their webpages for COVID-19 Support, Self-Care and Culturally Responsive Services with webinars and resources related to managing emotions, strengthening coping skills, connecting with peers and more.

Student Health Services offers personal support for all students through various stages of COVID-19 concern. Learn more about COVID-19 Testing Options for Students.

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Sexual Offense Support:
302-831-1001

SOS is available on the UD Helpline; press 1 to request a call back from a trained victim advocate within 10 minutes. Due to current health guidelines, SOS is not currently able to accompany survivors to the hospital for a forensic exam; however, callers can speak with an advocate before and after a hospital visit.
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Financial and Food Assistance

If you’re experiencing a financial crisis or otherwise struggling with access to housing, food, internet, or other basic needs, visit the Office of the Dean of Students website to apply for assistance from the Student Crisis Fund or Swipe Out Hunger.

ACTIVITIES

NAVIGATING CHANGE TOGETHER

The University’s second annual Blue Hen Re-Coop Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, coinciding with a break in classes for the presidential election. This year has challenged us all, and more than ever, this day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on your wellbeing. Whether you can set aside a minute, an hour, or the day, these activities are designed to help all of us navigate the various changes before us as a community:

Before Nov. 3

• Make plans to safely complete your ballot if you’re eligible to vote in the November 3rd election. UD’s partnership with TurboVote makes it easy to be heard and be active in your community’s path forward.

• Take an anonymous, confidential assessment of your alcohol, marijuana or prescription drug use through ScreenU for immediate, personalized feedback and resources.

• Join fellow students interested in prioritizing their wellbeing for social events and wellness themed activities in a new online community.

• Gear up for Halloween with Spooktacular Haunts for Home and tips for staying safe.

On Nov. 3

• Learn more about self-care vs. self-soothe strategies, stress management and more through the Choosing Well at UD portal.

• Take a break for creativity and relaxation through the 28 to Make: Art Making Video Series of the Alexander Street library, courtesy of UD Library.

• Explore our Wellness Breaks for quick, low-tech activities that can enhance your self-care.

After Nov. 3

• Head over to our Recreation page for more activities and free fitness classes to get you moving.

• Reflect on your dimensions of wellness and what changes you would like to make to enhance your wellbeing.

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Connect with peers, choose your own learning adventures, and improve your wellbeing through the new Blue Hen Wellbeing Community. Explore different learning modules that will feature activities for independent self-study, as well as activities that involve peer-to-peer connection to support student wellbeing through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous formats, including live twice monthly Zoom events.
Wellness through Coloring
Breathing Exercises and other Calming Strategies
Creating a Coloring Mandala
Walking for Wellness
Dancing for Self-Care
Quick, No-Tech, Inexpensive Self-Care Rituals
Nervous System Reset
Jewelry Making Tutorial
Yoga Stretches with Meditation
Guided Self-Affirmation Exercise
Build Strength at Home
Snacking for Self-Care
Gratitude Journaling
Self-Care Strategies for Survivors
Guided Gratitude Meditation

SERVICES

Student Wellness and Health Promotion is open virtually and can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 302-831-3457 or studentwellness@udel.edu.

Confidential distance meetings are available for all services including the Collegiate Recovery Community, substance use counseling, and support for victims of sexual misconduct. Students can also learn more about healthy relationships, safer sex, substance use, and stress management through the self-paced Choosing Well at UD portal, and can complete an anonymous, confidential self-assessment of their alcohol, marijuana or other drug use through ScreenU.

Learn more about all SWHP opportunities.

Student Health Services is open and providing virtual as well as in-person* services Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aetna After Hours Nurse Medical Advice Line is available to all University of Delaware students after business hours by calling 800-681-3957.

*Appointments are required before visiting and can be made by calling 302-831-2226. You will be given an opportunity to speak with a nurse, who will help guide you in making an appointment and the safest way to enter the Student Health Services building. You will need to show proof of being cleared to access campus facilities on the day of entry through your completed daily health check.

We ask that you complete the telehealth consent form in advance, in case a telehealth visit with SHS is more appropriate than an in-person visit. This is found under Forms in the Secure Student Health Portal.

The Office of the Dean of Students is open virtually and can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 302-831-8939 or deanofstudents@udel.edu. Learn more about all ODS opportunities.
Disability Support Services is open virtually and can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 302-831-4643 or dssoffice@udel.edu. You can register a diagnosis on the DSS website, linked below, for assistance with accessing UD classes, programs and services.

If you have already registered a mental or physical diagnosis with DSS and require testing accommodations, please reach out to your professors to alert them. DSS is available to support any student and/or instructor to address specific questions or concerns. The Testing Center is closed and all exams will be administered online by faculty until further notice. Learn more about all DSS opportunities.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is open virtually and can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 302-831-2141. After hours or when the phone line is busy, you may be connected with the UD Helpline, which is a nonstop counselor on call service that is always available to you at 302-831-1001.

When you call CCSD, you will connect with a member of the front desk staff who will ask some questions to help you determine next steps, which could be anything from a specific counseling service or resource to one-on-one referral coordination for off-campus care. Learn more about all CCSD opportunities.