Wellness and Care

Faculty & Staff Guide to
Employee Wellness Resources at CSU

2020 brought a slew of challenges that have wrought stress and uncertainty for folks across the globe. Colorado State University and the College of Liberal Arts are committed to employee well-being amidst precarious times. This webpage highlights some resources available to faculty and staff at CSU.

This page is divided into four sections -- mental health, mindfulness, community and caretaking -- that may provide support and relief.

Mental, emotional & social health. Emotional, mental, and social health each contribute to our well-being. They are also deeply interlinked. While mental health refers to psychological and behavioral well-being, emotional health emphasizes awareness and acceptance of one’s thoughts and feelings. Social health encompasses connecting with other people in meaningful and enriching ways.

Mindfulness. A non-judgmental intentional awareness of the present moment experience. Mindfulness practices include guided meditations and yoga. Scientific research shows various benefits to mindfulness practice, including: emotional regulation, achieving and maintaining sobriety, cognition, and anxiety reduction.

Caretaking. Many employees take care of children, parents, partners, pets, and other loved ones. These responsibilities have intensified during the pandemic, adding stress and time constraints to already busy lives. CSU provides various resources to support employees with care-taking responsibilities.

Community. Social health requires building community and connecting with other people. This is particularly vital at a time when many people are working and learning remotely, and feeling isolated and lonely. This booklet identifies existing resources for CSU employees that support community-building and connection.

These four themes are not mutually exclusive. For instance, building community and feeling connected helps mental, emotional and social health, while increased caretaking demands strain wellness and health.

See eap.colostate.edu for details on the information provided here

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Confidential counseling for CSU employees and family

We all experience problems in life. It is okay to receive help navigating these challenges. CSU employees -- and their dependents -- are offered six free counseling sessions per family member, per issue, per calendar year. Issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationship conflicts
  • Problems with children
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • Job pressures

Participation in counseling is private and completely confidential. CSU employees will be referred to licensed clinicians whose expertise matches the employee concern.

For more information on free mental health resources for employees, go to: https://eap.colostate.edu/.

You can also contact Jan Pierce at 970-491-3437 or jan.pierce@colostate.edu

Center for Family and Couple Therapy

Based at CSU, the Center for Family and Couple Therapy provides low-cost individual, couple and family therapy during daytime and evening hours. The Center is committed to creating a safe environment that honors diverse backgrounds, family forms, and experiences.

Child trauma assessment and resilience

CSU’s Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center provides resilience-based trauma assessments and offers recommendations for helping young people and families understand and heal trauma.

Physical and bodily well-being is linked to mental health

To promote well-being on campus, CSU and Anthem help cover costs for fitness and nutrition programs, including:

  • Rec center memberships
  • Noon hour faculty and staff fitness program
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Diabetes programs

For more information about these programs and coverage see https://commitmenttocampus.colostate.edu/health-wellness/

Mindfulness

CSU’s Center for Mindfulness draws from diverse traditions to inspire personal and community transformation. The intended outcome is more mindful communities and socially conscious and compassionate leaders.

The Center facilitates events open to CSU employees and others, including mindfulness Mondays (an hour of meditation and reflection currently offered via Zoom) and wellness classes via Larimer County Extension.

The CSU Zen Club meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for cultivation of mindfulness and awareness among students, employees, and community members through sitting and walking meditation. It occasionally brings speakers of the Zen meditation perspective. For more information, contact Erich Stroheim at erich@rams.colostate.edu or (970) 482-3811.

For events and online classes see mindfulness.colostate.edu.

Free meditation apps and information about yoga and local mindfulness resources are also available.

Caretaking

Outside of work, employees have many care-taking responsibilities. For many, these commitments have become amplified during the current pandemic. CSU provides various resources to support employees with care-taking responsibilities. In addition to the groups below, the Commitment to Campus and Employee Assistance Program provide additional resources and contacts.

Children

Childcare Centers. There are several CSU-affiliated childcare centers. All are fee-based, but they offer limited scholarship funds. This site also provides information on local organizations, including after care programs for school-aged children.

Babysitting & More. CSU Student Employees can post jobs such as babysitting or nannying for CSU students on Handshake.

Youth Sport Camps. The College of Health and Human Science runs this program during the school year at a reduced price to employees.

Campus Connections. A therapeutic youth mentoring program that pairs children 10-18 years with a CSU student mentor for weekly group meetings on campus. The program recruits young people not reaching their full potential due to:

  • Living in poverty
  • Involvement in the court system
  • Family struggles
  • Academic challenges
  • Behavioral issues
  • Emotional or mental health issues
  • Abuse, neglect or trauma experience
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

GRANDcares. Supports those caring for grandchildren with classes, webinars, and resources.

GPS Program. Through the Black/African American Cultural Center, this program is for 3rd – 9th graders who identify as Black or African American. It provides mentoring and fun activities through cultural awareness, leadership development, and community service while they are developing a sense of who they are as individuals and collectively.

Summer Camps. CSU runs some of the most cost effective summer camps in town!

Chld participating in a youth sports camp with CSU

Pets

  • CSU employees receive a 20% discount at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
  • Financial assistance programs exist for those facing difficulty paying veterinary bills.
  • Various local organizations also provide assistance with pet supplies and services, particularly for senior citizens and those facing financial constraints.

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Community

There are many groups and events at CSU that offer community around a variety of interests and issues. Here we list a few around fitness, teaching and learning, and inclusion and equity.

NOTE: Some group events and meetings have been suspended due to COVID-19. Please check group websites for the most up-to-date information on schedules.

Fitness Groups

Noon Hour Faculty and Staff Fitness program. Facilities available in the Moby B Complex from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. include: basketball courts, handball/racquetball courts, weight rooms, swimming pool, and locker rooms. In addition, work out clothing, laundry, and lockers are provided. The current fee is $75 per semester.

Adult Fitness. This program offers Fort Collins community members regular fitness assessments and a variety of exercise options including group classes, strength training, and flexibility training. CSU faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on the price of an individual membership.

Drop-in Dance Class. CSU Dance hosts a free dance class for faculty and staff on Fridays from 4 – 5 p.m. No prior dance experience is needed. Classes are centered on Ballet, Modern, and Jazz techniques and accommodations are made for beginning through advanced dancers as needed.

Teaching and Learning Groups

CLA Master Teacher Initiative Luncheon. A monthly lunch with a talk on pedagogy from a CLA teacher.

Faculty Writing Groups. A variety of groups for faculty writing and researching. Starts with a facilitated group-up to match writers together into small groups.

Feedback Groups. For faculty seeking peer feedback on research proposals or manuscripts.

Show up and write. Drop-in groups in writing-centered and quiet spaces that help faculty, postdocs, and graduate students build momentum on writing projects.

Innovating Minds. Lecture series held every other month with women leaders in academia, industry, policy, NGOs and more. Each 2-hour event of the series is complimentary and includes networking, appetizers, and creative speakers from local, regional and national platforms.

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Inclusion and Equity Groups

NEAR Groups. The new Network for Employee Affinity Resource (NEAR) Groups creates and sustains virtual channels for those within, across, and in support of various affinity groups to build community; share information and resources relevant to working at CSU or living in Northern Colorado; and employ effective means for supporting one another.

Chai To Understand. A weekly discussion series for students, faculty and staff to engage in dialogue around current events affecting the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community.

EnCircle: Mentoring Circles. Small groups of faculty who mentor each other on a variety of topics under the direction of a skilled professional facilitator. Members support each other as a network across disciplines and appointment types. Intended for CSU faculty members who identify as women or non-binary at all career stages (tenure and non-tenure track), including circles especially for women of color.

Fort Collins International Center. FCIC organizes monthly outdoor activities provide an active and fun environment for students and community members to enjoy the beauty of Colorado and surrounding states together.  Activities include hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and more!

Native American Women's Circle. Created to enhance social, group, individual, and cultural support for the women of the Native American Cultural Center. The education and cultural support programs are designed to reflect the importance of Native culture while encompassing the role of being a woman. The group invites guest speakers, takes field trips, and shares materials about traditions, cultural practices, and current women's issues.

Black Male Think Tank. Discussion group to create, develop, and transform ideas into action; to harness the power of intentional thought and critical thinking to conquer injustices and enhance positive efforts toward social justice; to create a brave space for all black men to discuss visible and invisible identities; and to increase intellectual capacity and enhance perspectives.

Wellness Resources Syllabus Language

Below is proposed language to include on syllabi to address wellness resources.

Accommodations

The Student Disability Center (SDC) at CSU offers accommodations and support that will contribute to your learning. Students seeking accommodation(s) should visit the SDC at TILT Building, room 121, call them at 970-491-6385, or go to their website at https://disabilitycenter.colostate.edu/.

General Health & Support

University life is full of challenges. The CSU has a variety of mental and physical health services for anyone who feels like they need help dealing with the pressures of life as a student in a safe and confidential setting. The CSU Health Network offers a range of services, including treatment programs, emergency services, and free group and individual counseling. See https://health.colostate.edu/about-counseling-services/, or call (970) 491-6053 to make an appointment for an assessment. For help navigating all the services CSU provides, contact Student Case Management at https://studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu/. Student Case Managers consult with students, faculty, staff, families, and providers to offer guidance on the next best steps.

In addition,  the YOU@CSU portal provides confidential assessment and recommendations customized to your interests. They have resources for a range of questions, from deciding your major and career path, to stress management techniques, to advice on relationships. For more information, see https://health.colostate.edu/youcsu/.

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Wellness Resources for Students

College is already stressful, even in the best of times.  Below are a sampling of resources available to support student wellness, both broadly and in the context of difficult classroom conversations.

CSU Health Network

The CSU Health network site includes links to a wide range of services, including, medical, counseling, psychiatric, and other resources, including You@CSU which helps personalize services to individual student needs.

Student Case Management

We help find the best approach to support the student in the immediate situation and provide referrals for ongoing care. Student Case Management & Referral Coordination provides crisis prevention and intervention services. In difficult situations such as medical, mental health, behavioral, personal or family crisis, illness, or injury a student or family may find it difficult to navigate the resources and services available. Student Case Managers consult with students, faculty, staff, families, and providers to offer guidance on the next best steps.

Student Resolution Center

SRC aims to assist, educate, and support CSU students through two processes: Conflict Resolution – voluntary, neutral, confidential process to assist students when conflicts, disputes or issues arise and Student Conduct – one-on-one meetings to discuss alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code, hear student perspectives, explore personal responsibility, hold students accountable, and provide educational and restorative outcomes when appropriate.

Tell Someone

There may be times that you become concerned about a student or university employee. We encourage you to Tell Someone. People who may be experiencing an emotional difficulty or mental health illness may show specific signs that they need help. When in doubt, it is always best to Tell Someone! You can call (970) 491-1350 to discuss concerns about any member of the CSU community. Referrals will be made to campus resources that can develop strategies and use resources to discreetly help students and employees who may be in distress. Referrals may also be made using the online Health and Safety Referral Form.

Student Diversity Programs and Services

CSU is proud of its efforts to enhance, appreciate, and support diversity and multi-culturalism as part of its mission as a land-grant institution of higher education. Linked are a selection of programs and services designed to support students in a variety of ways and provide opportunities to successfully participate in, and contribute to, the diverse campus environment. While each office listed may emphasize a specific segment of the student body, services and programs are available to benefit all students at CSU.