Holistic Well-Being

Virtual classes. Virtual events. Virtual meetings.

Check, check and check.

Since early spring, we have all been devoted to ensuring our remote operations are running as smoothly as they can, as efficiently as possible. Can we say the same about our well-being? Are we running smoothly, efficiently? According to a cross-section of our campus community, people would like more resources to get through this difficult time.

Our OE/HR team has responded with the following resources that are open for UW employees to use to aid their holistic well-being. If you need additional resources, please email us at uwboehr@uw.edu. 

If you manage others, please make space and time for your faculty and staff members to participate in these wellbeing opportunities.  Be well and take care of yourself and each other.

Counseling Sessions

As faculty and staff, we are all asked to be available unconditionally to support others, and 2020 has been a year filled with challenge, adversity, injustice, inequity and disparity.  Yet through this year we have responded with extraordinary resilience and compassion.  To support you during this time, we want you to have easy access to additional emotional/wellbeing support. 

UW CareLink

Mental health is an important part of your overall health. Talk to a professional if you think you need counseling or other help with your mental wellbeing. With UW CareLink, uou get free, easy access to short-term counseling with highly trainer clinicians. Find someone who can help by using the resources on UW CareLink's webpage.


Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions

Below will be a list of meditation and mindfulness resources for employees. We are also exploring bi-weekly 15 meditation sessions, please reach out to us at uwboehr@uw.edu if you would like to see these offered.

Self-Led Meditations by the Whole U

The Whole U is also offering a meditation series. They are bringing this practice to the UW community with the intention to help reduce stress, increase calmness and promote happiness in the workplace. Find a comfortable seat, take a deep breath and listen to the UW faculty and staff guiding your meditation practice.

View Meditation Series


Virtual Fitness & Mindfulness Classes

The Whole U is offering virtual fitness and mindfulness classes! The classes range from a fun interactive dance class to a calm, meditation practice. To learn more about the many offerings, please visit their webpage at:

Virtual Fitness & Mindfulness Classes


CARE Program - a practice for holistic well-being

What is the CARE Program?

CARE (Compassion, Awareness, Resilience and Empowerment) is a project that Jane Compson, Associate Professor for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma, will provide an accessible portal into self-care practices to help you build well-being and resilience.

The CARE program is a series of facilitated group training sessions where participants receive an orientation and opportunity to learn tools and practices to develop self-care literacy and protect against burnout.

The program will be delivered in five remote sessions, so that participants can learn in community with others. An accompanying website provides access to resources such as curated videos and articles on relevant topics and guided meditations. CARE is organized into five modules where participants learn evidence-based practices on the following themes: Compassion, Awareness, Resilience and Empowerment.

To hear about Dr. Compson and the CARE program, please watch this short introductory video.

Sessions Being Offered

Please note that this program is a cumulative series of 5 sessions to support holistic well-being. We ask for staff and faculty to attend all sessions. Registration is limited.

Resources from the CARE program:


Series on Caring for Yourself through Times of Grief and Stress

Join us for a five-week exploration of coping with grief and loss during challenging times. Each class will include tools that you can use in your daily life, journal prompts for reflection and an opportunity to practice and discuss together in a learning community.

Please note that this program is a cumulative series of five sessions to support holistic well-being. We ask for staff and faculty to attend all sessions. Registration is limited.

  • Session 1: January 14, 2:00pm-3:00pm Exploring grief and ambiguous loss - Trumba link
  • Session 2: January 21, 2:00pm-3:00pm Nurturing our spirit when grieving and under stress - Trumba link
  • Session 3: January 28, 2:00pm-3:00pm Nurturing and caring for our bodies - Trumba link
  • Session 4: February 4, 2:00pm-3:00pm Nurturing and supporting our emotions - Trumba link
  • Session 5: February 11, 2:00pm-3:00pm Nurturing our mind and cultivating our inner wisdom - Trumba link

About the Facilitator:

Charlene Ray, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been in practice as a therapist, mentor, grief counselor and workshop facilitator for 35 years. Charlene teaches mindfulness in the school, K-6 and facilitates mindfulness-based stress reduction for teachers. Charlene has led programs for school districts on various mental health topics and is a frequent speaker at Sno-Isle Library Issues that Matter events. She works for Forefront Suicide Prevention as a school coach and trainer.


UW Office of Ombud 

The Office of the Ombud serves the entire university community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, raise issues, consider your options, and develop a plan for the future

Visit here to schedule an appointment.


UW Resiliency Lab

The UW Resilience Lab promotes well-being at the University of Washington through education, research partnerships, and our core programs and initiatives. The have created a guidebook that promotes well-being and supports the whole student.

Well-Being for Life & Learning Guidebook


Outside Resources

Greater Good Magazine

Greater Good Science Center offers a free online magazine that turns scientific research into stories, tips and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society. Some of the tools include quizzes, podcasts and videos.

View Greater Good Magazine

WA Listens

WA Listens is a new program that provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19

To learn more, visit WA Listens.