Resources to Support Your Mental Well-Being

Mental Health Awareness

Mental illnesses are conditions which involve changes in thinking, behaviors, and emotions, which often cause distress in various areas of life. Examples can include anxiety, depression, mood  disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders.

According to the CDC, more than 50% of people in the United States are diagnosed with a mental health disorder during their lifetime, and 20% of people will experience a mental illness in a given year.


In general, the term “mental illness” carries stigma, which can lead to lower self-esteem, feed into stereotypes and prejudicial behaviors, and decrease willingness to seek treatment.

Stigma is the negative attitude attached to an individual’s characteristic that may be regarded as a deficiency, which may lead to discrimination and exclusion of an individual. Diseases and health conditions don’t stigmatize people; people stigmatize people. When we perceive stigma, the primary emotion is shame.  

Allies Reduce Stigma

Culture can have a huge impact on reducing mental health stigma and we can all take specific actions every day to act as allies and reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges. 

We Have Resources to Support You

  • FEAP

    FEAP offers assessment, short-term counseling, referral, and follow-up at no cost to the employee for a wide variety of personal concerns.

    Learn About FEAP
  • Teladoc

    Offered through the UVA Health Plan, Teladoc offers you quick access to primary care physicians who can diagnose your health care concerns by phone, web, or mobile app.  Teladoc providers include experienced therapists and psychiatrists who can prescribe and manage medications. Choose your therapist, pick a time that is convenient for you 7 days a week, and connect confidentially from wherever you’re most comfortable.

    Learn More about Teladoc
  • Health Coaches

    Hoos Well provides participants in the UVA and UPG Health Plans with unlimited access to certified Health Coaches, who can work with you 1:1 by phone to help you understand the results of your health assessment, establish personalized well-being goals, and develop a strategy to achieve them. Experienced Virgin Pulse Health Coaches can assist in addressing many topics, including reducing stress, sleeping well, and managing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    Learn More About Health Coaches
  • eM Life

    Offered through Hoos Well, eM Life is an online mindfulness resource that gives you access to multi-week programs to help with managing conditions such as anxiety and depression, on-demand content, and  live, expert-led, interactive, mindfulness classes offered many times each day. Provided free through Hoos Well for employees and spouses who are enrolled in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan. 

    Learn More about eM Life
  • Healthy Minds @Work

    Offered through Hoos Well, Healthy Minds @Work is an evidence-based, customizable program designed to fit easily into your daily life through a mobile app with podcast-style lessons and guided meditations. You'll learn to train your mind to be calm & focused, strengthen interpersonal relationships, decrease stress & emotional reactivity, and learn skills to thrive in challenging moments. Available to all UVA employees.

    Learn More about Healthy Minds @Work

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