April 20, 2020

Finishing strong

Kent FuchsIn his final Alligator column of the year, President Fuchs addressed the challenges we currently face with reassurance, vulnerability and optimism. “I pray that all our students, faculty and staff will have the stamina and clarity to finish strong — and the continued resilience and optimism to succeed in the times ahead,” he shared. In case you missed, it, you can read the full column here.

UF EAP offers telehealth counseling when you need it

As an alternative to traditional face-to-face counseling, UF’s Employee Assistance Program offers video, telephone and online chat options that are especially beneficial during these times. If you or a member of your household needs someone to talk to, you can access services 24/7 by calling the UF EAP’s toll-free number, (833) 306-0103, or by visiting guidanceresources.com. If it is your first time visiting the website, click on the “Register” tab and enter UF’s Web ID: UFEAP.

All UF faculty and staff as well as anyone who lives with them are entitled to up to six visits per person, per household, per event each calendar year. Please note that even if you have contacted the EAP already in 2020 for another reason, any issue related to the current pandemic may be considered a separate event, granting you and others six new sessions each, as needed.

If you are experiencing distress for any reason, meeting with a counselor online or by phone can help provide you with much-needed support and guidance, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

While the UF EAP is an outsourced provider and separate from the University of Florida to ensure your confidentiality, should you have any feedback you would like to share with us about your experience, you can complete our feedback form anonymously by visiting the EAP website. You are also welcome to share your contact information if you would like to speak to someone from our team.

“Staying Connected While Distancing” webinar today
The UF Counseling and Wellness Center is also offering a free webinar today from noon to 1 p.m. that is free to UF faculty and staff. To participate, please register here.

When the benefits of asking for help outweigh the risks

Natalie DeanIn a recent article, Natalie Dean, a UF assistant professor of biostatistics specializing in infectious disease, and others discuss how asking for help can be a calculated risk to take for the sake of sanity.

The key is thinking about your network and your bubble and who is entering and exiting, and what are the places disease can enter in,” Dean said.

Read the full article in The Lily, a Washington Post publication.

No printer at home?

The UF Print Shop is open and offers high-quality posters, class materials, fliers and more. Free delivery is available on campus.

To place an order, call (352) 392-1134. The UF Print Shop is located at 3030 Radio Road.

Give Help & Get Help

UF faculty, don’t forget about the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s online experts matching system. If you need help with an area of online teaching, explore the list of experts who have volunteered to help. Please note: You must be signed in to your UF Google account to view the directory.