Mental healthcare for the Baylor family

There has been an emphasis on taking care of one’s physical health during these challenging times, but caring for one’s mental health cannot be ignored. Whether it’s the stress of working from home or homeschooling, the isolation of social distancing or the fear of you or a loved one contracting COVID-19, each concern is valid. Self-care options can be helpful, but there are times when that may not be enough.

Baylor’s new Mental Health and Wellness Program provides options to get the support you need through confidential services for members of the Baylor community. The multipronged approach provides an array of services to meet the needs of the Baylor community. Call 713-798-0292 for more information or to access resources in the new program.

These services include:

  • Speaking with an experienced counselor for support
  • Using a self-guided cognitive-behavioral therapy app to help cope with anxiety/stress
  • Participating in regularly scheduled support groups
  • One-on-one counseling sessions to help manage distress

“Those affected by stress, especially healthcare workers, may be reluctant to seek assistance,” said Dr. Wayne Goodman, chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor. “The resources provided by this program can help manage stress now and provide tools for the future. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to offer an array of evidence-based services to support members of our Baylor family dealing with the stressors and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The services are confidential and will not in any way be disclosed to others, including colleagues or supervisors. Phone support, self-guided app and support groups are free of charge and individual counseling will be billed to insurance for faculty and staff and without cost for learners.

“We have considered the varied needs of people in designing the various service lines. Duration is flexible and personalized to the needs of each individual,” said Dr. Eric Storch, professor of psychiatry at Baylor.

The support groups are six sessions over three weeks and individual counseling is weekly and can continue as needed, Storch said.

It is critical to be attentive to both physical and mental health needs, especially during such trying and difficult times. Developing a program such as this offers the Baylor community valuable resources to help cope with stress and behavioral health concerns.”

Dr. Eric Storch

Dr. Alicia Monroe, senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs, noted how important these resources are to faculty, learners and the rest of the Baylor family.

“Just as Dr. Klotman mentioned in his video to the Baylor community, we are all called to care in different ways. But it’s difficult to care for others if we do not care for ourselves first. This resource provides increased support for the Baylor family so that we can continue to respond to the call to care for the community.”

Please call 713-798-0292 for more information or to access these resources, and see additional resources online.

By Dipali Pathak