To help employees feel supported and connected during this time of uncertainty, Healthier U – Stony Brook University’s employee wellness program – has scheduled daily wellness programming streaming live on Healthier U’s Facebook page at 3 pm each weekday beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. A team led by Stony Brook alum and integrative mental health expert Joshua Hendrickson, PhD, LCSW, will facilitate sessions on mindfulness meditation, nutrition and stress reduction, among other topics. Video of the programs will be posted on the Healthier U website and kept as a resource for people to go back to and use as needed.
“We know that employees are really rising to the occasion in this time of unprecedented crisis,” said Cathrine Duffy, director of Healthier U. “We hope the streaming programming provides some comfort and stress relief for the healthcare providers and support staff at our hospital who are working around the clock to save lives and keep us all safe. We also want to forge connections and a sense of community well-being to all staff now working remotely.”
The 30-minute sessions will have a different focus each day, including Guided Imagery Meditation, Drawing/Journal Writing, Stress Reduction and Nutrition. Some themes that will be covered will include: feeling connected during social distancing; self-care; our common humanity; worries, anxieties and fears; and finding meaning in difficult times. The sessions will be set up to be interactive; viewers are encouraged to comment and ask questions and give feedback for use in subsequent programs. The programming is scheduled to run through at least April 10 and possibly longer.
Visit Healthier U’s website for more details on upcoming sessions. As themes and topics are finalized they will be posted via the website and Facebook. Staff is encouraged to “Like” Healthier U’s Facebook page so they can easily access the live stream.
About the Presenters
Joshua Hendrickson is the founder of Integrative Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning (IMSEL). He holds a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with a specialization in integrative mental health. He is a clinical social worker and a certified health coach, and is a graduate of Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare.
Other presenters will include IMSEL’s Jessica Ciardullo, an instructional coach and mindfulness practitioner, who is due to graduate this May with a master’s degree in social work from Stony Brook. Jessica Morgan, also a Stony Brook alum, is a narrative practice and eco-therapy specialist. She will use creative writing, poetry, art and movement to explore the intersections of one’s internal and external landscapes. And Jennifer Kelly, a board certified holistic health practitioner and founder of Feeding Your Life, Inc., will provide nutrition information for health and wellness.
Visit the Healthier U website for the full schedule and additional presenters as they are added to the programming.