UTMB Employee Wellness
For several weeks, we have all been focused on planning, preparing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and stress, it is essential that we take good care of ourselves and our families so that we can continue to support our patients and each other.
To that end, UTMB has established an Employee Wellness Task Force, under the guidance of Human Resources and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This group will be providing resources, updates and general information to all of us in the coming weeks to help us stay emotionally healthy during this crisis.
If you are a UTMB employee and need emotional support, counseling or coping support, these resources are immediately available to you. Please use them:
- The University of Texas Employee Assistance Program
24/7 crisis counseling hotline: (844) 872-5986; open to employees and their families. See the UTEAP Overview Document for more information.
- UTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Employee Clinic
Call (409) 772-0770 to schedule an appointment; available to employees and their families.
- UTMB Student Health
24/7 crisis hotline: (409) 747-HELP (4357); available to all UTMB students.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission Hotline
Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: (833) 986-1919; available to all Texas residents.
- De-Escalation Techniques for Medical Professionals
The UTMB Police Department has developed a 30-minute training program for medical professionals (and others interested in promoting positive communication). The training covers topics such as empathy in communication, nonverbal language and tone of voice to counter emotion-driven behavior. Login to the UTMB Learn training site, navigate to the “Catalog” link at the top of the page, and from the expanded dropdown menu select “Professional Development.” Enroll in the “De-Escalation Techniques for Medical Professionals” module by clicking the “+” sign.
Some of the resources below include links to external websites that are not controlled by UTMB Health.