mental health and wellness

Mental Health and Wellness

Our staff cares tremendously about the mental health and overall wellbeing of our postdoctoral researchers. Click here to view and download our suggested General Wellness Tips for Postdocs.

Below, please find both internal and external resources that are available to you:

Rutgers Resources 

Internal Rutgers' Counseling for Employees:

Rutgers University - Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)

In response to COVID-19, GSAPP is offering phone and telepsychology services to help members of the Rutgers community obtain short term supportive therapy or facilitate referral to therapists in our network - please visit this webpage.


Rutgers Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

FSAP provides comprehensive counseling and referral services to Legacy Rutgers postdocs. Through its collaboration with other university and community agencies, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program promotes a supportive and harmonious workplace and recognizes the individual challenges and needs of Rutgers employees.

For appointments, Legacy Rutgers Postdocs can call (866) 327-8242 (Offices in Newark/Piscataway/Voorhees), or email Marianne Kunze for more information. 24-hour service is available for crisis and emergency contact by calling (848) 932-3956.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service that helps employees deal effectively with problems that may be affecting their well-being, their personal lives, and/or their job performance. RBHS postdocs can take advantage of this short-term counseling service. To learn more, visit this webpage or call 1-800-327-3678.


This new support line offers emotional and therapeutic support during and following the COVID-19 pandemic to Rutgers staff, faculty members, and their families. Call Rutgers4U (1-855-652-6819). 


COVID-19 Telecommuting and Wellness website

This site provides guidelines and resources to help employees effectively manage working remotely and the stress that may come along with it.  These resources focus on supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees as they continue to adjust to workplace and life changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Joyable -- A Digital Wellness Resource for Employees

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide health and wellness resources to employees, we would like to share a digital wellness tool called Joyable, available at no cost to employees enrolled in state health benefits. Joyable is a mobile app designed to help manage stress, anxiety, and/or depression anytime, anywhere, from your mobile device or computer.


Rutgers: Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA)

The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is committed to creating a community free from violence. VPVA provides services designed to raise awareness of and respond to the impact of interpersonal violence and other crimes through a combination of direct service, education, training, policy development, and consulting to the University and the broader community.


Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change 

This 45-person committee meets over several months on six subcommittees to consider and propose recommendations in areas including consensual relationships, bringing greater transparency to reporting and findings of harassment, training for faculty and staff, and assessment of the effectiveness of our approaches. 

UnitedHealth Insured Postdocs

Postdoctoral Fellows with health insurance through UnitedHealth can take advantage of BetterHelp. BetterHelp is the world's largest e-counseling platform, and aims to make professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.

External Resources

Local Resources: 

  • Atlantic Health System - Crisis Intervention Services: In the event of a psychiatric emergency, Atlantic Behavioral Health offers crisis intervention services, including a 24-hour hotline, risk assessments and screenings, and community trauma assistance.
  • Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center: A comprehensive community mental health center dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mental illness and serious emotional and behavioral problems. A wide range of services are provided on a sliding fee scale for county residents.
  • PerformCare NJ: When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming. PerformCare is committed to helping you access the right services for your child.
  • NJ Mental Health Cares: NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support, from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. 

Federal Resources:

CAPS: Self Help

Self-help resources such as apps, meditation, or guided exercises can be a great way to manage day-to-day stress or to use periodically when you feel overwhelmed. Please click here to visit CAPS' self-help page which is full of resources such as these.

Please note that these resources are not a substitute for professional mental health services. 


NJ Hopeline


New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 day per week.

SAMHSA's National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

A confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

Crisis Text Line

Text "HELLO" to 741741

The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.


Downloadable Content


  • What's Up?
    • Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. 
  • Moodfit
    • Shapes up your mood with proven tools & insight using CBT, mood journaling, gratitude, mindfulness & more.
  • Calm
    • Helps users sleep better, boost confidence and reduce stress and anxiety, all with the help of guided meditations, soothing music, and bedtime stories
  • Breathe2Relax
    • Teaches a skill called “diaphragmatic breathing” via guided practice sessions to help users feel more relaxed.
  • Happify
    • Improves overall well-being and happiness, with influences from positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. Each activity intends to strengthen one of the five happiness skills: savor, thankful, aspire, give, or empathize.

Mental Health Guides:

*Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for the knowledge, skill, and judgment of qualified mental health care professionals. If you are experiencing a true medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or reach out to any of the Helplines listed above.