Upcoming Virtual Offerings by Faculty Staff Assistance Office

Did you miss out on the chance to do a mental health self-check on National Depression Screening Day in October?  Or did you get feedback from your screening which suggested you might want to speak to a professional about your well-being?  As part of this year’s Employee Wellness Fair, the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office is offering brief visits with a licensed mental health provider to evaluate your mental health.  Like an annual physical with your primary care physician, this is an opportunity to check in about the status of your health, the focus here being your psychological and emotional health.

Mental health screenings provide a quick and easy way to identify the first signs of depression, anxiety and substance misuse.

You’ll be asked to complete self-assessments in advance to identify symptoms. You and the FSAO clinician will review your results together and consider whether you might benefit from additional support or treatment.  If so, FSAO can help connect you with behavioral health treatment and other resources. These 30-minute visits are free and confidential.

Schedule your mental health screening here  FSAO will send you a screening form which you can complete and return securely through DataMotion . Once returned, you’ll be contacted to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation (e.g. ASL Interpreters, Communication Access Realtime Translation CART), please email bewell@bu.edu. Please submit requests for accommodations as soon as possible, ideally, 10 business days prior to the event.

Catch Your Breath

Thursdays, October  28  Register Here
November 18  Register Here
9:00 to 9:15 am, led by
Sarah Henderson, LICSW, Faculty and Staff Assistance Office 

(Zoom link will be sent the afternoon before the event)  

A mindfulness practice to check in and help support your self-care before stepping into the busyness of the day.  Come be in quiet community with others as we breathe, ground, and reset.

Coping with the Climate Crisis

Wednesday, November 10
12:00 to 1:00 pm, led by Kelsey Hudson, Ph.D.

Register Here (Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event)

The presentation will focus on how climate change impacts our mental health, common reactions to climate change, and some strategies for coping with the climate crisis. Dr. Hudson will also provide additional resources for individuals who wish to learn more about this topic.

Kelsey Hudson, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Research Scientist in the Child Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. At CARD, Dr. Hudson provides empirically supported assessments and treatments to youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or social-emotional difficulties and conducts research focusing on the psychological effects of climate change on youth. Dr. Hudson also has a strong background in trauma-informed assessments and treatments with American and New American youth and adults. This year, Dr. Hudson received a certificate in Climate Change and Health from the Yale School of Public Health and opened a private practice specializing in supporting individuals who are experiencing climate distress.

Mindful Holidays

Monday, November 22
12:00 to 12:50 pm, led by Karen Brouhard, LICSW

Register Here (Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event)

Holidays are stressful for many of us. The increased demands and pressures can interfere with our feeling connected to the purpose and meaning of our observances.  Mindfulness can help us pause and orient our approach to the holidays to align with our deepest values.  In this workshop, we’ll talk about the opportunities and the challenges posed by the holiday season.  We’ll consider ways to be more present despite the busyness and reflect on what’s most important to us. We’ll practice meditation and set our intentions for caring for ourselves and others in the weeks ahead.


Please contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Office at  fsao@bu.edu or 617-353-5381 if you have any questions.

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive and diverse in our facilities, programming and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical or other health related), require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact the event organizer bewell@bu.edu to discuss your needs.