Be Well and Stay Connected:  Resources and Support

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) is open and continues to serve as a resource to support faculty within the BSD.  Your health – including your mental health – is important.  Please visit this site often as we are actively adding resources and developing opportunities to engage remotely. We welcome your questions, additional resources, and ideas for being well and staying connected. Contact us at:


Support your Mental Health
  • Around-the-clock support to help manage stress and anxiety is provided by Perspectives, our employee assistnce program.  Call 800-456-6327, visit Perspectives Online, or connect via the Spark App (username: UNI500 / password: perspectives).
  • The UCMC Benefits and Wellness Team compiled a Reslience Toolkit for your wellness needs.
  • The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is offering up to 8 free therapy sessions for frontline workers. Call (312) 897-1405 or email for an initial assessment and to be connected to a therapist.
  • Woebot, Sanvello, and MoodGYM are apps that provides tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Happify is a free app with activities and games that can help lower stress. It also has tools and programs to improve well-being.
  • Remente is a free app with tools to help make plans, set smart goals, and keep track of your daily tasks.
  • Virtual Hope Box: designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment; contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.
  • A Chaplain is available 24/7. Page 7008 to reach the Chaplain on site. Video and phone options are available. Contact Marsha Sumner, Spiritual Care Manager: 773-702-6986 or Care of the human spirit throughdebriefing, sharing, emotional support; help exploring moral and ethical dimensions of healthcare and related stress; religious specific support, such as prayer, available.
  • COVID Coach App created by the Veterans Administration and available to everyone.  Trackers to check your mood, measure your growth toward personal goals and visualize progress over time.
  • More resources below.
Resources for Parents
  • Parenting During a Pandemic:  Strategies for Sustainability – cognitive-behavioral strategies that have been demonstrated to be helpful during this trying time
  • The Family Resource Center is offering two free classes and a Zoom discussion group:
    • Storytime with Laura. Wednesdays, June 24 – August 26, from 11 – 11:30 a.m. These sessions combine thematic stories with songs, props, movement, and the occasional puppet. The target age is children 2 – 5 years old, though all ages are welcome.
    • Food from Around the World. Thursdays, June 25 – August 27, 3:30 – 4 p.m. Cook with your children in your own kitchen while imagining you are visiting and sharing food with friends in faraway places. The target age is children 3 – 7 years old.
    • Parenting in the Pandemic. Dates/times TBD by participants. Quarantine has led to many challenges for UChicago faculty as parents and scholars. Participate in a group discussion with your colleagues to share concerns and ideas and offer support.
      For more information and session meeting links, email Laura Macgregor at or Lizanne Phalen at 
  • Bright Horizons – UChicago Child Development Center – Drexel CenterHours: M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Contact: Tierra Burton at 773-256-0000
    Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep
    Serving children of faculty members, other academic appointees, staff, students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medicine who are essential employees required to go into work due to COVID-19 efforts. Contact the Center directly (Tierra Burton) in advance as they are experiencing daily changes to availability.
  • UC Moms is a resource group that advocates for and provides resources to parents across the University. The group currently meets via Zoom on the third Friday of each month from noon – 1 p.m., though the timing is subject to change. The group’s upcoming meeting topics include “Keeping Your Kids Safe Through the Summer” and “Speaking with Your Kids About Race.” For more information and to join the UC Moms group, email Laura Merkin at
  • Virtual Babysitting Program: The Office of the Provost launched a virtual babysitting and tutoring program during the Spring Quarter to support faculty members working from home and caring for young children. The program will continue through the Summer Quarter. Please complete this request form so we can connect you with a UChicago undergraduate student sitter. For more information, contact Liv Leader at
  • Finding a Nanny, Daycare, or Summer Camp: As childcare centers begin reopening, many families may feel more comfortable finding a smaller daycare or hiring a nanny than sending their child to daycare. Sarah Diwan at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is a great resource for locating a nanny or babysitter in Hyde Park area. The organization also advertises activities on Facebook. Perspectives offers a similar service focused on Chicago’s North Side and the suburbs.
  • Community Events: The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club has moved many of its events online. Get details and Zoom links for Spanish story time, art classes, and music classes on their calendar.
  • Connect with Other Parents Online: Faculty families can connect with each other and learn more about family-oriented campus programming through the Academics with Young Children Network and the Academics with Young Children Facebook page. The Student Parent Listserv (not just for student parents!) and the Hyde Park Parent Support Network are active lists in the University community.
Move Your Body
Have Fun at Home
  • Resources and activities for families compiled by UChicago’s myCHOICE program
  • The Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera each night for free.
  • The National Theatre is streaming a production a week each Thursday.
  • You can stream Broadway musicals for free for one week with a trial from the service BroadwayHD, and Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming a production of one of his musicals on YouTube every week.
  • If a dance party is more your style, check out the DJs streaming live sets on Instagram. 
  • If you are missing sports, the NHL, NBA, and NFL are all offering limited-time free access to classic games and other content. 
  • The website collects many more ideas and challenges to try.
Feed your Brain
Stay Connected
Help your Community

Free, temporary housing for UCM/BSD faculty and staff who must work on site; priority given to those in high-risk areas or who have vulnerable family members at home. COVID-19 Housing Intake Form

UChicago Forward: the latest updates on plans for resuming activities on campus, public health protocols, and resources

Additional Employee Resources

The information on this website is by no means comprehensive.  This website is meant for information only and not intended to be an official endorsement of any particular program or resource.  As the public health crisis is rapidly evolving, so too is the availability of these resources.