San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone age 16 and older. We encourage all employees and campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones, as well as the campus and greater community as a whole.

Contact your healthcare provider or visit the California Department of Health’s My Turn website to register for your vaccine appointment. Looking for more information about the vaccine? 
COVID-19 Vaccine
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Mental Health and
Emotional Well-being

Image and podcast by: United HealthCare 

This video will cover mental health facts and definitions, common myths associated with mental health, signs of mental health changes, reasons to seek help and ways to support mental well-being.
Coping with Anxiety
Image and podcast by: United HealthCare 

This video will cover why we experience anxiety, how to recognize the signs, and learn how to better cope and manage anxiety.
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Preparing for Re-Entry from COVID-19: Managing Fear and Anxiety:

Tuesday, May 11 
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Facilitated by: Kris Hooks with LifeMatters by Empathia

How do you feel about the world re-opening as the pandemic eases? Having some fear and anxiety is understandable. You will learn practical strategies for managing emotions and preparing for re-entry.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss common concerns, fears and anxieties about re-entry
  • Learn how to empathize with others who might not share your views
  • Choose practical strategies like self-talk, self-care, mindfulness, breathing exercises and soothing techniques
  • Target how to help others, especially children and older adults
  • Understand how and when LifeMatters EAP can help
Once in the session:
  • Enter your name and email address (or registration ID)
  • Enter the session password: u2SdpfNny54
  • Click "Join Now"
  • Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
Attend the Session
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Mental Health Month & Mental Illness Awareness
Article and photo by: Crestline 

For over 70 years, the month of May has been dedicated to raising mental health awareness. During what is widely celebrated as Mental Health Month, organizations like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Mental Health America, and NAMI take this time to spread knowledge and fight stigmas surrounding mental health and well-being. 

Nearly 1 in 5 adults of every age, race and gender face mental health disorders. That’s 44.7 million working Americans according to the CDC. 

National groups like the CDC recommend taking breaks from the news, meditating, taking time to relax, and connecting with family in stressful times. Here are a few more suggestions: 
  • Be Open About Mental Health: Knowledge is key. 
  • Find a Retreat Within your Home: Since many of us are still working from home, it's important that everyone has their own quiet space and time to be alone.
  • Practice Physical Distancing, not Social Distancing: While being physically apart, we can connect socially with friends and family. 
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LifeMatters by
Empathia Services

Are you experiencing anxiety with everything that's happening across the country and around the world? 

Are you worried about returning to work and trying to figure out day care for your children?

You’re not alone. There are many employees feeling this way.

SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs. 

Contact Empathia for more information:
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Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff

Employees are also welcome to contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated counselor for faculty and staff.

Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. 

She is here to help and listen, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Please note, these services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

Student employees may contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for assistance. 
National Lupus Awareness Month
Article and picture by: Lupus Foundation of America 

Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system, the body system that usually fights infections, attacks healthy tissue instead.

Lupus most commonly affects the:
  • Skin
  • Joints
  • Internal organs, like your kidneys and heart
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We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started: How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else.
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Resilience in the Face of an Unexpected, Unusual Diagnosis

My first appointment in ENT was for a hearing test, where the audiogram revealed a hearing loss in my right ear.

Hearing loss! Who, me?
I stared at the audiologist in disbelief, as I gasped for breath under my mask. A flood of questions rushed and roared through my mind. What the…What caused this? Is it connected to menopause? I have not even been sick since last February… Aha! I knew it. I knew it! It was Covid! Covid caused this!

The audiologist gave the condition a name — Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss — and handed me a flyer with more information. Weak in the knees and still processing the diagnosis, I grabbed the flyer and my belongings and stumbled back into the lobby for my appointment with the otolaryngologist (ear specialist).

In January 2021, I was diagnosed with Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss in my right ear, after I developed symptoms such as fullness, muffled hearing, and tinnitus.

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Raji Lukkoor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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SJSU Transportation Solutions Updates: Stay Informed and Ride Safe
Article and photo by: SJSU Transportation Solutions 

As the return to campus plan continues to develop and many of you begin to think about your transportation options, Transportation Solutions hopes to provide you with information so you can make the best choice for you.

To keep up to date visit the Transportation Solutions COVID-19 Updates page where you will find information on transit safety measures, protocols, how to purchase transit passes, and program updates.

If you currently take or want to take different forms of public transportation in the Bay Area visit the Seamless Bay Area fare calculator to determine the cost of your ride. 

Visit the Transportation Solutions website for current business hours or email for questions.

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Homebuyer Informational Webinar 

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST 

Generational wealth is possible! You can work on your plan to buy your first home.

Join City of San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco and Housing Trust Silicon Valley for a free homeownership webinar!

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Homeownership Expo

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST 

This event is for Bay Area first-time homebuyers with LIVE training sessions and panel discussions with Realtors and Lenders.
Interact with sponsors in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, and access resources.

In addition, some sessions will be available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Informational Sessions
Additional Resources 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • SJSU Staff Council encourages staff campus engagement, promotes a positive staff culture and actively participates in University affairs. 
Upcoming Webinars
  • Kaiser Permanente: Thriving Schools-Stories of the Next Normal from our Schools, Districts and Families webinar recording

  • Kaiser Permanente: Mindful Eating webinar recording. The webinar recording is good through Monday, May 10, 2021
Online Training Opportunities
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022