University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
Suicide Prevention
Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Did you know? Santa Clara County has it's own local chapter of NAMI.

Free Resources

  • Support Groups
  • Community Peer Programs
  • Mental Health Education Training
  • Mental Illness Support for Family and Friends
  • Mental Health Advocacy
Crisis Resources
  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255).
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
I CAN: Intervention Center
For Autism Needs

The Intervention Center for Autism Needs is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, CA. The Center is open Monday through Saturday. 


  • In-home and Center-based ABA therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy for parents and siblings of children with autism
  • Feeding, diet, and nutrition consultations
  • Financial assistance

They offer grants to low-income families of children with autism to help them receive services for free. The grants are given through California Autism Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Foundation that was originally founded by SJSU faculty member, Dr. Saba Torabian, in 2014.
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Managing diabetes, heart disease and
other chronic conditions

Work with your doctor to manage your condition. Your doctor can:

  • Counsel you on your disease state

  • Ensure that medication is prescribed and managed properly

  • Uncover new symptoms you may not recognize

  • Modify treatment

  • Adjust medications

  • Research and discuss therapy options

  • Advise you on beneficial lifestyle changes

Let your doctor know about any changes in your health, especially if they have begun to interfere with your day-to-day activities.

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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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I decided over the weekend to take on a project I had been putting off because I felt it might be complex and challenging to do by myself, but I like doing these kinds of projects. I wanted to refinish the master bathroom cabinet. It was this horrible 1990's oak type finish, caramel color, that was annoying me and is featured throughout my home. Last year, I bought the Home Depot Rust-Oleum kit to do this job but put off doing it because it seemed like I bit off more than I could chew; I'm impatient and want things done right away. I like doing a project for my house and it makes me feel accomplished to complete it. I'm very handy if I know how to do it.

This is the first time I really examined the project and planned ahead. I tend to start a project and stop if I get frustrated. But this time, I looked at several YouTube videos to better understand what I was getting myself into. I listened. Of course I originally anticipated being done within a day, however, that did not happen and for once, I was actually OK with it. It was the first time I started a project and relaxed into it and didn't stress out if I didn't finish within a set amount of time. I finished it within 2 weeks. The last polish on the cabinets to lacquer them needed 12 hours to cure and rather than rush it, I let it be. I added updated hardware and the final product was pretty spectacular. I am pleased with the results. My next big item to tackle is my kitchen cabinets....that will require more patience, but I am definitely up for the challenge. 

Kim Gamblin,
Procurement to Payment Services
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Tips for Staying Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That’s a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day.

A few groups need to take particular care to make sure their fluid levels are kept up. These include, but aren't limited to: children, those who are pregnant & breastfeeding, older people and athletes.

While plain water is best for staying hydrated, other food and drinks can help too. Water can be found in fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce, and in soup broths. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas also add to the amount of water you get each day.

If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To help protect the environment, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with filtered tap water.
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink. Try some of these infused spa water recipes.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.

How to know if you’re drinking enough.

Simply waiting for the sensation of thirst is not a good enough sign of a need to drink – by the time we feel thirsty our body is already dehydrated and potentially suffering some of the effects. Equally, simply drinking to eliminate the feeling of thirst does not fully hydrate the body.

The best indicator of good hydration is urine color. A pale straw colored urine being a reliable indicator of good hydration. Darker colored urine is a sure sign that the body needs more fluid. Getting into the habit of drinking regularly is a great way of keeping hydrated.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you’re physically active, or if you have a fever.

There’s no better time to develop good habits of drinking healthy and adequate fluids that meet your specific needs. If you have more questions about what is best for you, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.

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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022