Wellness Resource Committee


The Department Wellness Committee coordinates with the university, college, department, faculty, staff and student groups to promote and support the health and wellbeing of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our mission is to serve as a department resource to promote psychological, emotional, and physical wellbeing among department members, with a primary focus on graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The information below is geared towards resources that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick Access to University and Community Supports:

  • Basic Needs (e.g., housing, utilities, childcare)
    • MU Students can refer to the Student Life section of the MU Graduate School website for information on housing on- and off-campus, transportation, area schools, healthcare, faith communities, and a wide range of city resources and community activities.
    • For basic needs (e.g., housing, food, utilities, employment, childcare) during COVID-19, please check Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services for the most current, up-to-date supports in our area. You can also call 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626 (TTY 1-866-385-6525) or go online to United Way wherever you are currently located in order to access services in your area.
  • Medical Care:
    • If you need emergency medical care, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department: University Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Boone Hospital.
    • MU Students can refer to the Student Medical Insurance section of the MU Graduate School website for information on health insurance. A full range of healthcare, including primary care, behavioral health, psychiatry and other specialized care, is offered by MU’s Student Health Center. Students can call 573-882-9107 for questions about the insurance policy and specific areas of coverage.
  • Mental Healthcare:
  • Student Supports for Teaching, Learning and Research:
  • Self-Care and Connection:
    • MU has many events for self-care and social connection provided on the MU Engage page, including those focused on health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, arts and culture: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/events. You can also find Stuff to Do at MU on FB at https://www.facebook.com/StuffToDoAtMU/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StuffToDoAtMU.
    • Our department has several resources posted: Psych Sciences COVID-19 Resources.
    • Our department also co-sponsors the Healing from Racial Injustices group which meets weekly at the Multicultural Center. The purpose of this group is to provide a space for people of color to: Process violence against people of color; Validate and affirm one another; Process race-related macro and microaggressions; Heal as a community. This group has been run every semester since 2015.
    • Students, faculty and staff can also join Mindful Wednesdays via ZOOM every Wednesday at 1pm for 30 minutes of guided meditation, teaching on mindfulness, and an opportunity to share or ask questions. This is a time to connect with other members of the Psychological Sciences community while campus is closed. NO prior experience necessary. Check out Psych Sciences Facebook for more details.