Caring for Yourself

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Life can present challenges from time to time. That’s why we offer programs aimed at supporting you when you need help or want to improve your overall wellbeing. If you’re experiencing a challenging situation in your life, Harvard’s work/life supports may be able to help.

Recovering from Illness or Injury

If you are recovering from an illness or injury, you may find that you need help managing your daily activities until you get back on your feet. Harvard's back-up care services are available to you in these situations. The following resources can help provide assistance:

  • Any eligible employee who faces a disruption that requires a brief absence may use BackupCare for self-care. A professional caregiver can come to your house or to the hospital and provide company, light housekeeping, and/or cooking services while you get back on your feet.
  • If you are eligible, the SOURCE Program may help you to cover some of your costs by reimbursing you up to $350 of back-up care expenses paid to an eligible provider
  • You can also find an extensive list of health care topics on Harvard's EAP site.

Family & Other Concerns

The Office of Work/Life and the EAP extend their support to staff, faculty, and members of your households. Whether you have personal concerns or you're concerned about a family member or relationship, you can reach out to the EAP for a confidential discussion and recommendations to other services.

The EAP is prepared to handle your concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse
  • Marital or relationship concerns
  • Communication problems
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug, alcohol, and gambling problems
  • Legal, financial, and debt counseling

For more information, please contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).