Each month, SupportLinc, provider of behavioral health care for employees on the West Lafayette campus, offers a featured topic on its web portal. April’s feature is “Living in the Moment to Reduce Stress.”
Living in the now to reduce anxiety is a popular topic and is specifically addressed in the New York Times bestseller, “The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle. Tolle’s teachings are outlined on Just Mind’s website page, “Minimize Anxiety & Depression by Living in the Now.” The main theory suggests that by reminiscing in the past, individuals often are reminded of pain, depression, guilt and more, and thinking about the future can cause anxiety and worry. What’s left then? Living in the now and focusing on whether there is a problem right now, which Tolle argues more times than not the answer will be “no.”
Meditation and mindfulness practices can be used to help individuals focus on the now, and there are University resources to help.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
The behavioral health pillar of Purdue’s Healthy Boiler Program advocates integrated care programs that focus on behavioral health and community support. The resources above and below align with that mission.
To assist faculty and staff
Review the “Mental Health Resources” webpage for a variety of available resources for faculty and staff, including SupportLinc and LiveHealth Online Psychology and Psychiatry, which are in place to assist with mental health issues, and information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse.
To assist students
Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100% on the Purdue student health plan.