2: mental health and well being

In the interviews, workers and prospective workers emphasized the stress and pressure of both work and the job search. So in response, I’ve compiled a list of mental health and well being related resources that hopefully you’ll find interesting.

I also want to include a disclaimer that I am in no way a medical professional, and these resources here are for informational or educational purposes only. They do not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals.

1. The Crisis Text Line

  • Text anything to 741741 
  • The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.
  • The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.

2. Podcasts

  • WorkLife with Adam Grant
    • Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. 
  • The Happiness Lab
    • This is Dr. Laurie Santos’s podcast, the happiness lab. 
    • Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students what the science of psychology says about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. The class is Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years and has been adapted into a free Coursera program that has been taken by over 3.3 million people. 
  • “On Purpose”
    • Podcast by Jay Shetty. Interviews with many insightful experts on how to live a productive, happy, and fulfilled life.

3. Plum Village Mindfulness App

  • The Plum Village app is one of the few mindfulness apps that offer completely free content, including high quality, rare guided meditations offered by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as many other monastic teachers in this Buddhist tradition. It’s a great way to support your daily meditations.
  • The app features resources treasured by thousands of Plum Village practitioners, like guidance on practicing with the inner child, the famous pebble meditation, the four mantras, the five contemplations before eating, guided deep relaxations (body scan), music tracks with practice songs and chants offered by nuns, monks, and lay practitioners, and even nature sounds recorded in the Plum Village Monastery in France, and other practice centers around the world.

4. Brene Brown Resources

  • Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy; and is the author of six #1 New York Times best sellers. She hosts the weekly Spotify original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.
  • This is her website, with a ton of resources on everything from belonging to work culture.