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No Really, How Are You?

Emergency Medicine physician Megan Fix shares her personal story of how the simple act of a colleague asking, “No really, how are you?” changed her life.

Setting the Stage for Psychological Safety: 6 Steps for Leaders

Creating psychological safety for your team is a process that takes time, vulnerability from you as a leader, and collaboration from others. Psychiatrists Jen O’Donohoe and Kristi Kleinschmit share 6 practical next steps for when psychological safety might be a little off on your team.

Why Practice Gratitude at Work

While Americans are less likely to express gratitude at work than anywhere else, it’s sorely needed – especially in health care. Associate professor/lecturer of social work Trinh Mai explains the importance of gratitude and shares tips for incorporating it into your routine.

When Emotions Run High, Here's How to Respond

Health care is full of high emotion—especially right now. Thankfully, there’s a simple framework we can follow to de-escalate with compassion. Hospitalist and UACT co-director Claire Ciarkowski introduces NURSE: a simple mnemonic for responding with empathy.

Say Goodbye to Physical Stress with These Three Tips

Stress manifests itself physically in the body. Throughout the past year, we’ve all been exhibiting stress physically to varying degrees. Tasha shares exercises and tips to reduce the physical manifestation of stress.

Unwrap Toxic Positivity

For many of us, focusing only on the positive—at the expense of experiencing a negative emotion—has been taught and expected. But why not adapt and learn from something so unique as an authentic human emotion? Sr. Director of Employee Experience Christian Sherwood shares learning from psychologist Susan David.

Using Check-In Questions to Promote Well-Being

Wellness Champions use prompts to check-in during meetings, team huddles, hand-offs, etc. Learn this simple way to help your team reconnect to purpose, be more engaged, focused, and cohesive.

4 Ways Clinical Teams Can Set Healthy Work/Life Boundaries

Establishing work/life boundaries as a clinician is easier said than done. Family medicine physician Stacey Bank and social worker Christina Cackler of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic share how to establish healthy boundaries based on individual team member needs.


Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment—open to where we are and what we’re doing with a sense of acceptance. Associate professor/lecturer of social work and mindfulness instructor Trinh Mai explains why mindfulness is important and how she and colleagues incorporate it into their daily life.

“I’m Really Worried About You” — How to Have a Conversation with a Colleague About Suicide

Coworkers are often the first to recognize when a peer is struggling under extreme stress. Psychiatrist Kristin Francis and psychologist Rob Davies share how to break through the discomfort and talk to your struggling colleague.

Peer Support Toolkit

The Resiliency Center uses a peer support model to provide increased institutional support for UUH employees during, or after, adverse clinical events and other stressful situations. Jake Van Epps and Megan Call share resources for joining the Peer Support Program and helping others process and cope with trauma.

Why It Shouldn't Be So Hard To Talk About Suicide

The number one goal of the Zero Suicide initiative is to create a culture where we feel comfortable talking openly about suicide. Program manager Rachael Jasperson turns to U of U business school’s Eric VanEpps to learn the evidence-based case for overcoming our discomfort when discussing sensitive subjects.