We have collected the following resources for the Amherst College community as you continue to navigate your health and wellness through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to add resources to this page as they become available and as the needs of the community change.

Mental and Emotional Wellness

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

DeStress Monday

DeStress Monday shares regular tips and guides to help you start every week with a positive frame of mind. Begin with the Monday Refresh practice and enjoy the benefits all week long

Employee Assistance Program (EAP), New Directions

EAP provides safe, judgement-free, no-cost-to-you opportunities to talk with a licensed professional about what you or a household member are feeling or experiencing. Counseling Sessions through the EAP are confidential. Your personal information will not be shared with your employer. On your time, any time, you can connect with a licensed clinician in-the-moment, via telephone, face-to-face or online (message, chat or video).

  • Visit the EAP website (company code: Amherst College) or contact them at (800) 624-5544.

Webinars & Tip Sheets

New Directions has a collection of webinars related to the Covid - 19 pandemic (as well as additional topics).  Below is a sample of webinars you will find on their website:

New Directions also provides the following tipsheets realted to dealing with stress, conflict resolution and wellness.

For staff and faculty who supervise others, management services such as unlimited consultation with an expert, webinars, tip sheets and more can help:

  • Recognize when an employee may be having a hard time processing these difficult events and how you can help them.
  • Guide you through how to safely and effectively talk about difficult topics.
  • Promote regular resources to help employees improve their mental health and productivity.
  • Help give you the words and tools to refer employees to EAP services.
  • Manage conflict or violence between co-workers or at/on worksites.

Remote Memorial Services and Spiritual Counseling

Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) is offering remote memorial services, and spiritual counseling, for any Amherst College community member who has lost a loved one and is unable to gather in person to mourn and celebrate that person's life. Contact RSL Director Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu) or visit the RSL homepage for more information and resources.

Resources from the Amherst College Counseling Center

A person writing on a piece of paper with another person in the background with their hands folded in their lap The Counseling Center provides the Daily Well, a collection of short wellness practices, as well as the Self Care and Stress Reduction Resource Collection, with topics on stress management, wellness, and health living.

Read more about the Daily Well and visit the collection of practices.


Health Benefits

The coronavirus, a gray ball with red spikes pointing out of it Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) has set up a Coronavirus Resource Center, which has access to virtual care, details on waived costs for COVID-19 related treatment, articles and information on how to protect yourself and others, and more.

Coverage is a news service of BCBSMA dedicated to clear, engaging news reporting on important health issues. The health field is filled with vital, inspiring human stories. Coverage tells those stories through in-depth features, videos and incisive reports on the issues consumers face and the policy debates that will determine the future of our health care system.

Flexible Spending Accounts Updates

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the IRS has made certain enhancements to the Flexible Spending Account (FSA).  Due to these enhancements, Amherst College will amend the 2019 FSA plan year (7/1/2019-6/30/2020) and extend the grace period through December 31, 2020. If you are currently enrolled in the Healthcare FSA or Dependent Care FSA plan, you now have until 12/31/2020 to utilize any outstanding funds. No action is required to take advantage of this - simply continue to submit eligible expenses to WageWorks.

Any 2020 plan year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) changes requested after June 15, 2020 will require a status change. For dependent care, a status change can include a change in child care expenses or the opening of a daycare center that is currently closed.  


Additional Resources

Care.com

Care.com provides access to the world's largest network of care providers for backup child and adult care and ongoing care for children, seniors, pets, and the home. Examples include child care (nannies, daycare centers, sitters, tutors), adult care (in-home assistance, companion care, transportation needs), pet care (dog walkers, pet sitters) and home care (cleaning, errands, odd jobs).

Care.com Coronavirus Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Care.com Back to School 2020 Resources Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Resources for Remote Work

The Resources for Remote Work page created by the Amherst College Learning and Development team provides access to the Return to Campus Exchange as well a collection of remote work tips and best practices for staff and supervisors/chairs.

TIAA Resources

If ups and downs in financial markets have you second guessing your investment strategy or wondering if you should move all your assets to less risky territory, take a deep breath. Here are tips from TIAA to help you get through market volatility and stay on course toward goals.

TIAA webinars focus on topics that can help keep your financial goals on track. All webinars are one hour. Please register online to reserve your spot in a webinar.

BenefitHub Quarantine Relief Category

To help you during this time, BenefitHub has created a new category called Quarantine Relief (sign-in required) for Amherst College. This new category will make it easier for you to find savings on things that can help you right now at home and have been curated to ensure you do not have to leave your home to benefit from the savings. There will also be new offers added regularly. They include:

  • Staying healthy
  • Home food delivery
  • At-home fitness
  • Entertainment
  • Family activities
  • Grocery delivery
  • Financial wellness
  • Education

Amherst College Community

Amherst College Mammoth

Though we can't all be together on campus, we are still a community of Amherst College Mammoths. Please use the links below for ways to stay connected to the herd. 

Colleague Resource Groups

The mission of Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) is to create an affirming gathering space for all staff and faculty interested in sharing identities, experiences and/or interests.

Project Snapshot

Project Snapshot (log in required) is a photo-sharing site brought to you by the Employee Council and the Office of Human Resources.