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Healthy Campus Initiative - Mental Health

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What is Mental Health

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. —World Health organization


To create a culture of flourishing mental health among all members of the UCR campus community regardless of any existing mental health challenges – inspired by the Dual Axis Model of Mental Health. Individual with chronic mental illness diagnoses can be supported to flourish in their functioning and achievement at UCR.

Dual Axis Model of Mental Health


  • Conduct a mental health review and develop an inventory of existing mental health resources
  • Launch a mental health literacy campaign to increase campus knowledge of mental health, decrease stigma and address salient barriers to care.
  • Contribute to and sustain a health academic community through ongoing education, research and coursework on mental health

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Stress Free UCR

Dr. Kate Sweeny, Associate Professor of Psychology and UCR  Healthy Campus would like to invite you to participate in “Stress Free UCR.”  Stress Free UCR is an 8-week stress management program using the Headspace™ app. The app will be provided free to study participants.

If you already enrolled in the study, thank you for your participation! We are now seeking new participants to enroll in this ongoing study.

What Do We know About Work Stress

Job stress is one of the major sources of stress reported by American adults. High work stress can lead to poor mental and physical health, including depression, anxiety, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In fact, an estimated 5-8% of annual U.S. healthcare costs are due to work-related stressors.

Stress Free at UCR

Across the UC campuses, scientists are working towards a future where stress no longer damages our bodies and minds. By partnering mindfulness with technology, the study aims to build a happier, less-stressed future for staff across UC campuses. Participate and receive a free one-year subscription to the Headspace™ app and the opportunity to win raffle prizes throughout the program.


Visit (or for more information about the study and to take the brief eligibility screening survey. If you’re eligible for the study, you’ll get more information at the end of the screening. You can also contact the research team by emailing or contacting Kate Sweeny (UCR Project Coordinator) or Julie Chobdee (Wellness Program Coordinator).

Study Timeline

You will be asked complete online questionnaires about your health, lifestyle, and feelings. This will take between 5-20 minutes each time and will happen at:

  • The beginning of the study
  • +4-weeks
  • +8-weeks
  • +4-months
  • +12-months
What Do I Get for Participating
  • Free 1 year subscription to Headspace™
  • Raffle prizes:
    • $100 gift cards to local restaurants
    • $50 gift cards to UCR bookstore
    • Raffles will be conducted by email every two weeks. Contact if you want to enter the raffle without participating in the study.
For More Information


Contact Kate Sweeny, Professor of Psychology or Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program Coordinator

Pain and Wellbeing StudyPain and Well-Being Study

The Pain and Well-Being study is a Healthy Campus Initiative paid study assessing the relationship between positive activities and pain. You are invited to participate in this study which will require roughly 2 hours total over the course of several weeks.

Your voluntary participation will include a 30-45 minute survey to be completed 3 times over the duration of the study. In addition, you will be asked to complete an activity once a week for 4 weeks and respond to weekly questions which will take a few minutes to complete. The first survey will be completed in person on campus and the remaining participation will be completed online. We will work with you to meet you on campus or schedule your visit to the lab at a time that is convenient for you.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. If you are not able to participate, but would like to enter the drawing, please send an email to

You must be 18 years or older to participate in this study, are experiencing pain which interferes with your day-to-day life and are not currently seeking psychiatric or psychological treatment for your pain.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the researchers at to schedule your first visit.

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Undergraduate Students


  • Supporting Distressed and Distressing Students
  • Let's Talk Training
  • Kognito Online Training to help students in crisis

Faculty and Staff

Graduate Students

Local Resources

  • Riverside Community Hospital ER
    4445 Magnolia Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92501
    (951) 788-3200 |
  • Riverside County Regional Medical Center
    26520 Cactus Avenue
    Moreno Valley, CA 92555
    (951) 486-5650 |
  • Parkview Hospital
    3865 Jackson Street
    Riverside, CA 92503
    (951) 688-2211 |
  • Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center
    (951) 686-RAPE or (951) 686-7273
  • Riverside Helpline
    24 Hour Suicide/Crisis Intervention
    (951) 686-help or (951) 686-4357

National Studies and Resources

Nutrition Healthy Eating subcommittee
Elizabeth MondragonElizabeth Mondragon

Staff Co-Chair


Karen McCombKaren McComb

Staff Co-Chair

Student Health & Wellness

Ann CheneyAnne Cheney

Faculty Co-Chair

School of Medicine

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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-2672

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