Empathy and Well-being

In this episode of our Wellness Talk, Dr. Hannah Bayne joins us to discuss empathy and the impact it has on our health and well-being.

Bayne is an assistant professor in UF’s School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, and is interested in research and teaching related to empathy development. This stems from her drive to understand the experiences of another person, including how counselors can effectively and competently work with clients across cultural divides — particularly those of race, ethnicity and sexual identity.

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  • Developing Empathy – Eight strategies and worksheets to become more empathetic.
  • Brené Brown on Empathy – What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr. Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
  • How to be More Empathetic – This New York Times article explores some strategies to develop and practice empathy.
  • UF Employee Assistance Program – The EAP offers UF employees and household members someone to talk to, referrals and resources to consult 24/7.
  • UF Health EAP – The UF Health EAP is designed to help UF Health employees and their families with concerns or problems that may be troubling them.
  • Mental Health Service Access Line – For UF and UF Health employees seeking assistance identifying area providers to meet specific needs. Faculty, staff and their dependents may call (352) 627-0032 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to receive assistance.
  • Supportive Gators Program – This workshop is designed to improve social, emotional and mental health outcomes for those affected by social isolation and loneliness. The program empowers UF community members to strengthen their current social support networks and build new networks, as needed.
  • Leif Stringer: Teaching self-empathy and deeper listening – In this UF at Work interview, Leif Stringer, UF Levin College of Law resource counselor, discussed nonviolent communication and self-empathy.

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