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Wellness & Behavioral Health Resources


Postdocs are provided wellness and behavioral health services. Behavioral health benefits include the categories of mental health and substance abuse benefits. The behavioral health benefits included in each plan allow you to maximize your mental health and substance abuse benefits by utilizing in-network providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses or social workers, therapists, or other clinicians. Behavioral health benefits are integrated into each of the medical plans; however, they do not use the same networks. Benefits allow for a range of treatment options, from individual and family counseling to substance abuse programs and inpatient treatment facilities

To learn more about Behavioral health benefits, refer to the Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows Benefits Enrollment Guide.


Penn also provides all Postdocs with access to Penn COBALT. Penn COBALT connects PDTs to curated mental health and wellness content, live groups, and individual virtual support. COBALT uses targeted assessments to streamline content and triage PDTs to the right level and type of support. With its embedded scheduling and telehealth capabilities, it provides HIPAA-compliant mental healthcare at a safe distance. The available resources include peers, resilience coaches, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, as well as podcasts, articles, mindfulness sessions, and other group support.

Choose from a variety of options, including one-on-one appointments with doctors, licensed clinicians, or resilience coaches. Penn Cobalt can help with the following methods of treatment and more:

  • Topic specific discussions
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Coping First Aid (CFA)

The CFA program, hosted on Penn COBALT, serves as a resource for individuals who want to speak to someone for support but are not sure they want or need therapy. CFA coaches are trained to address a variety of concerns including those that are work-related, or other stressors, such as being new to Philadelphia, experiencing stress in the family, and much more. Coaches provide a listening ear, assess needs and concerns, and facilitate access to resources, including therapy and other psychological services, when necessary. CFA is free, has flexible scheduling, including during and outside of work hours, and is always confidential. 

Through Penn Cobalt, you can book your appointment online for a time that is available and convenient for you. Payment options vary by provider. Services may be free of charge, covered by insurance, or self-pay, and you may choose to filter by your specific payment preferences including scheduling with an EAP counselor. Penn Cobalt also provides helpful articles with personalized recommendations and revolving studio sessions with experts for you and/or your team focusing on topics like current events, staying active and healthy, and more.

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.