Thrive Everyday, September 2022

Sept. 9, 2022
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It is crucial that we break the silence and stigma of suicide and mental health. Participate in National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by listening, sharing stories, showing compassion, and providing hope to those struggling. Talking about suicide can help saves lives!

Approximately 38% of adults in the United States have high cholesterol. During National Cholesterol Education Month, take time to schedule a screening and understand your cholesterol levels to lower your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this monthly benefits newsletter will make it easy and convenient for you to do just that.

Mental Wellness


Suicide Awareness
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. Become better educated on the signs, symptoms, and risk factors, as well as what support and resources are available.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, noon
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Grief Check-In: Suicide Loss
This group session is designed to help those who have lost a loved one due to suicide, and to work towards resolving their grief and pain. Participation is anonymous.
Thursday, September 29, 1:00 p.m.
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From prevention to intervention, Carebridge, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), can help. The benefit includes free, confidential 24/7 support and counseling services, life coaching, and more, to support you and your family. In addition to our traditional EAP, Carebridge counselors are available for in-person counseling at the Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander Street on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Schedule your appointment online.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Dial 988 for immediate assistance.

For additional resources about suicide awareness and prevention, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website.


Struggling with suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone who is feeling depressed or overwhelmed by difficulties such as grief, loss, financial burdens, relationship problems, health issues, cultural pressures, or loneliness. Watch this video about coping, and remember, seeking help is a sign of strength.

To use this confidential benefit, call (866) 695-8622 or visit Health Advocate. 

Physical Wellness

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Getting Your Cholesterol Checked

High cholesterol usually has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know whether you have high cholesterol is to do a simple blood test, called a “lipid profile,” to measure your cholesterol levels.

CDC Optimal Cholesterol Levels  
Total cholesterol About 150 mg/dL
LDL (“bad”) cholesterol About 100 mg/dL
HDL (“good”) cholesterol

Greater than or equal to 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women

Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL

Family history, age, gender, inactive lifestyle, unhealthy diet, and smoking are all risk factors that affect your cholesterol levels. Get screened and speak to your health care provider about reducing your risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or developing diabetes.

My Health Coach

Raising your good cholesterol (HDL), along with lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL), can reduce your chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Why Health Coaching?
Attend this panel discussion to learn about the many benefits and incentives that health coaching can provide you with.
Wednesday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.
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The My Health Coach Program can help you manage your overall health. Health Coaches work with you to meet your goals. All visits are free and confidential. To set up your first appointment call (866) 237-0973 or send an email.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. MSK Kids, the largest pediatric program in the country, has unparalleled expertise and treatment approaches for children, teenagers, and young adults with cancer, immune deficiencies, and blood disorders. At MSK Kids, their team of experts puts caring for children and their families in the center of all they do.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, has been told by a doctor there is a suspicion of cancer, or would like to discuss treatment options, please contact MSK Direct by calling Princeton’s dedicated phone line at (844) 303-2123, available 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday or visit their website.

Financial Wellness


Reminder: 2022 Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Balances  
Expenses must be incurred by December 31, 2022, to be eligible for reimbursement. Healthcare FSA (HFSA) dollars can be used for many out-of-pocket medical expenses including copays, deductibles, over the counter medications, glasses, and more. HFSA balances of $50 up to $570 will be eligible to be rolled over into 2023. Note that the $570 rollover limit for the HFSA is for 2022, since the IRS has not yet announced any changes for 2023. The Dependent Care FSA does not allow rollovers; unused balances will be forfeited.

Bright Horizons

Introducing Bright Horizons College Coach®, a no-cost program designed to help parents and children understand post-high school education options. Their experts will assist with the application process, essay writing, building college lists, navigating financial aid, and much more.  

Upcoming Live Events

Tuesday, September 20
Preparing College Applications

Wednesday, October 12
Navigating the FAFSA and Other Financial Aid Applications

Wednesday, October 19
Paying for College

Tuesday, November 15
Saving for College

To use the Bright Horizons College Coach®platform or sign up for a live event, you must be registered with Bright Horizons. Visit Existing users should login with personal credentials. New users should click “Sign Up” and enter username “Princeton” / password: “care4you.” You will then be prompted to create a new account.

For questions about College Coach® call (888) 527-3550 or email

NOTICE: If you receive a communication from the Retirement Clearinghouse, please be advised that it is legitimate and is in reference to the Princeton University Retirement Plan ERISA settlement. If you have any questions, call the Retirement Clearinghouse at (888) 472-7678.  If you would like to read more about the settlement, go to Nicolas v. The Trustees of Princeton University.


Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Opening Doors to the Future – Save in a 529 College Savings Plan” and “Help Protect You, Your Family, and Your Money.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.  

TIAA offers individual retirement counseling sessions, either online, by phone or in-person which provide in-depth planning assistance. To schedule an appointment, register online.


CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants with timely, relevant, and actionable content to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting in-person sessions on Friday, September 30. Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.

To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948. For more information, including articles, videos, and other valuable resources, visit the CAPTRUST website.


Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.  

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 

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Whatever challenges you’re facing, help is available. Get more details on the HR website.


For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.