Whether in the homeland or the diaspora community, Uyghurs are struggling to cope with extreme mental stress, anxiety, grief, and trauma. It takes a toll on our daily lives. But we do not need to deal with it on our own. There is a community of wellness professionals who want to stand in solidarity with us. 

The Uyghur Wellness Initiative is supported by passionate, caring wellness professionals around the US who are eager to assist Uyghurs amidst this crisis.

If you know of anyone suffering from stress, despair, and grief, there are trained professionals who can meet privately with them to provide help, at low cost or no cost. Your name, and the name of the person asking for help, will be kept 100% confidential. You can ask about this in several ways

Email the Uyghur Wellness Initiative at All names will be kept confidential. 

If we are not able to connect you with a counselor, there are other resources available that we can recommend.  Scroll to the bottom of this webpage to find another resource - free health & wellness coaching.


“She [my counselor] makes time for me, listens to me, and sends me resources. It helps a lot…” - Rena

“It’s been very helpful, my counselor gives me good suggestions. He has helped me set up goals like exercise, not to overschedule myself, and finding someone to be accountable to. When we first started I never believed I could have made such progress.” - Envar


Free Health & Wellness Coaching from University of Vermont Trainees

See attached PDF for more information about this service.  To get paired with a trainee, contact

TestimonialMy health and wellness coach was so wonderful. She was so patient and understanding, and really helped me a lot.

-- Uyghur client after 8 weeks of free health coaching in Spring 2022

Are you interested in help maintaining your health and wellbeing? Consider working with a wellness coach to find strategies for improving your physical wellbeing, restful sleep, stress management, mind-body health, family relationships, or work-life balance.

What do health coaches do? Health and wellness coaches will guide you to establish goals and make progress for healthy habits that matter to you. Health and Wellness Coaches do not tell you what to do. Instead, they support you in the strategies that you select.

What is coaching like? Usually, you will meet with a coach for 30- 45 minutes each time, for 3-6 coaching sessions. All meetings are virtual. Free coaching available Trainees working for certification at the University of Vermont are offering free coaching.

Please contact Susan Whitman at to connect with a student trainee in the University of Vermont Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching program.