The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides employer-paid mental health and other well-being resources for UW System employees and their household family members.
Mental health is a critical part of overall health. Everyone faces challenges in life that may impact their mental health. If life challenges are making it difficult for you to cope, how do you know if what you are experiencing is anxiety or depression? When is it time to get professional help? Are you turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope?
Don’t wait to reach out for mental health support. Contact the EAP today for help.
The EAP is available twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year to help you connect with a counselor either in-person or virtually to discuss your concerns. Household family members are also eligible for counseling. EAP counseling is confidential and solution-focused with the goal of bringing measurable improvement to the situation.
Grief and Loss Support: Grief and loss are difficult emotions that most everyone experiences. The past few years have been especially difficult. Your EAP can help you work through the emotions that may be causing you distress.
Financial Support: Financial struggles can be a significant source of stress. EAP financial advisors can address your specific concerns and help you determine solutions for managing your financial situation. Take advantage of this free service.
Daily Living Support: Stress associated with daily life can be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a cleaning service, realtor, new gym, dog walker, day care options or a moving company, contact the EAP. The EAP will conduct a search and present their findings to you so you can evaluate your options.
Legal Support: Seeking legal advice can be time consuming and expensive. Through the EAP, you have access to creating wills, and a free 30-minute legal consultation with an attorney with expertise in your matter. If you choose to retain the attorney, there will be a 25% reduction in the hourly rate.
Resources: The EAP webpage includes contact information and resources.
Source: UW System Human Resources
May is Mental Health Awareness month!
In the spirit of helping you live your best life, especially during these trying times, we’ve rounded up some LinkedIn Learning courses that can help you prioritize your mental health.
Access to some selected Mental Health Courses
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The Stressless Challenge is taking place from February 28 – March 27. Challenge yourself to find 5 minutes each day to focus on something that helps you feel good and earn incentive credit while you’re at it.
Stress can have surprising effects on overall health, from the way we think and feel to the way we eat and behave. There are lots of ways stress can affect you, but you can have a major effect on your stress, too. Taking as little as 5 minutes for yourself to unwind each day can make a difference. There are lots of ways to relieve stress—what works for you is what’s important. Try stretching, meditating, or doing something you enjoy.
Enjoy downtime every day
Did you know taking “me time” can help you become more mindful, which can help you sleep better, stay on top of stress and improve your heart health? Be sure to register before March 7, and start reducing stress and restoring your well-being.
During the Stressless challenge, you’ll track your downtime for 21 of 28 days between February 28 and March 27. Take five minutes to relax for 21 days to enjoy better well-being! Completing the Stressless Challenge counts as completing your well-being activity, which is one step toward earning $150. (Complete your health assessment and a health check, too, to earn the full amount.)
Did you know this week is Random Acts of Kindness Week? According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, “There are scientifically proven benefits of being kind. The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to ‘pay it forward.’ This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day for dozens of people! This month celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and reap some of those benefits for your team.”
The kindness calendars provide many easy, practical and effective ideas for improving your wellness as well as those around you, and there is a new idea each day of the year! We still have some calendars left, so just email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one sent to you. If you prefer an online calendar, or just want to check it out, click here to view the calendar online.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
UW-Green Bay has received 100 full-size 2022 Kindness Calendars as part of UW-System’s wellness initiative! Each day includes an activity/thought/suggestion to help improve your life.
- Please email email@example.com to request a calendar and we’ll send you one!
- Complete and check off at least 21 of the activities.
- Complete this survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESA2022) to receive your code.
- Enter that code on the Rewards tab at https://webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin/ under “My Reward” and “Employer Sponsored Activity” before October 14, 2022. This would take care of the “Activity” step to get your $150 wellness incentive!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”
~ Maya Angelou