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COVID-19 Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program, in conjunction with UMMC, continues to monitor the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 while following CDC protocol and guidelines.

We are committed to supporting the behavioral health needs of the campus community and remain open and accessible. We can be reached on our main line at 667-214-1555. Staff is available for in-person, phone and telehealth options.

Email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) directly for appointments, questions or additional concerns.

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

Stress management and active self-care are vital during this time of uncertainty. Use the following in response to crisis and to cope with a disaster:

Take care of your body
Eat healthy, balanced meals; exercise regularly and get sleep

Connect with others
Utilize and maintain relationships and support systems

Take breaks
Make time to unwind; practice deep breathing and stretching

Stay informed
Missing or inaccurate information can contribute to heightened anxiety or nervousness; Watch/listen/read updates from trusted officials

Seek help
If distress is negatively impacting your daily life, utilize resources available

Download the PDF for useful links and numbers

Reach Out for COVID-19 Help

The Employee Assistance Program, in conjunction with UMMC, continues to monitor the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 while following CDC protocol and guidelines.

We are committed to supporting the behavioral health needs of the campus community and remain open and accessible to employees and family members. We can be reached on our main line at 667-214-1555. Staff is available for phone and secure telehealth video options.

Email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) directly for appointments, questions or additional concerns.

Stress Management and Self-Care

Stress management and active self-care are vital during this time of uncertainty. Use the following in response to crisis and to cope with a disaster:

Take care of your body
Eat healthy, balanced meals; exercise regularly and get sleep

Connect with others
Utilize and maintain relationships and support systems

Take breaks
Make time to unwind; practice deep breathing and stretching

Stay informed
Missing or inaccurate information can contribute to heightened anxiety or nervousness; Watch/listen/read updates from trusted officials

Seek help
If distress is negatively impacting your daily life, utilize resources available

Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out for Help

If these ideas seem too difficult to incorporate or you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or the inability to sleep or function, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. FPI EAP remains available to provide confidential counseling by phone or secure telehealth as a benefit to eligible employees and family members.

Call 667-214-1555 or email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) to schedule an appointment.

Download the PDF for suggested resources and apps

Tips for Working from Home While Parenting

It is insanely hard to parent full-time, work from home, and deal with mounting expenses in an unpredictable health pandemic. But we are going to give you some ideas for coping.

Split the Work If You Can

If you have a partner, tag team or split the tasks so each of you has specific areas to cover. You’ve maximized the nap times or kids’ favorite shows to squeeze out some time to concentrate. Realize “This too shall pass” and check your thoughts when you feel overwhelmed. You may need to take a break, breathe deeply, or if you have a partner, turn to them.

Set “Open” and “Closed” Hours

For kids who are in elementary school or older, you can set certain hours when you are “CLOSED (working)” and then “OPEN” hours when you are available to them. It may be 11am to 12pm to get important clients contacted and another hour sometime in the afternoon.

This builds responsibility, as long as clocks are easy to find, and the dog hasn’t gotten out and run in the street, and the kids know to interrupt for emergencies.

Use a Visual Timer for Independent Play

Set up a play center in your house where toys are easily accessible and is a safe environment. Let your child know that you expect them to play independently.

To help them at a young age like 3 years old, having a visual timer that ticks down the minutes helps a child gauge their expected playtime. And you may want to suspend cleanup during the pandemic if you can maneuver around toys, just to ease stress, unless of course stepping on toys creates panic.

Time Block the Day

Start your day gauging the most important things you want to accomplish. Then plan times when work is possible, taking breaks often to interact with your kids. Whether it is snack time, some school project, a walk outside, or a fun activity, this helps to give your child that sense of closeness, while it helps you to change focus.

And whether you only accomplish half of what you hoped to do, begin to realize that the time you share with your child is precious. You might not have had this opportunity before, so when it feels like all hell is breaking loose, step back and refocus your energy. That will help your best self handle the situation. It takes some patience, and you can do it.

Accept that Screen Time Will Happen

We all know how much screen time we this is ok. But hey, we’re in a pandemic. Your kids are going to get bored and they may play video games more than you like or watch what seems like endless TV.

This is temporary, and let them know you are easing the restrictions. Maybe even take a break from work to sit and watch something with them. We’ll all get through this better when we give ourselves a break.

EAP Can Help

Confidential counseling by phone or secure telehealth. This free referral service is available to all employees and their family members. It is provided by FPI to make access to counseling services as easy as possible by trained mental health professionals.

Download the PDF for useful links and numbers

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Grief Support Group 2019

Find comfort, validation, and the knowledge that you are not alone in your time of grief. This 10-week support group will assist those who’ve experienced a loss move through grief with education and support.

This group will meet Tuesdays from 12-1 PM from 10/15/19 to 12/17/19 at the EAP office located at 419 W. Redwood St. Suite 560

Please call 667-214-1555 or email amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu with questions or for further information.

NEW GROUP:

Living Life with a Loved One with a Alcohol or Drug Problem

This group will provide support, education and coping skills for employees who have family or friends who drink or use drugs.  If you have struggled to understand why your loved one continues to drink or use drugs despite consequences or if you are concerned that your own behaviors are enabling them, this is a group that you want to attend.

This group will meet September 25, 2019- November 20, 2019 on Wednesdays from 12 pm-1 pm. It will take place at the Professional Building which is located at 419 West Redwood Street, Suite 560.  

The groups are open ended and there are 15 slots, so please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your seat.  Please call 667-214-1555 or email msnella@som.umaryland.edu to sign up or get further information.    

WORK-LIFE WORKSHOPS

UMMC Office of Workforce Engagement will be hosting monthly workshops to provide education, resources and support on topics including finances/money management, advanced planning and caring for loved ones. Attend one or all workshops and develop ways to reduce barriers and promote overall wellness.

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Employees are welcome to attend and RSVP is not required but preferred. Contact Heather Kangas (hkangas@umm.edu) with any questions.

10 Money-Saving Lessons

Are you overwhelmed with financial stress? Access KOFE webinars instantly for valuable information on money saving lessons. Here you can expand your knowledge of debt management, credit consolidation, student loan repayment, first time home buying, and increase overall financial wellness.

Access webinars and PowerPoint presentations instantly to improve financial literacy skills. Register and instantly access webinars.

GoToWebinar: Student Loans- Part 1
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GoToWebinar: Student Loans- Part 2
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Check out more information located under “Financial Counseling”

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2019 kicks off 4/1/19!

Attend events and join in on conversations about focused on the 2019 theme:“Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health.”

The Wellness Hub at UMB will be hosting events throughout the week designed to engage and inform on key public health issues in your local community, nationally and world wide. Check out events listed here.

During the week, we will celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system. For more information 

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