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Depression Awareness Day at UCOP: Thursday, Oct. 11

Life and work can be overwhelming sometimes, but understanding the signs of stress and depression and finding healthy ways to cope can help.

UC will offer a free one-hour webinar on Depression Awareness Day, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, that will allow you to learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment of depression as well as how to get support for yourself, your family, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Joseph Hullett, an experienced board-certified psychiatrist with Optum (formerly United Behavioral Health), UC’s behavioral health insurance provider, will lead the presentation and answer questions from employees.

The one-hour webinar will be repeated four times during the day and is open to all UC staff systemwide. No pre-registration is necessary. To join from your computer on the day of the webinar, simply click on the time you prefer. When prompted, enter your name and email address; you may enter your name or a pseudonym and you may use any email address you wish:

In addition, at UCOP, the webinar will be shown from 3 to 4 p.m. in 9204 Franklin, followed by an opportunity for in-person discussions with clinicians from the UCSF/UCOP Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP). No registration is necessary to attend.

Depression affects 9.1 percent of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At UC, employee assistance personnel have reported an increase in the volume or severity of symptoms, or both, among employees seeking help.

“We need to be as focused on treatment as we are for physical illnesses,” said Dwaine Duckett, vice president of systemwide Human Resources. “We’re offering this webinar so our employees can learn how to take advantage of the resources and benefits UC offers in this area.”

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is the employment assistance program of UCSF and UCOP. FSAP provides free, confidential, problem assessment and referral services for UCSF faculty and staff and for the staff of UCOP. Other services for individuals include the Elder Care Program, crisis intervention and workshops.

In addition to individual services, FSAP also provides free and confidential consultation and training services for supervisors and managers. FSAP clinicians address problems that impact the workplace, including behavioral health issues such as mental illness, chemical dependency and interpersonal problems, and workplace issues such as employee deaths, threats of violence, work stress and change management.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact FSAP Services at 415-476-8279 or go to the FSAP website.

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