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Mental health and supportive resources for a challenging time

Learning about the devastating loss of life that has taken place in the Middle East over the past month has been heart-wrenching for all of us.  If you’ve been feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed, or if you’re having difficulty being centered and purposeful, the following resources may offer some relief.

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Mental health resources

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
FSAP (for employees based in Oakland, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and EAP (for UCPath employees) offer free, confidential individual counseling and referral resources to help you manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional struggles; grief and loss; relationship challenges; parenting and dependent care concerns; addiction and more.

Behavioral health benefits from UC’s medical plans
UC’s medical coverage includes behavioral health benefits for mental health services and substance abuse treatment. Members can use their benefits for sessions with counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists to address challenges like depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, medication management, and autism and pervasive developmental disorders. All UC health plans offer phone and/or video options for behavioral health advice and care.

Caregiver resources

Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports
The Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports referral program can help you find care programs for children and elders; pet-care providers; education support; parenting resources and enrichment opportunities.

Eldercare resources for ARAG members
If you’re enrolled in UC’s optional legal insurance through ARAG, you can access a free consultation with an eldercare advocate who will help assess your parent’s or grandparent’s eldercare needs, develop a care plan, search for facilities and providers and negotiate discounts when available. Your parents and grandparents can also meet with a network attorney for advice on elder law issues (e.g., Medicare/Social Security benefits, estate planning, real estate) and for an annual legal check-up.

Topical LinkedIn Learning collections

The UCOP Learning and Development team has compiled LinkedIn Learning collections — organized videos (2-5 minutes long) and courses (20 minutes to several hours long) that have been personally vetted by our staff. To save and easily view courses/videos at your leisure, select the bookmark sign on the upper right corner.  If you are not already using LinkedIn Learning, activate your free account now.

Additional resources

UCOP Principles of Community

UCOP Ombuds Office
A confidential, safe place to voice and clarify workplace concerns, understand conflict situations and find effective ways to respond. Services include individual consultations and two- or multi-party mediation.

Greater Good Resources for Peace and Conflict: Created by the Greater Good Science Center, this robust collection of articles was specifically created for coping with the Israel/Hamas conflict and includes topics such as peace and reconciliation, apology and forgiveness, activism and children’s well-being.

People leader resilience playbook: How to manage anxiety across your organization: Created by LifeLabs, one of our most popular learning vendors, this resource includes tips and tools for staying resilient and reducing anxiety, including helpful apps tools, and websites to share.

Toolkit for supporting a culture of inclusion, belonging, and respect during virtual meetings (UC Berkeley)

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