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Mental health care, also called behavioral health, is covered through the SIHO health plan. Substance abuse care is also offered through this comprehensive plan. In addition, all employees and immediate, adult family members, even those not on the SIHO plan, may receive up to four (per episode) free sessions with licensed, masters-prepared therapist through the Employee Assistance Program, also known as EAP. Accessing these services is guaranteed to be 100 percent confidential. These sessions can be used for issues that may not be covered through the SIHO plan. No referral is required to utilize these services. To get started, simply call outpatient Behavioral Health Services at 812.353.3450 and tell them you need to schedule an appointment using your Indiana University Health Bloomington EAP benefit.
- HR Policy – Employee Assistance Program
- Meet Kendall your EAP Counselor and learn what to expect at your first visit.
- Client Self-Assessment Paperwork
- EAP Client Satisfaction Survey
- Learn about Indiana University Health Behavioral Services
- Use the online SIHO provider directory to find participating outpatient providers of mental health care. A referral is not required.
- Find Behavioral Health articles and resources provided through our Health Investment Program
- Mental Health of America shows you how to "Live Your Life Well"
- HeartMath - Look here for simple tips on solutions for stress from the creators of HeartMath. IU Health Bloomington Hospital offers HeartMath training free to employees through Indiana University Health Occupational Health Services. Contact Karen Danielson for more information
- Information on symptoms of and helpful tips on overcoming anxiety, depression and stress
- EAP tells you what to do if you think a fellow coworker is depressed.
- For information about free (or low cost) local support groups, please visit these web sites. You may also call "211" and a representative can provide you with the information.
“LUNCH AND LEARN” PROGRAM
EAP provides quarterly lunch and learn programs for anyone interested in attending. These programs are intended on providing helpful information on two important concerns that employees have voiced in the Employee Opinion Survey: work-life balance and workplace stress. For any department that may be interested in private sessions, accommodations can easily be made for a time that works best for all staff. For more information on upcoming topics, or to schedule a private session, please contact Kendall Basore.
Past lunch and learn topics include the following:
- “The Wheel of Life: Life Balance”: When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on many different projects (or roles that we have to play in our life), it's all too easy to find yourself "off balance" and not paying enough attention to important areas. This lunch and learn will teach you to look at all your different priorities, assess what’s important, and help you to become more balanced.
- “Self-Care: Putting YOU back into YOUr life”: As a helping professional, spouse, parent, and friend, we are often attending to the needs of others, perhaps at the expense of ourselves. Although doing for others can be fulfilling and rewarding, it can also produce stress and burn-out and we need to remember to do things for ourselves. This lunch and learn will help you to evaluate how much time you are spending on taking care of yourself, as well as tips on how to improve self-care.
- Time Management 101: For many, it seems that there's just never enough time in the day to get everything done. When you know how to manage your time, you gain better control over your life and your stress! This lunch and learn will start off with the basics of time management, helping you identify your strengths as well as the aspects of time management that you need most help with. It will also help you to avoid the most common time management mistakes and give you tools on conquering these areas.
- “Holiday Stress: How to Conquer Your Inner Scrooge”:The holidays are approaching, which can be a stressful time for many of us. If you find yourself tempted to throttle the next Salvation Army Santa you see, or if holiday turkey seems too much to bear, this lunch and learn will help you identify the biggest sources of holiday stress as well as teach you how to keep it together amid the hustle and bustle.
- Parenting: Audra Kunzman-Mazdzer, Ann Moore, and Scot Moore from IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians presented three separate talks related to parenting and discipline for children of all ages. The first presentation focused on children age 10 and under, the second focused on children older than 10, and the third focused on ADD/ADHD in children and how parenting/discipline might differ from children not diagnosed with that disorder. A question and answer session followed each presentation and attendees were encouraged to ask questions regarding their specific circumstance. (This program is not available for private sessions. If interested in the information discussed, please contact Kendall Basore)
“Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence”- May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, which began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental awareness for all. For more than 60 years, Mental Health America and their hundreds of affiliates from around the country have led the observance of Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. This year, Mental Health America is addressing these important issues through the theme of Do More for 1 in 4, which is a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition
The IU Health Bloomington Employee Assistance Program (EAP) answered this call by participating in helping to advocate for those diagnosed, as well as campaigning to end stigma. Two lunch and learns were held that included a discussion on stigma of mental illness, both in society and within our own hospital. The presentation also included a panel of hospital employees that openly discussed how mental illness has affected their lives or the lives of a loved one. A short question and answer session followed, as well as information how to end stigma and support those living with various disorders.
“When we Care Too Much: Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out in Service Providers”- While caregiving brings great joy and satisfaction to a lot of us, it also has a down side. When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, caring too much can hurt and destructive behaviors can surface. While the effects of compassion fatigue can cause pain and suffering, learning to recognize and manage its symptoms is the first step toward healing. This lunch and learn will help you to recognize the common signs of compassion fatigue and burn out and give education toward healthy, sustainable self-care.
Disclaimer: The following self-assessments should only be used for the purpose of identifying symptoms and are not designed to diagnose clinical disorders. An accurate diagnosis for depression, generalized anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders can only be made by a physician or qualified mental health professional after a complete evaluation. If you feel your symptoms may qualify, please contact the Employee Assistance Program or another provider.
MENTAL HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH: Get Some Exercise
Exercising (anything from walking to yoga to kickboxing) offers many benefits for your mental health. First, engaging your body and muscles helps push stress and tension out from your system. Second, achieving a certain level of performance releases endorphins in your brain, triggering happy feelings (and in some cases, induces pure euphoria). Third, an exercise session often clears your mind, leading to creative and unexpected solutions to the problems that have been nagging at you. Make the time -- 30 minutes to an hour -- to exercise daily for better mental and physical health.