Keep Well – Well-being Resources for Employees - Human Resources at Ohio State

COVID-19 HR RESOURCES:

Keep Well - Well-being Resources for Employees

During times of uncertainty, it’s normal to have feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. You are not alone, and there are resources and help available if you want someone to talk to or need support. Ohio State cares about you and your well-being. There are resources for you, your colleagues and your family members.

For more information about Coronavirus and other Ohio State resources, visit go.osu.edu/coronavirus.

Well-being Support

The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), in partnership with ImpactSolutions, provides resources for employees and their families in times of need. All services are confidential, complimentary and provided by experienced, licensed mental health professionals. EAP services are available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, members of their household, parents and parents-in-law, even if you did not enroll in an Ohio State medical plan. Learn more about EAP at osuhealthplan.com/eap.

Tess (Text)

Launched in March 2020, in partnership with ImpactSolutions, Tess is a mental health chatbot that is available to provide emotional support, evidence-based education and delivers coping skills and strategies via text. Tess is available to employees and their families. To begin chatting, text “Hi” to 415-360-0023. Use the company code “Buckeyes” when prompted to begin texting with Tess.

Online Counseling Sessions (Video or Telephonic)

Online counseling (defined as live scheduled video, phone, text and chat sessions) is a convenient way to utilize counseling sessions without leaving your home. Ohio State employees have access to five sessions at no cost. Average time from initial request for service to getting help from an online counselor is typically within 24 hours.  Request a counselor online, call 800-678-6265 or email eap@osumc.edu.

Those in active counseling should ask their current provider about the ability to continue meeting online.

24/7 Support (Telephonic)

Immediate access to a licensed mental health professional offers you peace of mind that there is always someone to talk to when you are experiencing heightened anxiety, depression, difficulty attending to daily activities, trouble sleeping or other emotional concerns. Call 800-678-6265 to speak to someone any time of day or night.

Telephonic Coaching with an Eldercare Specialist (Telephonic)

According to the CDC, older adults and those individuals with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for COVID-19. This can create heightened anxiety and worry for caregivers and their elderly loved ones. You can connect with an Eldercare Specialist for support and guidance on how to best prepare and protect your loved one during this challenging time. Call 800-678-6265 or submit an online request to get connected to Eldercare Resources.

Financial Counseling (Video)

Is COVID-19 causing you financial stress? You can now schedule a video conference with a financial consultant to help guide you through this challenging time. Call 800-678-6265 or submit an online request to get connected to financial counselor.

Mindfulness Coaching (Telephonic)

Mindfulness training is a way to strengthen your ability to concentrate, relax, develop self-awareness and create new habits for paying attention that can decrease stress and internal friction. You have access to speak to a Mindfulness Coach who can assist you in beginning a mindfulness practice. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness coaching by calling 800-678-6265 or registering here.

Whil – Mindfulness & Yoga

View videos to keep you moving, grounded and engaged. Available for benefits-eligible employees, located in your Your Plan for Health account, under “Programs.” You have 24/7 access to:

  • Move Your Body at Home: Yoga exercises to move your body with no equipment needed.
  • Practice Resiliency: Watch short videos to practice mindfulness, focus, and improve sleep habits

Home Office Ergonomics

This webinar provides a step-by-step process on how to improve the set-up of your home office. By the end of the 40-minute webinar, you will know where to place your keyboard to eliminate wrist pain, how to best position your computer to avoid eyestrain, ways to improve your sitting posture and much more. View the webinar.

Additional Resources

Additional resources are available to help you practice calm and learn to cope, including webinars, videos, audios and articles to share with your colleagues and family, visit the Ohio State Chief Wellness Officer webpage.