News and Updates
Learn how to use mindfulness to slow down and reduce stress
LifeMatters and the Employee Assistance Office are offering a virtual webinar, Mind-Body Wellness, on Monday, March 20, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Mind-Body Wellness offers attendees an opportunity to slow down and learn practical mindfulness exercises, including:
- Conscious breathing
- Gentle stretching
- Guided relaxation
This webinar is offered at no cost to all UW-Madison employees. Register online to receive the Zoom link.
View “Addressing Burnout” Webinar
On 2/22, LifeMatters presented “Addressing Burnout: Creating a Healthy Mind” to UW-Madison. Access a captioned recording of the presentation here.
Multiple ways to connect with a counselor
You can connect with an EAO counselor by phone, video chat, or onsite at the Lowell Center using a video phone. The onsite video phone allows you to meet with a counselor in a comfortable and confidential space. This option is ideal for those who are concerned about confidentiality if they were to meet virtually or by phone in their work space or their home. You can specify how you would prefer to meet when you make an appointment.
Timely Assistance with Life’s Challenges
When personal or work-related concerns become difficult to manage, UW–Madison’s Employee Assistance Office (EAO) can provide timely solutions for life transitions, physical or emotional health issues, and relationship challenges.
EAO professional staff offer counseling and consultation at no cost to UW–Madison faculty, staff, graduate student employees, significant others, and family members.
With the help of the Employee Assistance Office, employees and leaders develop the skills they need to understand and cope with challenging issues before they develop into more serious concerns. Services include:
The services of the Employee Assistance Office are confidential; no records are kept. Anything you discuss with the EAO consultant will be kept confidential, and will not be released without your authorization, except under special circumstances as governed by Federal and State regulations. See the Confidentiality Policy for details.
610 Langdon Street
8 am–4:30 pm
24/7 Access to Counselors
In Immediate Crisis?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or Text 988
Ayuda en español:
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals:
TTY users can use their preferred relay service OR dial 711, then dial 1-800-273-8255 to connect.
Crisis Text Line
Call 911 for other life-threatening emergencies.
UW–Madison provides no-cost resources and solutions to faculty, staff, graduate student employees, their families and significant others. Consider reaching out to the Employee Assistance Office when you need help with work-related or personal challenges such as the following:
- Work-related stress
- Personal stress
- Alcohol and drugs
- Relationship challenges
- Mental health
- Grief and loss
There is no cost for services provided by the Employee Assistance Office. You may use the services of the Employee Assistance Office during work hours with no loss in pay. If you need services beyond what we can offer, we may refer you to other campus or community resources.
24/7 Access to Counselors
The Employee Assistance Office (EAO) has expanded its services to provide employees with free and confidential statewide coverage, and 24/7 telephone access to professional counselors in support of employees’ personal and work-related concerns.
Managers, supervisors, deans, and department chairs work with the Employee Assistance Office to define and address workplace issues. Examples of common concerns include:
- Conflict management
- Stress and change management
- Organizational dynamics
- Personal issues affecting performance
- Respectful workplace behaviors
- Support after a workplace crisis, loss or trauma
Services may include consultation, coaching, and recommendations regarding group facilitation or training for those in the work unit.
Newsletter Provides Quick Tips
The EAO News for Managers provides user-friendly advice on dealing with a variety of workplace issues and working effectively with your Employee Assistance Office.
EAO provides customized training opportunities and presentations to audiences across campus. In some cases, we may be able to develop a new presentation to meet your needs. Training may be requested by supervisors, deans and directors, human resources professionals, wellness committees, conference planners, and others.
We have presented on a wide variety of topics in the past, including:
- Employee Assistance Overview
- Recognize, Respond, Refer: Suicide Prevention for Employees
- Creating a Positive Work Environment
- Stress Management
To request a presentation, please contact the Employee Assistance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-263-2987. To ensure we can prepare and schedule a presentation, EAO typically requests at least two weeks’ notice. In all cases, we encourage you to reach out to discuss your needs and logistical details.
UW–Madison Wellness Symposium
Find tools and resources to support your well-being at the annual UW–Madison Wellness Symposium.
Responding to Stress
This webinar will help you attune to stress in your life, better understand how it functions, and to gain skills to more effectively manage it.
Other Contacts and Resources
24/7 Access to Health Care Providers
608-280-4500 or 608-252-8226
Group Health Cooperative
Quartz UW Health
Contact UW Hospital Emergency Room: 608-262-2398
Not a UW–Madison Employee?
Call University Health Services: 608-265-5600 and select option 2
UW Hospital or Clinic Employees
Call LifeMatters: 800-634-6433
Other Campus Resources for Employees
Human Resources Information
HR Home Page
Other Campus Resources
Cultural Linguistic Services
Office for Equity and Diversity
Office of the Provost
Well-being at UW–Madison
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