The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Offers Support
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 23, 2011
There comes a time when everyone needs some kind of help—legal, financial or emotional; help with aging parents or finding suitable childcare solutions. In such times, benefits-eligible employees can turn to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The program provides confidential counseling, referrals and crisis counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week to aid with, among others issues, stress and anxiety, depression, grief, relationships troubles (marriage, family and children) and drug and alcohol problems.
Eligible employees and their family members have access to six counseling sessions at no charge. Crisis counseling is always available to assure you get the assistance you need when you need it.
To access EAP information, go to http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/ and click on “Employee Assistance Program.” From there, after entering the access code “USNH” you will go to the APS healthcare Website. APS service the program. APS healthcare EAP professionals hold master or doctoral degrees in counseling or a related field and are certified or licensed by appropriate agencies.
At the top of the page is a list of subjects—parenting, aging, work-life home, for example—on which information is available. For example, selecting aging will bring up a menu of topics: adults with disabilities, again well, housing options, caregivers, grief and loss.
A menu on the right-hand side of the page guides you. Areas of assistance include “Learning Center,” “Savings Center,” “Locate an EAP Counselor,” “Ask a Pro,” “Relocation Center,” “Legal and Financial,” and TaxACT Center.”
The main page also highlights specific timely information. For example, February is American Heart Month so the current articles and resources are related to heart health. There is a selection of online seminars as well.
Using the EAP benefit is voluntary and confidential. To talk with someone or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-424-1749. For more information go to http://www.unh.edu/hr/eap.htm).
The following are some EAP resources you may be interested in: