Employee Assistance Program to Host Virtual Mental Well-Being Sessions

Aug. 13, 2020

Princeton University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offered through Carebridge, is hosting the following virtual events from August through December that offer strategies to help faculty and staff and their eligible dependents balance everyday demands and stresses, especially those heightened by COVID-19.

Screen shot of Carebridge website showing "COVID-19 Resource Center"

Employees can find additional EAP resources, including a COVID-19 Resource Center, by logging in to their Carebridge account. First time users need to log in using the access code TW8AE.

Sessions are presented in two formats, “Join the Discussion” and “Webinar.”

Each participant’s identity remains anonymous both at registration and during the events.

“With so much uncertainty in the world right now, the University is dedicated to ensuring no one feels alone during this time,” said HR’s Senior Benefits Specialist Lynn Herbine, who manages and promotes Princeton’s wellness and work-life programs. “We are committed to making sure our employees and their families have the resources and support they need to deal with the new challenges we are facing and the added stress that comes with them.”

“Join the Discussion” Sessions

A professional counselor or specialist leads an interactive discussion that includes participant polls, a live chat, and questions and answers. These sessions offer a confidential opportunity to share experiences while gaining knowledge and support from other attendees. Click on each date to register.

  • Stress Relief for Parents
    August 26, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
    September 22, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
    Whether working from home or onsite, parents are scrambling to manage the demands of their jobs and care for children. This virtual support group is a safe and confidential place for parents and caregivers to ask questions to manage their personal well-being and the emotional well-being of their families during these times of uncertainty.
  • Examining Resiliency and Emotional Well-Being 
    October 13, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
    It can be challenging to make time for self-care when one is overwhelmed with personal and work-related demands. During this interactive exchange, participants learn strategies to promote emotional well-being and resiliency.  
  • Self-Care When Addiction Impacts Your World
    December 3, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
    Caring for someone who is suffering with an addiction can produce a rollercoaster of emotions. During this interactive session, participants learn how mindfulness meditation can assist with centering one’s self.

“Webinar” Sessions

A mental health counselor gives a formal presentation during the first half hour, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of questions and answers. Click on each date to register.

  • Keeping Your Family Emotionally Healthy & Resilient – COVID-19
    September 16, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families. Participants learn about proactive strategies, such as adaptability, effective communication, expectations, and acceptance, along with many other factors that contribute to developing resiliency within contemporary families.
  • Dispel the Stigma – Being an Advocate for Mental Health
    October 7, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
    When mental health ailments develop, it can be difficult to know what to do. Participants can become advocates by learning about the influencers that promote positive mental health, recognizing the symptoms of common mental health disorders, countering misbeliefs, and learning where to turn for assistance for one's self or someone else.
  • Depression and Anxiety
    October 29, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
    Dealing with depression and anxiety make it tough to enjoy everyday life, and it is often difficult to recognize the symptoms. Participants learn helpful tips and what resources and treatments options are available to ease depression and anxiety.
  • Supporting a Loved One with an Addiction Problem
    November 10, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
    A critical part of recovery is remembering that it is a lifelong process both for people with the addiction and for their families. By understanding the challenges that often come with efforts to heal, participants can be prepared to support their loved ones and themselves throughout this journey.

For more information about how the EAP can assist employees and their eligible dependents cope with life challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, substance abuse, and more, visit HR’s website.   

For helpful benefits, well-being, work-related, and other information, refer to the HR Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage.
For interim benefits updates, refer to Benefits Updates During COVID-19.
For current learning opportunities, refer to Learning & Development Updates During COVID-19.
For various time off benefits available, refer to Time Off Options for Staff Due to COVID-19.