Staying Well with Princeton Benefits, May 2022

May 9, 2022

It is likely someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to advocate, spread compassion, and most importantly, reduce the stigma associated with mental health. “It’s okay to not be okay,” but it’s essential to talk about it!

If you, or someone you care about is feeling depressed, anxious, isolated, or dealing with addiction, Princeton has many benefits and resources, including counseling programs, to assist you and your family.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this monthly benefits newsletter will make it easy and convenient for you to do just that.

MENTAL WELLNESS

Carebridge

Join Carebridge this month for the following virtual events:

Choosing Leisure to Reduce Stress: Tuesday, May 10, 10:30–11:00 a.m. 

Influencing Your Children to Be Hopeful: Wednesday, May 18, 10:00–10:30 a.m.

Mental Health Awareness: Thursday, May 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Supporting a Friend or Family Member with Mental Illness: Tuesday, May 24, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Announcing eM Life, a new mindfulness tool offered through Carebridge. Use the app and/or website that provides evidence-based mindfulness solutions to prevent and reduce mental health concerns. To begin your mindfulness journey, follow these instructions. The benefits of practicing mindfulness include reduced levels of stress and anxiety, better mood, increase in compassion, more resilience, higher productivity and efficiency levels, and better quality of sleep. This tool has:

  • Live and interactive mindfulness sessions held multiple times every day, in various languages, by a diverse group of highly certified experts.
  • On-demand access to hundreds of hours of content across a wide range of topics like sleep, anxiety, performance, eating, parenting, leadership, financial stress, and more.
  • Video and audio-only experiences offered in 1-10+ minute single sessions or multi-episode series.
  • Immersive programs including Mindfulness at Work, QuitSmart™ Mindfully, and Skills to Thrive in Anxious Times

Be kind to your mind! Carebridge, our Employee Assistance Program, offers free, confidential 24/7 support and counseling services to support you and your family. In addition to our traditional EAP, Carebridge counselors are available for in-person counseling at the Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander Street on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Schedule your appointment online.

Teladoc

Teladoc Behavioral Health allows you to video conference with a licensed health provider, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and social workers, who can provide both therapy and medication management to help treat depression, anxiety, and stress. Confidential visits are covered at the same cost as in-network, in-person mental health visits to you and your eligible dependents enrolled in a Princeton medical plan.

If you feel like your condition isn’t improving or your treatment isn’t working, Teladoc Medical Experts Mental Health Navigator program will provide the support you need to feel better. This confidential program leverages a cross-functional team of leading psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to help manage your mental health. Experts will provide a second opinion on your diagnosis and an action plan to get you on the path to wellness faster. They will complete an in-depth review and assessment of the existing diagnosis and treatment plan while guiding you through the mental healthcare system and can help you find a mental health provider who specializes in a specific condition. This is available at no cost to you and your eligible dependents.

To use a Teladoc Program call (855) 835-2362 or visit Teladoc Medical Experts, or download the Teladoc Medical Experts Member App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

This service provides 24/7 support. Call (800) 273-TALK (8255) to speak with a licensed professional. By mid-July, dial 988 to be connected to someone immediately.


PHYSICAL WELLNESS

My Health Coach

Chronic stress is linked to many health problems such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, hypertension, and weight gain. When you manage your stress, you impact your overall health, especially your mental well-being. Below are some stress management strategies:

  • To learn simple healthy tools to increase optimism, watch this short stress management video to create calm in your body and foster hope for the goals you wish to accomplish.
  • To improve your mood and support your mental health, eat a diet rich in nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory, whole foods. Choose minimally processed foods, including a variety of vegetables and fruit, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and limit refined sugars.  
  • To positively impact emotional and mental health, engage regularly in moderate to vigorous intensity exercise and stretching to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and relieve the physical tensions of stress.
  • To develop stress management strategies that are tailored to you and support your overall health, engage with a Health Coach.

The My Health Coach Program can help you manage your health so you can enjoy life. To set up your first, confidential, free appointment call 866-237-0973 or email allengagement@trestletree.com.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Be Sun Smart
Your Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer, designed by MSK Direct, provides comprehensive and actionable information about how to prevent skin cancer, important risk factors, sun safety tips you should practice daily, and how to do a skin self-exam. Learn how to protect yourself from this preventable cancer and equip yourself with sun smart best practices to follow if you’re active outside on sunny and cloudy days.

To schedule a skin screening, speak with your dermatologist or your primary care physician. To find an in-network provider in your Princeton medical plan, visit the Castlight website or download the app.

Kindbody

Mental Health and Fertility
Join Dr. Meredith Brower from Kindbody, Princeton’s fertility and family-building benefits partner, for a discussion about the various stressors during a fertility journey and the importance of mental health support throughout this time.  

Wednesday, May 11, 3:00 p.m.
Register through Zoom


FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Children’s Educational Assistance Plan

Exciting changes were announced in April regarding this benefit. An email with detailed information, including the application for the next academic year, will be sent in late May.

CAPTRUST

CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants with timely, relevant, and actionable content to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting virtual and phone consultations on May 17 and June 7.

Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.

To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948. For more information, including articles, videos, and other valuable resources, visit the CAPTRUST website.

TIAA

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Estate Planning Considerations” and “Opening Doors to the Future – Save in a College Savings 529 Plan.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA offers individual retirement counseling sessions, either online or by phone, which provide in-depth planning assistance. To schedule an appointment, register online.

Isles

Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt.

Counseling is available in English and Spanish.  

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 


The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander

Whatever challenges you’re facing, help is available. Get more details on the HR website.


Questions?

For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or benefits@princeton.edu. For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.