July 20, 2020
To: Faculty, staff, and administrators
From: Jeremy Hammond, Human Resources Director
Subject: Availability of mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic
Thank you for your continued contributions to the University of Redlands during this unprecedented time. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in different ways. The Human Resources Department wants to make you aware of the various mental health resources available to you and your family.
Health Advocate is the University’s Employee Assistance and Advocacy Program (EAP). The EAP provides support for employees experiencing issues that affect both their personal and professional lives. It is a confidential, 24/7 service that provides employees with help related to stress, anxiety, depression, anger, family problems, substance abuse, grief, loss, and more.
**Available at no cost to employees, spouses, dependents, parents and parents-in-law.**
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, at (800) 662-HELP (4357) or TTY: (800) 487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. https://www.crisistextline.org/
Behavioral health benefits are integrated into Anthem medical plans for a full spectrum of coordinated care for members. When you are stressed or when life becomes overwhelming, seeking help can help reduce or eliminate depression and anxiety and reduce an emotional crisis before it escalates. Log into Anthem’s website to find a doctor near you. https://www.anthem.com/find-care/
Anthem Plan Name:
HMO: Anthem Blue Cross HMO (CACare) – Large Group
MVHMO: Anthem Select HMO
HDHP: Anthem Blue Cross PPO (Prudent Buyer) – Large Group
The mobile app that is all about you, your plan, and your health care needs. It connects your questions to answers — and you to the right resources. Using it is like having a personal health assistant in the palm of your hand. Available for both Android and iPhone.
An easy, quick, and convenient way to see a therapist, psychologist, or doctor. If you are feeling stressed, worried, or having a tough time, you can talk to a licensed psychologist or therapist through video using LiveHealth Online Psychology. It is easy to use, private and, in most cases, you can see a therapist within 4 days or less.
Not feeling well but unable to see your doctor? With LiveHealth Online, you can see a board-certified doctor in minutes. You can receive medical care for things like cold and flu symptoms, allergies, sinus infections, and more. Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera to connect. It is simple and easy, and if you need a prescription, they can send it directly to your pharmacy.
To make an appointment, call LiveHealth Online at (844) 784-8409, sign up at www.livehealthonline.com, or download the mobile app to get started. The cost for LiveHealth Online appointment is $20 under the Anthem HMO plan and $49 for the Anthem HDHP plan.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (800) 273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Each county in the area has local resources to help with the wellbeing of employees and family:
San Bernardino County
For behavioral health services, please call the access line at (888) 743-1478. Local crisis services are also available by visiting https://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/urgentcare/
Helpline is a program of Community Connect and is Riverside County’s leader in crisis intervention and suicide prevention and response. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or in crisis, please call (951) 951-686-HELP (4357) anytime, day or night. The service is free and confidential.
24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care: https://www.rcdmh.org/
Riverside: (951) 509-2499; Palm Springs: (442) 268-7000; Perris: (951) 349-4195
Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of County residents and communities. News and updates about COVID-19, civil unrest, and traumas may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration, and depression.
Call 24/7: (800) 854-7771
The Meditation Program, in collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Community Relations and the HR Wellness Program, provides employees with the opportunity to engage in meditation each week. Meditation helps with emotional wellness by helping you build skills to manage stress, increase self-awareness, reduce negative emotions, or help you gain a new perspective.
The meditation sessions are on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. There are two classes remaining for the month of July, followed by a brief hiatus for August, with classes reconvening in September and through the end of the year.