Our mental health is connected to our physical health and our relationships. Our brains, feelings, and emotions affect our work, home, and all areas of our lives. Stress is a significant factor in many types of disease and illness. Investing in personal resiliency—through effective communication, leadership and learning at work and home—has been demonstrated to give people skills in coping with difficult situations.
Wellness and our County medical plans (Taking Care of Yourself) offer resources to invest in our mental health and creating calmness in our lives. DES-Training offers many classes on communication, leadership, and resiliency.
See the links below for professional counseling (6 sessions per issue FREE through EAP), medical benefits, on-site chair massage, and training opportunities.
- Massages by Maggie
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - BDA
- Clackamas County Crisis Line
- Caregiving Support
- Mediation and Parent Education for Employees who are going through a Divorce
- Training Resources
- Employee Benefits for Mental Health and Addiction
Maggie Doolan provides chair massage at the Public Services Building on Thursdays. If you work near the Red Soils campus and would be interested, please call Maggie at 503-245-0275 for more information and to set an appointment. The price for a 15 minute massage is $22.
Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA) offers confidential support, guidance and resources to help you and your family. When you call for services, a master's level Member Advocate will consult with you to find resources or services you need. Among other services, BDA can provide you and your family with help in the areas of alcohol and drug abuse, relationship difficulties, education, stress, anxiety, depression, adoption, pet care, travel, financial concerns and legal concern. They have a wide array of resources available to you over the phone and online. For more information, see the "How to use the Employee Assistance Program" link below:
Most employees who share their EAP experience with us tell us that BDA and the counselors in the provider network were helpful, useful, and a great relief to talk with. BDA has high standards for Quality Assurance. As such, if you have a concern about services received, please contact:
Tamra Dickinson, Wellness/EAP Coordinator
Crisis Services provides 24 hour help for people experiencing a mental health crisis. They provide consulation, evaluation, and assistance from mental health professionals. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis the Clackamas County crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 503-655-8585. For additional information, visit the Crisis Services webpage.
It is also alright to call another County's Crisis line if you don't want to use the line for the County you work or live in. Find more options on the on the Oregon County's crisis lines website.
Are you a caregiver caring for an elderly parent, disabled/ill spouse, or special needs child? Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel as if you should be the perfect caregiver? Is it hard to juggle work and family caregiving? Family caregiving support is available through the Family Caregiver Program as part of the Employee Assistance Program. "Family caregivers experience higher rates of depression, physical and financial problems than non-family caregivers."
To learn more about this program please call 503-650-5724 or click on the link below:
Are you going through a divorce or separation and need mediation services?
Clackamas County Resolution Services provides family law mediation services. For employees who are eligible for EAP services (regular full and part time employees with benefits) there is no cost to the employee.
- Parent education class (required by the courts for parents who are divorcing) for the employee and ex- spouse/partner.
- Family law mediation for employee and eligible family members. Up to six mediation sessions.
How do I sign up?
- Contact: Resolution Services | (503) 655-8415 or email@example.com. 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.
- Contact the Wellness Coordinator or Wellness Program Assistant for a confidential billing number: Tamradic@clackamas.us | (503) 742-5486 or firstname.lastname@example.org | (503) 655-8354. This allows Resolution Services to bill the Wellness Program without using your name.
Clackamas County provides a number of training resources to help you de-stress your work environment. Classes are available in a number of areas to include resiliency, communication skills, and communication and leadership for an effective workplace (CLEW). Find available classes through the Clackamas County training intranet webpage.
For County employees seeking more support with mental illness, depression, or addiction in you or your family, consider these resources:
- Medical benefits
Mental Health Services for both Providence and Kaiser are provided at the same rates and co-pays as primary care.
- Alternative Care
General County employee benefits for alternative care include massage, acupuncture, naturopath and chiropractic care. POA Providence benefits for alternative care include chiropractic care. Kaiser POA benefits also cover massage, acupuncture, and naturopath care. These healing arts can help with stress, pain, and tension.
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