[Wctcca] How is your college supporting employees' mental health?

Koepping, Gloria gkoepping at highline.edu
Thu Mar 4 11:02:11 PST 2021

We only help faculty and staff if there is an emergency or death of a faculty or staff member.  Our HR sends out monthly notices about the State Employee Assistance program workshops and services and faculty and staff are encouraged to make use of that.  I have been to one of their workshops and it was pretty good.  Other faculty where I work have talked to their counselors and gotten referrals or some relief from their anxiety or depression.  I have also referred faculty off campus to outside providers for them to interview for fit.

Gloria Rose Koepping at Highline
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Boy, was that timely..I was just pulling yet another faculty member down off the ledge...so to speak. ( i'm taking dramatic  license here)
OH...what the heck I'm going to send this!😇

On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 10:35 AM Liz McKinney via WCTCCA <wctcca at lists.ctc.edu<mailto:wctcca at lists.ctc.edu>> wrote:
Good morning all,
I was sorry not to be able to join you at the WCTCCA meeting a couple of weeks ago. It would've been the perfect opportunity to query the membership about something that's been on my mind for some time due to a variety of conversations I've had with faculty and staff. I'm wondering what other colleges are doing around supporting employees' mental health? And have you noticed what is more or less effective about the support that has been offered?
Here at Green River I'm pleased to say that there is awareness and that there are some supports that are offered but I can't help but wonder if there's a contingency of our nearly 1,000 employees who are not availing themselves of these supports and who are, for lack of a better phrase, suffering in silence.
Collective wisdom is where it's at so I appreciate anything you might have to offer.
Hope everyone is doing as well as possible in these challenging times.

~Liz McKinney, Ph.D.
GRC Counselor
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