Berkeley Lab

Mental Health Awareness Month: Employee Assistance Program Presentations

Since the beginning of the shelter-in-place response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkeley Lab has hosted a series of talks by Craig Mielcarski, Director of UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance Program and other staff members.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to make these talks easier to find, we’ve listed them all here.

Navigating the Emotional Aspects of Change

Navigating logistical changes and transitions can be often challenging. However, navigating the human and emotional aspects of change and transition can sometimes feel overwhelming. As we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant ongoing uncertainty, it is important to understand the emotional side of change and how it influences our actions.

Webinar on Caregiver Stress – the “Sandwich Generation”

The “Sandwich Generation,” those taking care of both children and elders, may experience additional stress during the coronavirus shelter-in-place. Join Maureen Kelly, a counselor at the UCB ElderCare program, to learn about coping strategies and resources.

Setting and Enforcing Healthy Limits

Many of us are drawn to work in higher education out of a commitment to service. This commitment to service, while admirable, is often paired with difficulty setting limits both at work and in our personal lives. This workshop will help you to identify when you’re overextending yourself. You will also learn to set limits successfully by attending to and valuing your own needs and limitations.

Caregiver Responses in Light of COVID-19

Caring for an elder during the COVID-19 pandemic is uniquely challenging. While elders are isolated in their own homes and in facilities around the world, programs and carers serving them have closed, cut back, or at capacity, thus increasing the responsibility and stress of many family caregivers as they search for creative ways to provide support and practical assistance to their loved ones.

Supporting Those on the Front Lines

Learn how you can support the emotional well-being of family and friends who are working on the front lines in response to COVID-19.

Emotional Well-Being in Times of Uncertainty

Join Craig Mielcarski, Director of UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance Program, in an open discussion on staying emotionally healthy during times of uncertainty. Craig will take questions and provide information that can help you and your family stay healthy.