Berkeley Lab

Coping with Stress and Anxiety: The Ukraine Crisis

As the war in Ukraine continues to unfold, the reverberations are being felt around the world. As Director Witherell said in this email from February 24, Berkeley Lab is one of the most international in the national lab system, and many of us have family, friends, and colleagues in Ukraine and in Eastern Europe. Even if we do not know anyone personally, the news and images from Ukraine are heartbreaking and difficult to take in.

In conjunction with the gLoBaL Employee Resource Group and the All Access Employee Resource Group Mental Health Initiative,  IDEA Office will hold a forum on Thursday, March 24 at 12 noon facilitated by Craig Mielcarski, Director of Be Well at Work, our Employee Assistance Program.

Please join us to learn how we can support our colleagues, people of Ukraine, and ourselves.

Date: Thursday, March 24 (add it to your calendar)
Time: 12 – 12:50 pm
Join us on Zoom

On March 21, gLoBaL ERG sent an email to it’s members in support of those affected by the crisis and included a list of organizations accepting donations – read the full email here.

Also, please be aware that counseling services and mental health support are available at no-cost to all Lab employees through the Employee Assistance Program.

Craig Mielcarski bio:
Craig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), with formal training in organizational and management consulting, critical incident response, and violence risk assessment. Passionate about individual and organizational health and wellness, Craig also has extensive experience providing coaching and consultation to leaders at all levels within the university system. Craig received his BA in Psychology from Amherst College and his MSW from Boston University. Craig is committed to helping individuals get connected to additional resources that fit their clinical, cultural, and identity preferences whenever possible.

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