Health is no longer seen solely as a way to measure how often you go to the gym and how many veggies you eat each week. Now, in today’s world and workplace, mental health is recognized as one of the biggest players in your overall health. That means resources to support mental health are more important and more available than ever before, but they can be hard to navigate. Here are some resources you can use at MSU to improve or keep up your mental health and improve your overall health along the way.
MSU Health 4 U
MSU Health 4 U is part of the Office of the University Physician and is a way to get resources for all aspects of your health through Michigan State and with other employees.
- MSU Grief and Loss Support Group: specialized counselors facilitate weekly online support sessions on Tuesdays for those experiencing grief and loss.
- The Healing Power of Guided Imagery: guided imagery is a form of directed day-dreaming that relaxes the mind and engages the senses in the physical and emotional healing process. There are a few sessions left this month so register for those soon.
- Wellness Resources: increase your emotional resilience and psychological flexibility with resources on topics ranging from “Gardening and Mental Health” to “Rest and Creative Idleness” and so many more.
Employee Assistance Program Counseling Services
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service provided at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, retirees, graduate student employees, and their families. Learn how to make an appointment on the EAP website. These appointments are offered virtually through Zoom or in-person if you are comfortable. This is the only direct-through-university program offered for employees currently, so the wait time for an appointment is higher than normal. If you are in need of support earlier than EAP can offer, check out the offsite resources below.
Teladoc and Best Doctors Service
As a reminder, benefit-eligible employees also have access to Teladoc and Best Doctors Behavioral Health Navigator for mental health services. Teladoc offers 24/7 access to a healthcare professional via web, phone or mobile app for employees enrolled in an MSU health plan. Employees and their dependents over 18 can also receive medical care for behavioral health (depression, anxiety, grief counseling, addiction, etc.). If deemed medically necessary, a prescription will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice. The Behavioral Health Navigator can help you get a second opinion on any medical decisions and access to coaching and online educational tools.
Your mental health matters and MSU resources and benefits are available to get you—or keep you—on the path to a healthy body and healthy mind.