COVID-19 Resources for Employees and Family Members
The Employee Assistance Program is here to provide resources for you and your family during our current global health crisis. As many of us transition to working at home and find ourselves more socially isolated, we are discovering many ways to connect digitally that may be helpful for our mental health and well being.
Working from Home
Managers & Supervisors
- Madison Public Library at Home
While the City's public library branches are closed, there are several online options for all ages to access materials digitally, participate in story times, and connect through Bubbler.
- Madison Children's Museum at Home
Though the Madison Children’s Museum is closed to the public, staff continue to care for the animals and plants at the museum and are posting videos at the museum and great tips for you and your family during COVID-19.
- Henry Vilas Zoo at Home
Henry Vilas Zoo knows a lot of parents are looking for activities for their kiddos these days, so they came up with a few things you can do at home to teach your kids about some of the animals at the zoo!
They will be adding new videos or activities to one of these pages each weekday afternoon.
- Center for Healthy Minds Well-Being Toolkit for Children, Educators, and Parents (UW-Madison)
- Talking to Kids about COVID-19 (UW News)
- Parent Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 (NCTSN)
See pages 4-5 for Self-Care Coping and Helping Children Cope.
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (CDC)
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Center for Healthy Minds Well-Being Toolkit (UW-Madison)
The Healthy Minds Program
Healthy Minds Innovations is offering the Healthy Minds Program App for free to individuals. This includes scientifically-backed tools to support you. There is no subscription fee, and there are no requirements. It is available on iOS and Android.
- Stigma and Resilience During COVID-19 (CDC)
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health; Coping with Disaster or Trauma (CDC)
- COVID-19 Info and Resources for Mental Health Concerns (NAMI)
See page 3 “I’m quarantined or working from home – lonely and isolated – what can I do?”
See page 4 for online support groups.
- Helpline Resources Directory Listing (NAMI, 79 pages)
- 5 Questions to Ask if Your Loved One Is in a Quarantined Facility (AARP)
- How to Fight the Social Isolation of Coronavirus (AARP)
- 7 Ways to Cope with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak (AARP)
Stress and Anxiety
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)
- Coping During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Understand and Manage Your Stress Response
- Managing Fears and Anxiety Around Covid-19
Aging & Disability Center (ADRC) of Dane County
The Dane County Transportation Call Center is open to assist with rides for disabled adults and older adults. Call 242-6488 to request a ride. Door-to-door grocery shopping trips are available for older adults in small groups (maximum of 3 riders per vehicle). Rides are scheduled through Senior Focal Points. Call 240-7400 for more information.
- Madison Area Intergroup Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous
Most online AA meetings are taking place over Zoom, which is free to download, and you do not need to have your camera on or have a picture if you don’t want to. A few may still be taking place in person within the guidelines of social distancing. M.A.I.C.O. continues to work with a list of volunteers who will speak with people 24/7 who call their number of 608-222-8989.
- Agrace Hospice
Agrace is screening patients and families before each home visit. Also screening all visitors before they are permitted to enter their inpatient units, and the number of visitors per patient may be limited. Call (800) 553-4289 with any questions before visiting Agrace. See the web site for changes in services.