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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. These resources are provided for the user's convenience. The inclusion of these resources is not intended to reflect their particular importance, nor are they intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.
Return to Work
- Webinar: Towards a New Workplace Normal in the Age of COVID-19 (FEI)
- Communication: A Vital Tool for Managing the Post-COVID-19 Workplace
- EAPs Can Ease the Transition Back to Work
Resources for Employees
- Wellness Resources for City Employees and Family Members
- Responding to Another's Hardship and Loss
Tips on how employees can respond to consumers of city services, as well as to coworkers who are facing hardship and loss.
- Business, Community and Mental Health Resources
Mental health resources that an employee could provide to consumers of city services.
- Tips for Working at Home (Gundersen Health)
- FEI Behavioral Health
The City’s external EAP offers additional articles, videos, and webinars related to work-life balance. Type username: madison
Managers & Supervisors
- Return to the Workplace Guide for City Managers and Supervisors
- Guidelines for Demonstrating Leadership during Crisis for City Managers and Supervisors
- Compassion fatigue: The hidden danger of concurrent national public health emergencies (PoliceOne.com)
- Building Mental Resilience During a Crisis (USC School of Social Work)
- Stress Awareness & Management in the COVID-19 World (Officer.com)
- Helping Your Family Cope with COVID-19 (IAFF)
- Wisconsin Injured Law Enforcement Officers Resource Council Crisis Counseling Corps (WILEORC)
- Warrior's Rest Foundation
- Staying Sober During COVID-19: Challenges to Recovery During a Pandemic Outbreak (IAFF)
- Guide to Managing Coronavirus Anxiety (IAFF)
- Checking in with Quarantined and Isolated Members (IAFF)
- What to Expect During Quarantine or Isolation (IAFF)
- Officer Wellness and Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic (COPS)
- Support for Caregivers
- Area Agency on Aging/Family Caregiver Support
Social Isolation Resource Guide
This guide is meant to be used as a tool to help combat social isolation and loneliness in older adults.
- Caregiver SOS
Parents & Guardians
- Cabin Fever Guide
A collection of ideas for late winter activities created by Healthy Kids Collaborative-Dane County and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.
- Virtual School Activities
A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites.
- ECDC Parent Resources
Early Childhood Development Center's "at home ideas" for you and your child as you navigate the Coronavirus closures.
- 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.
- Madison Public Library at Home
While the City's public library branches are open on a limited basis, there are several online options for all ages to access materials digitally, participate in story times, and connect through Bubbler.
- 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)
Grief and Loss
- Grief in the Time of COVID-19 (medium.com)
- Grieving from a Distance: Grief & Loss in the Time of COVID-19
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Finding Hope in Challenging Times (Psychology Today)
- Journey Mental Health
Journey staff are seeing clients only with pre-approval and will be checking their voicemail messages and emails to keep in contact with their consumers. Call 608-280-2700 for more information.
- 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.
- Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation (SAMHSA)
- Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19 (CDC)
- Stigma and Resilience During COVID-19 (CDC)
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health; Coping with Disaster or Trauma (CDC)
- COVID-19 INFORMACION Y RECURSOS (NAMI)
- COVID-19 Info and Resources for Mental Health Concerns (NAMI)
- 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)
Stress and Anxiety
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook (The Wellness Society)
Available in several languages.
- Do You Have Anxiety or COVID-19? (UW Medicine)
- 7 Ways to Cope with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak (AARP)
- Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety (Shine)
- 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
- Financial Navigators are available now at no cost to provide guidance, over the phone, to help residents access available programs and services to manage income loss and other financial concerns they may be experiencing. With one-on-one discussions, they will help to address personal financial issues, identify immediate steps to manage expenses and maximize income, and make referrals to other services such as bill paying assistance, government benefits and other programs that may come from future stimulus packages.
- COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect is a free desktop and mobile app that provides accurate information, social support and helpful resources for people in Wisconsin.
- Wellbeing Resources from Wellness Council of Wisconsin
- Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19
- COVID-19 Food Access Resources for Dane County
- 211 Wisconsin
211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. Now has a Coronavirus specific web page that links to related community services.
- Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, the DAIS business offices will be closed to the public. DAIS will not be able to provide any walk-in services for the foreseeable future. Those needing services should contact the 24-hour Help Line at (608) 251-4445.
UNIDOS exists to empower the community to break the cycle of domestic violence, end sexual assault, and promote healthy family systems. UNIDOS LA RED 24/7 Help Line: 1-800-510-9195 (en español).
- 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.