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Stress and Mental Health: Supporting Services for UNI Faculty and Staff

Stress, Mental Health, Addiction, and Grief Services

Supporting Services for UNI Faculty and Staff

Emergency Care — ER or 911

Emergency mental health treatment and emergency substance abuse treatment should seek emergency care (ER or 911).

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services Covered by Our Health Insurance Plans

UNI's self-insured health plans cover mental health services for all enrolled members.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through the free confidential Employee Assistance Program benefit eligible employees and their families are eligible for:

  • Free short-term* counseling for up to six (6) sessions per life circumstance per year.
  • Free legal advice with an attorney.
  • Free financial advice with a financial advisor.
  • *EAP is meant for short-term assistance for life challenges that have exacerbated emotional and mental health needs. Individuals needing services and more long-term assistance for mental health should seek treatment from a healthcare provider through their health insurance plan.

Peer Support Services

As a part of your EAP you have access to Togetherall – an online peer support community. This is available to all EAP eligible employees, their family members, and members of their household age 16 or older.

With Togetherall you can access:

  • Free and immediate support – there is no cost, no referral needed and no waiting lists.
  • A supportive online peer community where you can get (and give) support to others who understand how you might be feeling.
  • An anonymous space, free from stigma or judgment.
  • A safe place to talk at any time of the day or night – Togetherall is moderated by mental health professionals at all times.
  • A library of self-help materials including self-assessments and support articles.
  • Structured online courses, such as ‘problem solving’ and ‘improving sleep’.

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Protected Time Off

A mental health condition can impact various aspects of an individual's life, including the ability to achieve maximum productivity in the workplace. Employees facing mental health challenges that impact them at work may qualify for support under the provisions of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Additional Mental Health and Addiction Resources

Your Life Iowa

Iowans can chat live, text or call to get information, research treatment options, and explore nearby help directly through the Your Life Iowa webpage.

Healthiest State: Make it Ok

In an effort to reduce the stigma and raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of mental health, the Healthiest State has launched the "Make it Ok" campaign. Visit the Make it Ok webpage for additional information and stories from other Iowans and how they found help and treatment.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Alcoholics Anonymous®

Employees concerned about an alcohol abuse problem may contact Alcoholics Anonymous. Locate support groups on a local basis through the AA Resource Center for Iowa. Find local support for family and friends of alcoholics Al-Anon Family Groups

Cedar Valley Hospice

Visit the Cedar Valley Hospice webpage to learn about sharing grief and healing with others through local support groups.

NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness)

Black Hawk County

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Free Educational Resources at UNI

LinkedIn Learning

Principal Financial

UNI’s life insurance and long term disability (LTD) vendor provides additional support for grieving individuals through Magellan Healthcare.

Resources for Racial Trauma