The University of Kansas has numerous resources to support employees who struggle with mental health issues. Help is available for both long-term diagnosed conditions and more temporary challenges, such as situational stress, life events or external factors such as the COVID-19 crisis.
- The Mental Health Resource Guide is a comprehensive guide to mental health resources.
- Information on support during traumatic events.
- Information on stress and mental health during a crisis.
- The state's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, confidential, free service that provides employees and their immediate family members with professional counseling and referral services.
Supporting Employees in Crises
A supervisor may be the first individual to recognize that an employee needs help. The list below provides some examples of behaviors that may indicate an employee is having a difficult time. This list is not intended to be exhaustive nor should it be used to diagnose a behavioral health issue. Only mental health professionals are qualified to provide a diagnosis.
- Reach out to the employee.
- Remain calm in your conversation with the employee.
- Ask how you can help.
- Let them know you support them.
- Listen non-judgmentally to their concerns.
- Provide resource information: Employee Assistance Program (1-888-275-1205 option #1) and/or ADA RCEA Mental Health Resource Guide
- Follow up with the employee the following day to offer further support and ensure they have resources they need.