Accessing Support for your Psychological well-being
Telus Health is McMaster’s provider of the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Telus Health helps you take practical and effective steps to improve your well-being and be the best you can be. They offer a supportive, confidential and caring environment and will provide you with assessment and guidance for any challenge.
McMaster’s Employee Well-being programs strive to advance the well-being of all faculty and staff through the promotion of year round holistic wellness initiatives, including, but not limited to, moving more, psychological wellness, and work-life balance.
Whether you require a workplace medical accommodation, information about disability benefits, or support in returning to work, our Employee Health team is here to support you.
McMaster is pleased to provide eligible employees with a comprehensive benefit plan, which incorporates expanded benefits for services received by mental health practitioners and paramedical services such as registered massage therapy.
Everyone plays an important role in creating healthy and respectful work environments. The 3 R’s (Recognize, Respond, Refer) is a tool we can use to provide support and guide respectful communication.
Wellness Together Canada provides free mental health resources to Canadians, including immediate text support, information and videos, a mindfulness program, and individual phone, video and text counselling.
A free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry. This program is free free for Ontarians.
This internet-based, therapy-led program allows you to complete an assessment, connect with a professional therapist and move through modules at your own pace. There are scheduled check-ins along the way. This program is like other benefits – you pay for the program up front and may submit for reimbursement through your extended health care plan under paramedical coverage.
Self-care is not synonymous with self-indulgence or being selfish. Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.
Pandemic-Specific Supports and Resources
Whether you are working on site or remotely, this is a stressful time for most of us and it’s normal to feel more anxious than usual. This is an important time to prioritize your psychological well-being in order to cope with your personal and professional demands, and the uncertainty of the situation. Below, you will find a number of leader and employee resources that you may find helpful during this time.
As the COVID-19 situation improves and more employees return to in-person workplaces, many people are facing a new set of concerns, sometimes called return or re-entry anxiety.