Peer Support & Employee Support Services Team -Riverside
Employee Support Services Help Line 916-445-4337
The phone number for E.A.P. is 1-866-327-4762
Behavioral Wellness Support Resources
Employee Assistance Program
Direct Link: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/eap.aspx
As a State of California Employee, you and your eligible dependents have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program is provided by the State of California as part of the state’s commitment to promoting employee health and wellbeing. It is offered at no charge to the employee and provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns. EAP is an assessment, short-term counseling, and referral service designed to provide you and your family with assistance in managing everyday concerns.
If you need help, call toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Phone: 866-EAP-4SOC (866-327-4762)
TDD callers: 800-327-0801
Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to confidentially discuss your concerns and ensure that you receive the assistance you need. You may also contact your departmental EAP coordinator, or the statewide EAP benefits manager at (916) 324-9353.
Direct Link: http://client.prod.iaff.org/#page=behavioralhealth
Behavioral Health and Wellness in the Fire Service
Traditionally, medical and physical fitness have been prioritized above emotional or behavioral fitness in the Fire Service. However, it is clear from the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters that these priorities are now changing. With each passing year, research shows that fire personnel who balance physical, behavioral and emotional fitness have the best outcomes, whether one is looking at adjustment to becoming a fire fighter, ratings of career satisfaction, family well-being, or adjustment to retirement.
There is growing concern about behavioral health issues and the significant impact on wellness. The stresses faced by fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs throughout the course of their careers – incidents involving children, violence, inherent dangers of firefighting, and other potentially traumatic events – can have a cumulative impact on their mental health and well-being.
The IAFF? Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine Division continues to develop resources that educate and supports members on behavioral health concerns. Check back often for updated information on behavioral health programs and resources.
Direct Link: National Suicide Prevention web page
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.