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Though mental health is just as important as physical health to overall wellness, it doesn’t always receive the same level of attention. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 5 people experience mental health concerns at some point in their life.

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, and in the spirit of the 2022 national theme, “Together for Mental Health,” the Employee Service Program (ESP) has created a list of resources to help with mental health needs, and invites state employees to attend the Zoom webinar Managing Anxiety and Building Resilience May 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Hosted by ESP Counselor Tapiwa Kahari, LMSW, the event will focus on understanding anxiety, anxiety-reduction methods, and techniques to build resilience. Advance registration for SOM Employees and SOM Contractors is required through the State of Michigan Learning Center. For additional strategies and ways to support your mental health, contact ESP at 800-521-1377.

ESP Spotlight:

Below are the current ESP offerings. Please click on the corresponding link for more information and scheduling details.

Weekly Mindfulness Breaks - In response to employee requests for more mindfulness practice opportunities, ESP will continue to offer 15-minute mindfulness breaks every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Monthly Manager Sessions - Managing programs and leading others can be daunting, but this is especially true during times of constant change and uncertainty. ESP now offers monthly sessions for managers focused on providing strategies and topical resources to assist with current challenges and stressors.

Wellness Wednesday Webinars

ESP's Wellness Wednesday Webinars are now offered the first Wednesday of every month, with a new topic featured each month.

All webinars are offered for State of Michigan employees through a Teams Live Event without the need for appointments or registration. Please visit the Wellness Wednesday Webinars page ;for descriptions and details.

Managing the Stress of Change and Uncertainty - April 6: 11:00 - 11:45

Coping with Grief and Loss -  May 4: 11:00 - 11:45

Managing Anxiety-Building Resilience - June 1: 11:00 - 11:45

If you missed a webinar or want to rewatch one you attended, be sure to check out the Wellness Wednesday Webinars Recordings page.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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