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Employee Assistance Program - Resources for staff

Stress management


Healthy Living / Wellness
Our Daily Stress: Making good food choices Increase you energy level and learn to manage your stress with practical nutritional information from cutting edge nutritionist Jennifer Adler (from Jennifer's spring Stress Release presentation for SPS staff).
Live Your Life Well An education website from Mental Health America that includes self-assessments, "10 Tools to Live Your Life Well", newsletters and more.
NIH Wellness and Lifestyle Health information on a variety of wellness and lifestyle topics including Exercise and Fitness, Mental and Emotional Health, Nutrition and more.
Washington Wellness Resources for making healthy lifestyle choices. Includes a Health Assessment.
Self-care
Humor
Book:
Laugh After Laugh: The Healing Power of Humor by Raymond A. Moody, Jr.
Resiliency
www.resiliency.com/ Developed by author and trainer Nan Henderson, this website includes a Resiliency Quiz and links to free articles and resources.
www.resiliencycenter.com/ Take a resiliency quiz, read stories about people overcoming life's challenges, find articles on a range of topics written by Al Siebert, author of The Resiliency Advantage.
Meditation / Mindfulness
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn A YouTube video recording of an introduction to mindfulness workshop at Google
Oprah webcast with Jon Kabat-Zinn Radio interview on mindfulness-based stress reduction
Books:
  • Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield
  • Lovingkindness: The revolutionary art of happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
        

Financial concerns


 

Community Resources
School Employee Credit Union of Washington As part of member benefits, SECUWA has contracted with Balance, a respected financial-education organization, to provide free, confidential financial counseling to SECUWA members.
Seattle-King County Asset-Building Collaboration An organization of public, private, and non-profit agencies dedicated to helping people achieve their financial goals.  Learn more about their programs on their website including the Financial Resource Day being offered on March 22, 2014 at Rainier Community Center.
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions homerownership site Set up to assist Washington State homeowners and buyers through all aspects of homeownership, including buying, refinancing, avoiding scams, and foreclosure help.  To talk to a DFI counselor, call 1-877-894-4663.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Financial literacy training programs including an all-day Housing Education workshop every third Saturday.  For more information or to register for a workshop, call 1-800-368-1455.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling A national non-profit organization providing financial counseling and educational services with local affiliated agencies. Use their extensive online resources or find an agency in your area. This website includes:
  • Consumer Tools offering Financial Self-Assessment Check-Up, Podcasts, Blogs, Calculators, Budget worksheets and more.
  • Consumer Tips offering educational information regarding savings, spending, credit, housing, debt, consumer protection and more.
CareConnectUSA Federal Financial Relief Hotlines
Money Management

Health & Wellness

 

Health
NIH Complementary & Alternative Medicine Researched-based information on complementary and alternative medicine health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
NHLBI Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs Increase your awareness of the signs of heart attack and the need to act fast when someone may be having a heart attack.
Depression
What is Depression? An American Psychiatric Association fact sheet

Depression screening self assessments 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A report of depression among U.S. adults indicates that major depression is a common and treatable mental health disorder.
Books:
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression:  Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Out of the Blues: Strategies that work to get you through the down times by Jay Cleve, PhD
    How to Heal Depression by Harold H. Bloomberg, MD, and Peter McWilliams
  • The Depression Workbook: A guide to living with depression and manic depression by Mary Ellen Copeland, MS
Resiliency
www.resiliency.com/ A website developed by Nan Henderson, MSW, author and resitiency trainer.  Includes a YouTube presentation about building resiliency in students, families and communities and an MP3 download of a 2002 Talk of the Nation interview.
www.resiliencycenter.com/ Take a resiliency quiz, read stories about people overcoming life's challenges, find articles on a range of topics written by Al Siebert, author of The Resiliency Advantage.
Wellness
Our Daily Stress: Making good food choices Increase you energy level and learn to manage your stress with practical nutritional information from cutting edge nutritionist Jennifer Adler (from Jennifer's spring Stress Release presentation for SPS staff).
Live Your Life Well An education website from Mental Health America that includes self-assessments, "10 Tools to Live Your Life Well", newsletters and more.
NIH Wellness and Lifestyle Health information on a variety of wellness and lifestyle topics including Exercise and Fitness, Mental and Emotional Health, Nutrition and more.
Washington Wellness Resources for making healthy lifestyle choices

Legal assistance


 

Consultation with an attorney
King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics Individual meetings with volunteer attorneys for up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and consultation, primarily civil issues.
WEA Legal Referral Program For SEA Members ONLY.  Two free 30-minute consultations per work year (September 1 - August 31) to determine your legal needs; some discounts apply if subsequent services are required.
Local 609 Legal Referral Program - 1-888-993-8886 For Local 609 Members ONLY. Free initial consultation and document review; 30% discount on legal fees.
King County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Referrals to attorneys in many areas of law or to relevant agencies. If your inquiry involves a personal injury case, a workers compensation case, or an appeal of a Social Security or Disability denial, your first consultation with an attorney is free. For other matters, the first half-hour consulation is $35.
Community resources / Consumer information
Northwest Justice Project Free legal resources, legal information and self-help materials for civil legal problems in Washington State
Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women's Law Center) Legal information and referral hotline - 206-621-7691 - provides information about your legal rights in Washington State. Free legal self-help publications on a number of issues including Family Law, Violence Against Women, Consumer and Debt, LGBT and more.
Washington State Bar Association Consumer Information Pamphlets A series of consumer information pamphlets on various legal topics including: Alternatives to Court, Lawyers: What you need to know, Dissolution of Marriage, Elder Law, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant, and more.
Family Law / Divorce resources
King County Family Law Facilitators Program Provides information and referrals to family law litigants who are not represented by attorneys. Provides helpful resources including Divorce Roadmap: A presentation on filing for divorce; downloadable family law forms and instructions; and a class on non-parental navigation. Locations in Seattle and Kent.

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