AlaskaCare Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
New to AlaskaCare? Check out the EAP Intro page
- Check out current EAP Events
- EAP contact information
- AlaskaCare EAP home page (Magellan Health Services)
- EAP brochure [PDF 795K]
The AlaskaCare EAP, administered by Magellan Health Services, is a confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life's challenges. EAP services are available to you at no cost, as your employer has prepaid these services. You have up to 6 counseling sessions available to you. The EAP can help with things like job or work stress, parenting, alcohol and drugs, marital problems, anxiety, and depression.
EAP Benefits include:
- 24 Hour Telephone Access – Program information and access available 24 hours a day
- Crisis Management – Immediate phone-based crisis services available 24 hours
- In-Person Counseling – In-person counseling with an EAP clinician
- Telephonic Assessment – When you call your EAP, you will speak with a counselor
- Web-based discount center with discounts on over 3,500,000 products and services
- Work-life services – practical solutions to all life stage issues, including child and eldercare, education resources and daily needs
AlaskaCare Employee Assistance Program:
- (800) 478-2812
- Magellan Self-Screening: (866) 688-9953
- For TTY Users: (800) 456-4006
With the hustle and bustle of school back in full swing- your children might start bringing home large quantities of homework assignments. Here is an article about how you can help your child through homework assignments: Helping your child with homework [PDF]
Family Child Care
Finding child care can be overwhelming. This family child care article [PDF] will provide you with in-depth information about family child care options.
With winter only three months away, you might be trying to squeeze in a quick home improvement project. Hiring contractors can be tricky. Everyone wants a trust worthy, reliable contractor working on their home. Here is an article that can provide you with helpful tips about what to look for when hiring a contractor: Home Improvements [PDF]
Depression is Both Common and Treatable
What is depression?
Feeling blue from time to time is normal. Usually, times of sadness pass, and treatment is not needed. Depression is more than feeling blue. It is a serious medical condition that can affect your mood and thinking. It also affects how you feel about yourself, your relationships, and your daily routine. For some people, depression can lead to suicide.
Signs of depression
Some common signs of depression are:
- Constantly feeling sad or empty
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Weight gain or weight loss that is not due to dieting
- Slowed movement or feeling restless
- Too much or too little sleep
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Feeling worthless or guilty much of the time
- Unable to concentrate, remember things or make decisions
- Constant thoughts of death or suicide
Treatment for depression
Effective treatment for depression is available. The most common treatments are:
- This involves talking with a mental health professional (therapist or counselor) about ways to better cope with changes in your life. Research has shown that it is effective for depression and that most people see progress in a timely manner.
- Antidepressant medication.
- Medicine can help correct an imbalance in the chemicals that control a person’s mood. Most medicine can be used safely, but should be prescribed by a doctor who knows about the drug and how it might affect blood sugar. Be sure to tell all of your doctors about all of your medical conditions and all of the medication that you’re taking. Most people will see signs of relief within four to six weeks.
- A combination of the two.
- This approach combines “talk therapy” with antidepressant medication and can be more effective for some people than either medicine or psychotherapy alone.
Other treatments are available and can be described by your health care provider. Self-screening for depression is available by calling (866) 688-9953 or logging on to MagellanHealth.com/member and clicking on the Depression Screening or Assessments tabs.
If depression impacts you or your family members, the employee assistance program (EAP) is here to help. Counselors are available to support you and your family at no cost. Your EAP counselor can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (800) 478-2812, or by logging on to MagellanHealth.com/member.
© 2004 Magellan Healthy Services, Inc.
Success at School, Peace at Home!
Supporting your children so they can succeed at school begins with fostering peace at home. To guide you and your family through the excitement of the upcoming school year, the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, and Parenting magazine have produced Countdown to School Success, a month-by-month handbook with steps to increase the chances that both you and your children enjoy a positive year.
For the month of September, Countdown to School Success encourages you to:
- Meet your children’s teachers
- Establish routines for homework and sleeping
- Use free productivity tools to more easily track activities
- Encourage your children to wear their backpacks correctly
- Volunteer at school
You can read more tips for the rest of the school year by visiting Ed.gov/parents/countdown-success.
Remember, if things get stressful during the school year, the employee assistance program (EAP) is here to help. Counselors are available to support you and your family at no cost. Your EAP counselor can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (800) 478-2812, or by logging on to MagellanHealth.com/Member.
Sources: Magellan Healthyroads, U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, and Parenting Magazine
Sleep Your Way to Good Health
To some, it might not seem like a big deal when you skimp a little on your sleep. You’re a busy person, there are a thousand things to do, and something’s got to give. So what if you feel a bit cranky the next day? Or it takes an extra cup of coffee to jolt your groggy brain into gear. There’s no real harm, right?
Researchers who study sleep disagree. Lack of sleep has been linked to chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and depression. They’ve found that lack of sleep can affect your immune system, making it harder to fend of viruses like the common cold. Many studies also show that not getting enough shut-eye may cause weight gain. All of these things can put a wrinkle in your health and fitness plans. Short and long term, losing sleep can take a toll on your health.
Nearly a third of adults have symptoms of insomnia. These may be caused by physical symptoms such as back pain or heartburn. But your mental state can also interfere with sleep. Who hasn't tossed and turned when things are stressful? When you have a lot on your mind, it can be hard to fall or stay asleep. You might feel that you have too much to do. But not getting enough sleep can make it harder to handle stress. In fact, losing sleep can even lead to more stress.
Sleep is vital during stressful times. But how much sleep is enough? There is no easy answer to that. For some, 7 hours may be plenty. If you’re not feeling well, you may need more. Most doctors suggest about 7–9 hours a night. You’ll need to see what works for you.
If you’re having trouble getting the sleep you need, these ideas may help:
- Keep the same sleep schedule. Have a bed time and a wake time that you stick with each day.
- Avoid items that have caffeine in them. This includes coffee, tea, and chocolate. If you can’t live without your hot cocoa, at least steer clear later in the day.
- Get daily exercise. And try to exercise 5–6 hours before going to bed.
- Relax before bedtime. Read, take a warm bath, or listen to quiet music.
- Make your bedroom a cool, quiet place. No TVs or other electronics.
If you have trouble sleeping for more than a night or two, you may want to talk to your doctor. He or she can help you get the sleep you need for your health and your stress levels. Remember, if you always put sleep last on your list, there’s more at risk than just feeling out of sorts. Good health depends on good sleep.
If stress and worry impact your ability to sleep well, remember the free resource that is available to you – your employee assistance program (EAP). Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide confidential assistance. Your EAP service, available at no cost to you or your other AlaskaCare-covered family members, can be reached 24/7 by calling (800) 478-2812.
© 2013 American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH). All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from ASH.