From:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheehan, Kate E (DOA)

Sent:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:42 PM

To:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SOA All Employees Executive Branch

Subject:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mental Wellness Resource


Dear State Employees,


We Alaskans are resilient and ready to meet the challenges life throws our way. We are also not afraid to seek help when we need it. The uncertainty and upheaval caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 may cause feelings of stress and worry for your or your family members. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please know that help is available and please donít wait to reach out. A wide range of mental health resources are available to you:


Employee Assistance Programs

Most state employees and their families have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAPs typically offer confidential assessments, counseling, referrals and other services and information to employees and their families free of charge. Your EAP can support you as you tackle health and well-being issues, including COVID-19 related anxiety; they are geared to provide assistance with difficulties you might encounter at work, family or personal relationship problems, stress, depression, grief, addiction and recovery, and more.



Statewide Resources


I want to express my thanks to each and every one of you for your service to your state and to your fellow Alaskans, and I wish you and your families good health.


Thank you,


Kate Sheehan


Division of Personnel and Labor Relations