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When it comes to health, taking care of our minds is just as important as taking care of our bodies. WorkWell NYC recognizes that there are many factors that can impact your mental well-being and affect your ability to take care of yourself, contribute to the world, and connect with friends, family, co-workers, and community.

Our Be Well program offers programs and resources to support your emotional well-being and help you manage stresses of everyday life.


Be Well Webinar Wednesdays:

Join WorkWell NYC for a series of lunchtime webinars designed to help you work well, live well, and be well!

Register for one or all:


Resilience for a Healthy Life  

Resilience for a Healthy Life
The connection between mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing

Wed., June 12 at 1:00 PM


Register here


Past Webinars

View previous WorkWell NYC webinars on mental well-being here.  Learn More

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Missed a webinar? Catch up with the recordings and resources below:

 

Staying Calm Under Pressure  

Staying Calm Under Pressure
Dealing with difficult situations

Materials:
Slides

View recording here

 


 
Learn to Stress Less  

Learn to Stress Less
Understanding and managing your stress effectively

Materials:
Slides

View recording here

Eat Well, Be Well  

Eat Well, Be Well
The relationship between what you eat and how you feel

Materials:
Slides

View recording here


Financial Fitness for the New Year  

Financial Fitness
Healthy habits for your wallet

Download tip sheet here

View recording here


How Good Habits Drive Happiness  

How Good Habits Drive Happiness
The science and practice of good life

Materials:
Wellbeing Wheel of Life
My Wellbeing To Do List
Relaxation Exercises
Slides
References

View recording here


What's the Big Deal About Sleep?  

What's the Big Deal About Sleep?

View recording here

 



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Mythbusting: Mental Health
Breaking down the facts and myths about mental wellness

View recording here


12 Days of Gratitude Challenge

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The 12 Days of Gratitude Challenge has ended, but you can go for gratefulness anytime!

Gratitude is about taking time to recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate the goodness in life – no matter how big or how small. Download the challenge guide here and follow along with the calendar on page 2 to give yourself the gift of gratitude.

 

 

 

 


What to Know

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Some days, our bodies are healthier than others – and the same is true for our minds. Our mental health can change over time, especially when life feels overwhelming. 

Poor mental health can affect your thoughts, feelings, moods or behaviors. If you’ve experienced mental health problems, you’re not alone: 1 in 5 New Yorkers are affected in a given year.

 

Learn more in the video below:

 

For more information:

 

The Health Department offers free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for City employees and the general public on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges or crises. Learn more or sign up for a training here.


Manage Stress

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Link to Stop Stress in Its Tracks PDF

Everyone experiences stress at times - it’s a natural reaction to the demands of life.

Learning how to cope with stress can help you keep your mind and body healthy.

Find out more about stress and get tips to help you manage it here.

 


Understand What to Say

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Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to say to someone who is struggling with their mental health. However, with 1 in 5 New Yorkers affected by a mental health disorder each year, it’s important to know how to have a conversation about mental health to support our family members, friends, co-workers, and community members who may be dealing with mental health issues.

 

Choose the Right Words

 

Here are some helpful things to say to someone who may be dealing with a mental health issue:

  • “It is hard for me to understand exactly what you are going through, but I can see that it’s distressing for you.”
  • “Something seems to be bothering you. Do you want to talk about it?”
  • “I would like to help you. Can you tell me what might be helpful?”
  • "If you don’t feel comfortable talking with me, I know of other resources that might be of help.”

 

Helpful things to consider when starting a conversation about mental health:

  • Don’t dismiss negative feelings or blame the person.
  • There are many reasons why someone may be reluctant to discuss their mental health issues, even if they want help, such as shame, guilt, or fear.
  • Invite the person to join you in an activity, such as talking a walk or getting coffee/tea – but don’t take it personally if they turn you down.
  • Express your concern and willingness to listen and learn what they think may help.
  • Offer emotional support and encouragement, and be patient.
  • Encourage the person to find and stick with treatment.
  • Be prepared to offer information on where to get help.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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If you or someone you know may be affected by a mental health problem, help is available:

The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) offers free and confidential resources, support, and referrals to employees and their family members.

EAP can also help you navigate health insurance coverage and identify appropriate mental health care and providers for their needs.

EAP’s services are completely confidential and will not affect your job status. Your first visit to the EAP will be covered as an excused absence in CityTime.

You can reach the EAP at 212-306-7660 or at eap@olr.nyc.gov.

 

NYC Well counselors are available to help 24/7/365:

NYC Well
  • Call 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355)
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  • Text WELL to 65173.
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  • Visit nyc.gov/nycwell to chat online.

 

 

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Your regular health care provider can also offer information and help. To find a provider in your network call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit the Health Benefits Program to find your health plan website.

 

If someone is in immediate danger of harming him or herself, or someone else, call 911.


Understand Your Benefits

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All health plans offered through the City provide extensive mental health and substance misuse coverage with very modest copays.  

The table below details the in-network coverage for the no-cost plans selected by the majority of active City employees:

In-Network Coverage for Mental Health/Substance Misuse

Plan

Outpatient

 

Inpatient

EmblemHealth
GHI CBP
$0 copay: Preferred Providers
$15 copay: Participating Providers
  $300 copay per admit and
$750 max copay per calendar year
EmblemHealth
HIP HMO

$0 copay: Preferred Providers
$10 copay: Prime Providers

For substance misuse care, up to 20 visits per calendar year may be used for family counseling.

 

$100 copay pay per admission

Need help finding a provider?

  • EmblemHealth members can visit BeaconHealth to find in-network providers for mental health or substance misuse.  Go to EmblemHealth and select your plan from the Locate a Doctor, Hospital or Other Health Care Service. Select Mental Health and Substance Abuse under Type of Provider to be directed to BeaconHealth.
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  • Employees with other health insurance coverage should contact their health plan.
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  • Your regular health care provider can also offer information and help. To find a provider in your network call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit the Health Benefits Program to find your health plan website.
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  • The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) can also help employees and their family members identify and choose the best mental health care and providers for their needs. You can reach the EAP at 212-306-7660 or by email at eap@olr.nyc.gov.

 

Looking for support? The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) offers free, confidential information, education, counseling, and referrals to employees and family members.   EAP logo