mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

employee assistance program

Be Well at Work is run by UC Berkeley Health Services and also serves Berkeley Lab employees.

The Employee Assistance Program provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for Berkeley Lab employees. The program is available to employees, and their families and dependents. The services are completely voluntary and there is no fee for services.

Employee Assistance offers support in a wide range of issues, including: work-related stress, relationship/couples issues, child and teenager problems, depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems, grief and loss, alcohol, drug and other addictions, elder and dependent adult care and consultations and training services for faculty and staff management.

Be Well at Work Work/Life delivers programs and services to support LBL staff with integrating work and home life at any stage, including around personal and family obligations, parenting resources and support groups.

health insurance benefits

Mental health and physical health go hand in hand, so UC’s medical coverage includes behavioral health benefits for mental health services and substance abuse treatment. Members can use their behavioral health benefits for sessions with counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists to address issues such as depression and anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, or medication management.

other resources

Warm-lines & Support Services

  • California Peer-Run Warm Line - non-emergency resource for emotional support. 1-855-845-7415

  • California Friendship Line – serving older adults and caregivers. (888) 670-1360.

  • 211.org - comprehensive source for local social service information: food, housing, health care and mental health care.

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

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

  • National Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-43576

Mental Health Resources for veterans

If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with a qualified Veterans Crisis Line responder for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

For additional resources, take a look at the VA suicide prevention website.

Are you looking for ways to improve handling the stress of shelter in place? Have you found approaches that enhance your resilience around the challenges of working from home that you can share? Connect with fellow Berkeley Lab colleagues and join in on short facilitated discussions once every two weeks to share tips on being well throughout this challenging time. Hosted by the All Access ERG, the sessions will be roughly 30 minutes each, during the lunch hour every other Tuesday. Join us on Zoom!

Ongoing: Every two weeks, on Tuesday at 12:15 pm

Now more than ever mental health is an important part of our lives and the lives of those we love and care for. If you’re looking for resources to help, please take a look at the All Access ERG resource list. We have UC Berkeley/LBL employee resources, Bay Area resources and lists of national hotlines.