HR Update

Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Friday, January 6, 2023 - 14:00

Struggling with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? Your University benefits are here to help. 

  • All benefits-eligible employees and their dependents can find a counselor through Lyra, the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. The EAP provides eight free sessions of counseling per issue, as well as other mental health resources including coaching. Get started. 
  • If you’re enrolled in a University medical plan, the Wellbeing Program offers free meditation, exercise, and other self-care resources from Virgin Pulse. Sign up for the program or log in to the platform. 
  • If you have a health care flexible spending account (FSA), you can use funds to purchase a light therapy lamp. Learn about eligible expenses from WEX, the University’s FSA provider.

If you work on the Twin Cities campus, Magrath Library and Walter Library have light therapy lamps available for checkout (first come, first served). You can also reserve a workstation equipped with a light therapy lamp at Magrath or Walter.

And remember, “the best SAD remedy is to get outside for 30 minutes a day, no matter how cold it might be,” as Jean Larson with the U of M’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing shared in this Star Tribune article, which also quotes Mary Rohman Kuhl, OHR’s senior director of Total Rewards.

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Preventing Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Retaliation course enrollments continue to be paused due to accessibility issues on the part of the vendor. 

Exception form for new staff and/or union faculty positions that are not in the approved budget, and/or a new or replacement positions that pay more than $75,000/year.

Attend one of two sessions, or submit feedback via a form.

The University supports AFSCME employees participating in the "Day on the Hill" event.

Specific roles at the University will have to complete a required online course on disability accommodations and inclusive course design this spring.