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NMSU Employee Assistance Program: a resource for all

Date: 02/01/2013

All New Mexico State University employees - academic and nonacademic - have access to a benefit that few probably realize is available to them: the Employee Assistance Program.

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To schedule a confidential appointment with the Employee Assistance Program staff, call 575-646-6603. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about the EAP visit http://wellness.nmsu.edu/eap/.

The NMSU Employee Assistance Program is housed on the Las Cruces campus and provides confidential counseling and referral services based on the idea that it is in the best interest of both the employee and university to aid and retain valued personnel. The services are free.

"Our job and home lives affect one another," said Darío Silva, director of the Employee Assistance Program. "It speaks well of an institution that does something to care for employees and their families."

Silva related several stressors that might cause someone to seek assistance from the EAP, such as stress at work, work relationships, a friend or family member passing and a variety of family issues. Asking for help or seeking out someone to talk to about the situation is a sign of strength.

The EAP also provides educational stress management seminars, mediation services to resolve workplace conflict and consultation for supervisors concerning identification and intervention with employees experiencing personal or work-related problems.

"Sometimes faculty and staff just need a safe place to be able to talk and figure things out with an objective listener," Silva said. "Consultation sessions at EAP are confidential."

The EAP is staffed with a licensed mental health clinician and has access to physicians and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. If need be, EAP can accommodate requests for a gender-specific or bilingual Spanish/English counselor.

Though the EAP does not provide services to employees' dependent children, an employee's spouse or domestic partner is eligible for counseling services.

"I believe in health and wellness," Silva said. "A contented and healthy workforce makes for a more creative and productive institution. Having a happy, healthy workforce is the driving force for what I do."

The Employee Assistance Program has been serving NMSU since 1991.

To schedule a confidential appointment with the Employee Assistance Program staff, call 575-646-6603. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about the EAP visit http://wellness.nmsu.edu/eap/.

Written by Emily C. Kelley



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