University of Calgary

LifeWorks is here to help

UToday HomeMarch 4, 2013

By Carly Moran

Katie Chapman, the university’s health promotion consultant, is helping create awareness of LifeWorks, the Employee and Family Assistance Program for faculty and staff. Photo by Riley BrandtKatie Chapman, the university’s health promotion consultant, is helping create awareness of LifeWorks, the Employee and Family Assistance Program for faculty and staff. Photo by Riley BrandtWhether you need assistance planning a family vacation, or resources to cope with grief or depression, LifeWorks — the university’s confidential provider of the Employee and Family Assistance Program — has something for everyone. The program covers a wide range of topics with resources available in five main areas: life, health, family, work and money.

“The LifeWorks program aims at supporting faculty and staff through the whole continuum,” says Katie Chapman, health promotion consultant, Staff Wellness. “The resources available through LifeWorks are designed to address both every day issues and complex problems, such as depression or marital issues, which require more comprehensive support.”

University of Calgary faculty and staff across the province and around the world can access LifeWorks services 24 hours a day, seven days a week in person, by telephone or online; spouses and dependents are also covered.

“Staff Wellness goes beyond dealing with crises or tough situations,” says Chapman. “Some of the most beneficial aspects of a program like LifeWorks are the positive health and wellness resources that are available any time day or night.”

Telephone support is available in a variety of languages, and phone calls are answered by highly trained, professional counsellors who can provide immediate assistance. The website offers access to supplementary resources including free booklets, audio CDs, podcasts and handouts. There are no limits to the number of times an individual can access services, and professionals are available by phone or email to help research even the most unique requests.

“All faculty and staff should visit the LifeWorks website via the link on the Staff Wellness website and browse even for a few minutes,” says Chapman. “There are resources available that many wouldn’t expect; resources that help support more productive, engaged, healthy individuals and families.”

Learn more about LifeWorks by contacting Katie Chapman.

Staff Wellness promotes and supports university faculty and staff in achieving and maintaining health and well-being, and assists during times of illness or injury.

 

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