The EAP is making several services available for employees furloughed by MSU.

EAP Counseling Services:

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service provided at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, retirees, graduate student employees, and their insurance eligible dependents.  The EAP is still available to all MSU employees while furloughed.

EAP Counselors On-Call:

EAP counselors will be on-call this weekend (5/23/20-5/25/20) for any furloughed employees who may be in crisis or needing to talk with someone this weekend. Any furloughed employees who may need immediate assistance this weekend may call the EAP line (517-355-4506) and leave a message. An EAP Counselor will call back and provide brief supportive counseling over the phone.

Debriefing Sessions: 

Next week, the EAP will offer debriefing sessions for furloughed employees. A debriefing session allows participants to have their experiences heard and validated while going through a stressful situation. The session will also provide people with thoughts and ideas about how to take care of their mental and emotional selves during this time of uncertainty and confusion. The first session will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at noon over Zoom. To sign up, please go to and fill out and submit the form. The sessions will each be capped, and they will be filled on a "first come, first served" basis. If the first session fills up, we will create additional sessions to accommodate those who would like to participate. The EAP will be in contact with any employees about when the sessions will be held, as well as sending out links to the Zoom sessions.

Essential Skills for Navigating Difficult Times Webinar: A Skill Building and Support Series for MSU employees experiencing furlough or layoff due to the impact of the novel coronavirus

We are all living and working in unprecedented circumstances. Our work worlds and home lives have merged together in layered and complicated ways as we all do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. For many of us, our stress levels are at an all-time high. We are individually and collectively riding an emotional rollercoaster that we can’t slow down, and we control. 

Now you have been placed on furlough or are experiencing a layoff as a direct impact of this virus, This introduces you to new experiences of applying for unemployment, navigating additional economic challenges, readjusting your day to day life without the routine and structure that work provides. You are navigating this new change, while still navigating all the other elements of this pandemic.

Given all that we are facing, and the level of uncertainty that the situation presents, it can be difficult to maintain our bearings and be able to respond to our daily challenges with our best, value-guided self. This resilience training and support program has been created to teach basic resilience skills while providing a sense of community connection and support over the coming weeks as MSU leaders continue to gather data and make decisions about when and how to re-open MSU.

Beginning, June 9, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. - Lisa Laughman, Michigan State University’s Lead Emotional Wellness Consultant will facilitate an 8-week basic resilience training course designed to help employees experiencing furlough process emotions and effectively navigate whatever personal and professional challenges are presenting in this moment. 

This basic resilience training program will provide participants:

• Operating instructions for your personal, emotional guidance system

• Practical reset skills to help you regain your sense of balance and perspective as you move through these difficult days

• Introduction to 6 skills that will help you strengthen your psychological flexibility

• Skill building to help you understand and navigate the full range of human emotions required for a rich, full meaningful life 

• Value clarification exercises to help you claim the core values you will use to help you navigate whatever comes your way in this time of crisis and change

This live webinar series will be open only to MSU employees currently experiencing furlough or layoff. We hope you will utilize this course as an opportunity to build your skills and to stay connected to the MSU workforce community while you are off work.

To find out additional information and to register to attend this on-line course, offered free of charge by the MSU Employee Assistance Program and the MSU Health4U Program, please go to

The Mission of the MSU Employee Assistance Program is to support and enhance the emotional health of the campus community.

Guiding values of MSU's EAP.

The MSU EAP offers a health based approach to mental health and emotional issues.

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