A Letter from your EAP Coordinator

Hello Employees,

I am hoping that you are doing your best to take care of yourself and each other in this time of uncertainty. I will be working remotely and my main focus during this time is to support you, the employees at CSU.

There is so much to be said during this historic time of uncertainty, grieving, and anxiety in our country. I do not pretend to be a expert on anti-racism but I am committed to doing the work.  I am obviously not a medical professional and so cannot speak to the physical health of each of us or give guidance on how we choose to socialize, work on campus or not, or what the requirements should be for each individual. What I can say with certainty is that this is a time when it seems that we are being asked to pause. Potentially being asked to accept that we may not have control over circumstances outside ourselves. We can all make our best effort to educate ourselves about how to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19. We can all educate ourselves and look internally and with humility to be aware of our own bias, racism, and whiteness in a system that we did not create but that we perpetuate by our inaction.

Below, I can share how I aspire to navigate this time. I fail often and I grieve almost daily. I am also privileged enough to have most of the resources I need and escape racism and most bias based on my identity. None the less, I keep trying the following:

  • Be gentle with myself and others. Whatever I am feeling right now is valid and I can allow myself to feel that
  • I reach out for help. I call and text my friend and family often. Sometimes it actually helps to know that I am not alone in my struggle.
  • Engage in my own therapy and healing. This helps me but also my partner, my child and all the people who depend on me for support.
  • I attempt to find ways that I can help others who may be struggling more than myself or have less resources
  • I am taking in a lot of content (podcasts, shows, books, etc) to help educate myself on my own white supremacy and racism so that I can work to be more inclusive and understanding of people who live in black and brown bodies.
  • Remind myself of a quote by the amazing Brene Brown, “I don’t need to be right, I want to get it right”. This helps remind me that I can make mistakes and remain humble.

Please know that you are not alone in this struggle. I may not have an answer but I will do my best to find answers for you if you reach out.

If you would like to set up an appointment with me, please email me at: jan.pierce@colostate.edu or leave a message at 970-491-3437.

Take good care,

Jan Pierce
EAP Coordinator

Resources

Compsych– call 24/7  (800)-497-9133 If you cannot get an appointment with a counselor within 2 weeks, please call or email Jan Pierce, MS, LPC

Diversity Resources

Summit Stone Crisis Services

Health District/Connections On-Call Information
Employee Assistance Website
On-Line Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Domestic Violence Hotline
Additional Domestic Violence Support
CDC/Managing Stress and Anxiety/Coronavirus
WHO Mental Health Considerations

Financial Support and Giving Back

During this time, some of us might find that we are in need for financial support and some of us might have the ability to offer financial support. Wherever you land on this spectrum, we want all CSU Rams to know that we can help each other out. Here are some ways to both give and receive financial support and know that it is going to or coming from a fellow Ram.

ComPsych and State of Colorado EAP Resources

So many options to choose from!

State of Colorado EAP Webinars (CSEAP)

ComPsych Resources: Multi Language

Additional Resources

CARE Program