Wellbeing and Support
What’s available to you in the USDA Forest Service for wellbeing and support?
Your wellbeing is a critical element of the work environment and the Forest Service mission. These resources offer support for your work and home life, whether you are interested in learning and growth or are facing a difficult problem or crisis. We all need support, and you can find it here.
Visit the Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Hub (internal only)
Wellbeing Week 2022 (internal only)
The Forest Service held an agency-wide Wellbeing Week in June 2022. Individual recordings of many of the sessions are available below, and you can find a Vimeo Playlist of all the recordings here.
Chief's Leader's Intent and Opening Remarks
Your Options: Employee Support Resources
Strengthening the Brain
For Wellness Sake: Movement
Being a Savvy Consumer of Mental Health Services
Guided Break: Try It On
Our Wellness Programs
Stress First Aid
What's Right For Me: Coaching and Counseling
Healthy Boundaries: Workloads and Worklife Balance
The Forest Service has an agency-wide Employee Assistance Program (EAP) contract with Espyr to provide no-cost, professional help when you need it to solve work or personal problems. Available to all employees and their families, regardless of appointment type or duration, the EAP offers guidance in a wide range of areas, including financial and legal matters, substance abuse, stress, marital and family problems, and stress and mental health support.
There are various ways to access care and support, including in-person, video, telephone, chat/text, or online messaging counseling. The EAP website also offers a host of useful resources. Espyr offers a 24/7 toll-free line, and all calls will be answered by certified clinicians. Further, clinicians with experience supporting first responders (fire and law enforcement) will be available to assist you. Please see this Espyr information sheet (internal link) and these EAP FAQs (internal link) for more information.
FS Agency-wide: ESPYR®
Member Login/Agency: USFS
Phone: (833) 621-2989
Smart Phone App: Espyr Connect (Download to work or personal cell phone)
Services Provided by ESPYR our new EAP Provider
USDA Forest Service has partnered with Espyr® to provide employees and eligible family members with a comprehensive EAP, including all of these services:
- Health Coaching - 6 telephonic sessions with a certified health coach who will help you set and achieve goals to improve your health and wellness.
- Life Coaching - 6 telephonic sessions with a coach to help you develop skills, maximize strengths, and overcome barriers to reaching your full potential.
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training - 6 virtual one-on-one sessions to develop calming and focusing strategies and to learn and practice mindfulness in everyday life.
- Counseling Support for stress, marital and family problems, job related concerns, life transitions, work-life challenges, emotional issues, and other concerns.
- TalkNow® provides immediate access to counselors for in-the-moment support, and guidance.
- Up to 6 EAP sessions for assessment, short-term counseling, and referral.
- Telephonic, video, and in-person options available.
- Legal assistance for issues such as divorce, family law, wills, adoption, and more. Identity Theft Recovery and mediation services are also available. Get a free 30-minute consultation and 25% discount off the mediator or attorney fees for services rendered beyond the EAP.
- Financial consultation regarding debt matters, investment options, money management, taxes, and retirement planning. Financial personnel services are discounted at 25% as are CPA tax preparation fees.
- Work-Life specialists provide consultation, information, resources, and verified referrals for most all personal and family needs such as:
- Childcare and Eldercare
- Health and Wellness
- Pet Care
The Forest Service Casualty Assistance Program (CAP) takes a coordinated approach to assist employees, their families, and the larger interagency community following a casualty (while people usually associate the term “casualty” with death, casualty support also refers to support the Forest Service provides after a serious or traumatic injury or illness). CAP provides support for both work and non-work related (off-duty) fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.
The program educates employees and agency leaders on what support, benefits, and resources are available to employees and their families following a casualty; ensures managers understand agency procedures and legal authorities; trains official agency liaisons to engage with family members and hospital staffs; and provides critical incident peer support to those impacted by the casualty.
Visit the CAP website for more information.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Peer Support is available in all regions and provides education, support, and assistance to employees for incidental or cumulative critical incident stress experienced in the performance of their jobs and/or in the event of other emergencies, natural disasters, or other traumatic events. Interventions provided by Critical Incident Peer Support Groups (CIPS)and Mental Health Providers (MHP) follow the protocols of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). The national CISM framework under the Casualty Assistance Program promotes a consistent response across the Forest Service and in cooperation with interagency partners.
Visit the CAP website for more information.
The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs. As a Federal employee you are eligible to elect FEHB coverage. To learn more about FEHB, visit www.benefits.gov/benefit/4440, and to learn how to enroll, visit: fsweb.wo.fs.fed.us/hrm/benefits (internal link).
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, there are ways to get help.
Visit MentalHealth.gov for more information
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has several tools and resources to access local support, as well as national helplines.
Visit samhsa.gov for more information.
The Forest Service offers a wide array of trainings and tools for improving your quality of life both at work and at home. Opportunities include coaching, webinars, guided meditation breaks, videos, group learning sessions and more.
Visit the Resilience SharePoint site form more information.
If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 988.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotion distress
Dialing 988 operates through what was formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Please note the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.