Employee Assistance Programs
What is an Employee Assistance Program?
Many MGEU members have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which helps them and their families with problems that have an impact on their home or work life. These types of programs are both confidential and completely voluntary.
How can EAP help?
Just as all of us occasionally suffer from some physical illness or disability, we can also experience personal or emotional difficulties at some point in our lives. Most of the time, we are able to solve our problems with the help of family or friends. Sometimes, though, the problem persists and becomes overwhelming, affecting our life at work and at home. EAP helps employees and their families deal with problems before they negatively impact their personal and work life.
What kinds of problems does EAP deal with?
EAP deals with a wide range of personal issues, including:
- health concerns;
- anxiety, depression, stress and grief;
- alcohol, gambling and drug addiction; and
- family problems.
Common EAP Providers for MGEU members
- The Provincial Government Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to Government of Manitoba employees, employees of contracted organizations, as well as family members – spouse, partner or dependent children – who reside with the employee. Contact 204-945-5786, toll-free 1-866-669-4916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Blue Cross EAP Program is available to members of some MGEU health care Locals. Contact 204-775-0151 or toll-free 1-888-596-1032
If you're not sure if EAP services are provided in your workplace, or which program you're entitled to use, contact your employer for more information.