Benefits

Welcome to the Gallaudet University's Benefits website. Gallaudet University offers a comprehensive benefits package to its regular status staff, faculty, and teachers. This website will enable you to view detailed information regarding each benefit offered by the University. Please refer to the links on the left side. The Benefits Office is also available to assist you in understanding and maximizing your benefits. You can reach the Benefits Office through email or by phone 202-250-2634 (V/VP). You can also stop by the Benefits Office in College Hall, Room 105. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

* The DFCU Mobile Branch will be on campus every Tuesday from 9:30am – 12:30pm in the College Hall Parking Lot.  If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Steve Davitt at sdavitt@democracyfcu.org or at 703.647.7069.

* EAP Mental Health and Depression Awareness
The month of October provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and depression; to educate, fight the stigma, and provide support to those suffering or affected by mental health disorders.   

Mental Health Awareness week is the first week in October and this year the National Depression Screening Day is on October 5th. 

What is Depression? 
It is normal for everyone to feel down or sad sometimes.  These feelings can occur after having a bad day at work, having an argument with a loved one, or getting a bad grade on an exam.  In most cases, these feelings do not last, and a person's mood improves within a few days.  But a person with depression has symptoms that interfere with his or her daily life for at least two weeks. 

Depression is a common and serious mental disorder and it can affect people in different ways.  It can change how a person feels, thinks, acts, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working.  People with depression may feel sad, hopeless, angry, irritable, and tired.  They may have physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, migraines, and muscle pains.  They may have suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. 
An estimated 16 million American adults--almost 7% of the population--had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.  People of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression, but it does affect some groups more than others. 

What are some common signs and symptoms? 
A person with depression may not realize it.  The symptoms vary from person to person.  Without proper treatment, the symptoms may get worse. 
A person with depression will have some of the following symptoms for at least two weeks, as well as significant impact on their daily life functions: 

Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
Irritability
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
Decrease energy or fatigue
Moving or talking more slowly
Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Appetite and/or weight changes
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Have you or a loved one been feeling down?  Screenings are available! 
You can take the free and anonymous screening offered by the Screening for Mental Health at: http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org/

Your EAP is here to help. 
If you need somewhere to turn, your Employee Assistance Program is available.  Through your EAP, you have access to free, confidential counseling services, as well as a variety of resources to help you deal with difficult times. 

Go to your EAP website: www.EAPHelpLink.com and enter your code: GALLY. Available anytime, any day, the EAP is a free, confidential program to help you balance your work, family and personal life.  Call us at 1/800-607-1522 or visit them online at www.EAPHelpLink.com.  Please see more EAP information here.


EVENTS

KEPRO October Website Theme and Online Seminar
Energy Boost: An Active Approach to Well-Being

Sedentary behavior is the fourth leading risk factor of death for people all over the world.  Learn to incorporate frequent desk exercises and movement into your day.  Additionally learn proper ergonomic tips to help ease job stress and reduce chronic injury. 

Monthly Webinar Title:  IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH WITH ERGONOMICS AND FREQUENT MOVEMENT
Date: Available on demand beginning October 17th. 
Broadcast Length: 50 Minutes
How to Access: Go to your EAP website: www.EAPhelplink.com, enter your code: GALLY and look for Online Seminars in the lower right hand corner of this homepage or you can search for them by title. 

Democracy Federal Credit Union's Lunch and Learn

"Where Can I Get Help with My Retirement Planning?" on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at College Hall, Room 406.

Liberty Mutual Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, October 17th from 12:30PM to 1:30PM and from 3:30PM to 4:30PM at College Hall, Room 406.  Click here for more information

Thrift Savings Plan "Introduction to TSP" Presentation

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM at SAC 1010 and 3:30PM to 4:30PM at KDES Auditorium. 

If interested, please e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu.  

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