Engaging in emergency response is stressful. While the work is rewarding, the long hours, breadth of demands, and exposure to human suffering can be difficult for even the most seasoned employee. To support King County employees involved in the ongoing COVID-19 response, Balanced You has partnered with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Public Health– Seattle & King County to provide Debriefing Groups to employees.
What are Debriefing Groups
Drop-in Debriefing Groups, facilitated by King County EAP counselors trained in supporting employees during stressful situations, provide responders the space to connect with colleagues and reflect on experiences, process stress, and share strategies for coping.
These groups are completely voluntary for employees. Drop-in Debriefing Groups are held at different times throughout the week to accommodate employees’ schedules. Employees are invited to join any group that meets their need. You do not need to attend all groups to participate. Groups are designed so you can join as often as is helpful to you.
How to Join
There are currently three drop-in Debriefing Groups available for King County employees. Each group is one hour long. Drop-in Groups will begin on Tuesday, January 19, and details are as follows:
Drop-in groups for all employees
These two weekly groups are for all employees involved in King County’s COVID response:
Wednesdays, from 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Thursdays, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Drop-in groups for BIPOC employees
This weekly group is for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) employees.
Tuesdays, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Please see Drop-in Debriefing Group flyer below for distribution to employees. Contact Balanced You at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about drop-in groups or if you would like to schedule a recurring Debriefing Group for your team.
For more information on mental health resources, see this Mental Health Resource Guide for an overview of resources available from King County and from the community. For one-on-one counseling, employees can access the Employee Assistance Program for work-related issues or Making Life Easier for non-work-related issues.