Drop-in “Debriefing Groups” for stress and coping now available for employees involved in the COVID-19 response

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.

Join Zoom meeting here.

Passcode: 608116

Thursdays, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Zoom meeting here.

Passcode: 983405

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.

Join Zoom meeting here.

Passcode: 900278

Please see Drop-in Debriefing Group flyer below for distribution to employees. Contact Balanced You at balancedyou@kingcounty.gov for more information about drop-in groups or if you would like to schedule a recurring Debriefing Group for your team.

Drop-in Debriefing Groups Flyer

Additional Resources

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.

  • Employee Assistance Program: Call 206-263-8733 to make an appointment. For more information email HRDEAP@kingcounty.gov.
  • Making Life Easier: Access the program at kcmakinglifeasier.com with user name: King County or call 1-888-874-7290.

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