Benefits Spotlight – Mental Health Support

RCUH firmly believes that addressing mental health concerns or receiving care for mental illness is crucial to increasing our employees’ total well-being. Mental health includes our physical, emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is more than the absence of a mental illness – it is essential to overall health and quality of life. It affects how we think, act, and feel. Promoting good mental health strengthens individuals, families, and communities.

Below are resources for mental health awareness. If you are struggling with a serious situation, please seek professional help, contact 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and only half of them receive treatment.
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24
The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is eleven years.

There is no health without mental health.” – World Health Organization (WHO)

Everyone should continually monitor their overall stress levels. This can vary for different people and during different times of the year as our workloads ebb and flow. Be able to recognize when it is time to take a break and recharge; burnout does not happen overnight.

  • Red (In Crisis): There is a crisis. Our mind and body is declining and we may start experiencing poor health conditions, headaches, depression, or anxiety. We may be disengaged, argumentative, and irritatable.
  • Orange (Struggling): Work is demanding but unsustainable. We can be here for short periods of time, like if we have an upcoming deadline. If we stay here for too long, we will enter into the red.
  • Yellow (Surviving): Work is demanding but sustainable. We are still able to do things that matter.
  • Green (Thriving): When all goes well. We are smiling, laughing, and engaged.

RCUH Employee Benefits and Resources

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
MetLife’s EAP is covered under RCUH’s Long-Term Disability. EAP provides employees (and their household members) confidential support for personal issues, planning for life events, or simple managing daily life. Access the TELUS Health web portal for additional toolkits and resources.

Family & Medical Leave (FML)
FML allows employees to take reasonable unpaid/paid job-protected leave for specified reasons under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state Hawaii Family Leave Law (HFLL). Contact RCUH Employee Benefits for assistance.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Healthcare
You can use your FSA Healthcare account for out-of-pocket mental health support. The FSA Store has a mental health section.

Medical Provider Support
If enrolled in RCUH’s medical, our providers have mental health support services that you can access in person or via telehealth.

Time Off/Take a Mental Health Break
Taking vacation can help increase positive emotions and reduce stress and depression. Employees can request for (unpaid or paid) time off from work. Eligible employees are subject to vacation forfeiture after December 31st, so avoid burnout and take that well deserved time off!

Other Mental Health Resources

Launched 4/2024