Stress Management Support Through GVSU


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"There are very few certainties that touch you all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardship and stress at some point."
Dr. James C. Dobson 


Encompass, GVSU's Employee Assistance Program

Life can be full of stressors, large and small, at home and at work. Fortunately, there is a place to turn. Encompass (800.788.8630) is your link to information, resources, support, and referrals on most any concern that you may experience, whether personal or work related. Let us assist you in getting the information and answers that you need, get you on the right track again, and take some of the stress out of your life. Encompass can assist with:

•   Stress management
•   Marriage and family relationship counseling
•   Grief and loss
•   Personal Relationships
•   Marriage and Family Issues
•   Nontraditional Family Issues
•   Mental Health
•   Violence and Crisis

Encompass Locations

Work Place Options: Part of GVSU's Employee Assistance Program

Through Encompass, Work Place Options offers resources and referrals for most any life event  to GVSU faculty, staff and their dependents.

  • Child Care Resource and Referrals
  • Elder Care Resource and Referrals
  • Legal services
  • Financial Counseling
  • Convenience Services
  • Free Literature

For more information, call Work Place Options at 1-800-952-3586, or contact Sue Sloop, 1-616-331-2215  ext. 18011 or, email Sue at


Faculty and Staff Fitness Classes

As GVSU campus becomes more health-conscious, there has been an increased focus on the importance of exercise. Many people exercise to control weight and get in better physical condition to become more healthy or physically attractive, but exercise and stress management are also closely linked.  That's right, research suggests that physical activity may be linked to lower physiological reactivity toward stress. Simply put, those who get more exercise may become less affected by the stress they face. So, in addition to all the other benefits, exercise may supply some immunity toward future stress as well as a way to cope with current stress; a great reason to become involved in GVSU Faculty and Staff Fitness Classes.


Personalized Health Coaching Services

One on one telephonic coaching is available to benefit eligible GVSU faculty, staff and their dependents at no cost to the member. Topics range from nutrition and weight management to stress management. Members contact their provider directly and set goals to accomplish desired behavior changes. Qualified Health Coaches help direct and provide resources to help members meet their goals in a confidential and personalized manner.

Priority Health members sign up now by emailing or calling the 1-800 number on the back of your insurance card.

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