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Optima EAP

EAP response to events in Charlottesville August 12th

Often in the immediacy of traumatic events like we experienced over the weekend here in Charlottesville, many of us are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy.  It's not uncommon that the full impact of the event may strike us days or even weeks later.  As we heal as a community it's important that we pay attention to the signs of stress in order to aid the recovery process. 
We are offering two sessions of “Acknowledging Traumatic Events” on Friday for employees.  This will be a time to learn about how we react to trauma and what support resources are available.  (No registration required.)
Friday, Aug. 18 at 1:00 pm – COB McIntire Road, room 241
Friday, Aug. 18 at 3:00 pm – COB 5th Street, room A
In addition, Optima has shared two timely articles with us that speak directly to what we experienced this past weekend: 

Helping Ourselves Move Forward from the Recent Events in Charlottesville.pdf

Monitoring Children’s News Exposure During and After a Disturbing, High-Profile Event.pdf

Please take this time to take care of yourselves and each other.  If you feel the need to speak to someone about these events, or are concerned about a coworker or workgroup, do not hesitate to reach out to our EAP service.  In addition to licensed clinicians, Optima EAP has providers specifically trained in dealing with critical incidents and the impact they have on the workplace. This free and confidential service is a simple phone call away at 800-899-8174, or click here to learn more about our EAP program benefits for employees and their families.



When a problem or issue is negatively affecting you – whether it’s at home, your relationships with coworkers, job performance or satisfaction, or your general well being – help is available from the Optima EAP. This benefit provides FREE counseling services to employees and family members in the same household - each person may use up to 5 FREE visits per presenting issue.


Discussions with a counselor are confidential - your privacy is assured. The EAP program deals with a broad range of life issues including, but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Balancing work and family
  • Relationship or family difficulties
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Abuse
  • Dealing with aging parent(s)
  • Anger Management

Employees and family members may contact Optima EAP at 1-800-899-8174 or 757-363-6777, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Now offering distance counseling - use a smartphone or computer with video capability to talk to an EAP counselor instead of having an office appointment.

Click here for FAQs on distance counseling.

Or visit Optima's website:

School Division employees click here.

Local Government employees click here.