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GVSU cares about your mental and emotional health. Many factors affect your peace of mind and we can help. First, what is the difference between mental health and mental illness?

Mental or emotional health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental illness is a recognized, medically diagnosable illness that results in the significant impairment of an individual's cognitive, affective or relational abilities. Mental disorders result from biological, developmental and/or psychosocial factors and can be managed using approaches comparable to those applied to physical disease (i.e., prevention, diagnosis treatment and rehabilitation).

How can we help?

Encompass, GVSU's Employee Assistance Program

GVSU faculty, staff, and their dependents are entitled to 7 free sessions for all Encompass services. To set up an appointment call 1-800-788-8630 .

Life can be full of stressors, large and small, at home and at work. Fortunately, there is a place to turn to at GVSU. Encompass is your link to information, resources, support, and referrals on many experiences, whether personal or work related, that impacts your mental well-being. Encompass can assist with:

  • Stress management
  • Marriage and family relationship counseling
  • Grief and loss (information here)
  • Personal Relationships
  • Marriage and Family Issues
  • Nontraditional Family Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Violence and Crisis
  • Mental Health Assessment

Click here to view a complete list of all 2016 Encompass webinars.

Encompass Locations

Physiological Feedback
Physiological feedback helps people practice stress reduction steps while they meet with an Encompass professional, and then, with additional follow-up sessions, practice these steps on their own until they progress to manage stress with less negative impact on overall health. The impact of this technology, in conjunction with professional guidance and practice may positively impact participant's abilities to manage stress, promote better health and overall well-being. 

Life-coaching services 
Accomplish a  new goal, or become more skilled at stress reduction. Call Encompass to schedule a bio-feedback or life-coaching session.  The Encompass Professional Support Consultant will assist you in customizing a strategy based on your own unique life circumstance.


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. Help manage your stress by letting Encompass help with:

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

For more information, call Encompass at 1-800-788-8630, or contact Sue Sloop, 1-616-331-2215  ext. 18011 or, email Sue at

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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