WYOMING GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT

WYOMING GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT

   

Welcome to the Wyoming Game and Fish Employee Assistance Program

The administration of Wyoming Game and Fish has established a program to assist Game and Fish employees and their family members. Everyday stressors, family issues and workplace friction can affect our lives and have a real impact on our well-being. We want to help provide resources so that Game and Fish staff members can quickly and conveniently, and in complete privacy, get in touch with a qualified provider who stands ready to assist with any emotional or psychological issue.

The Employee Assistance Program provides access to a network of specially selected mental health professionals practicing in Wyoming.

Game and Fish employees will be provided with up to three hours of services annually. Family members are encouraged to access services with our providers employing their insurance benefits. To access services, simply select a provider from the group and email them directly. You do not need a referral from anyone else, and you may remain anonymous. If you prefer to see your provider for longer than three meetings, you may use your State of Wyoming health insurance program to continue services (each of our providers will accept the program).

If you are considering harming yourself or anyone else, tell someone now!

Speak to a coworker, loved one, or friend.
You may call 911 for assistance or go a hospital emergency room.
Or, call the Wyoming Free Crisis hotline 1-800-457-9312 or visit their site.

Game Wardens’ Special Information

  • A sense of dread – nervous stomach before shift
  • Fatigue – feeling tired most of the time, no energy
  • Easy to anger, irritability, lack of tolerance, lack of interest
  • Low self-esteem, feelings of low mood and depression
  • Negative outlook on life, life meaninglessness, job meaninglessness
  • A sense of being trapped, without options – boxed in
  • Tension headaches, increased migraines, muscle aches
  • Nervous stomach – eating and digestive disturbances
  • Increased use of alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs
  • Sleep distrubances – anxiety dreams or nightmares
  • Sexual dysfunction – no desire, inability to perform, or hypersexuality
  • Uncharacteristic negative behavior or acting out
  • Lack of concern for behavior consequences
  • Carelessness on the job, poor officer safety
  • Increased citizen and family complaints
  • Increased problems with coworkers and supervisors

Signs of Excessive Stress

  • Impaired judgment and mental confusion
  • Uncharacteristic indecisiveness
  • Aggression – temper tantrums and short fuse
  • Continually argumentative
  • Increased irritability and anxiety
  • Increased apathy or denial of problems
  • Loss of interest in family, friends, and activities
  • Increased feelings of insecurity with lowered self esteem
  • Feelings of inadequacy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) is a treatment method that has proven to be very helpful to many, and which ahs gained widespread acceptance among mental health providers and trauma patients. Practitioners with special training offer EMIR to patients who are assessed as suitable and whoa re likely to benefit from it. Specific decisions about treatment are always made by qualified clinicians in consultation with their patients.