Northstar EAP

Northern Michigan University has partnered with NorthStar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide mental health and wellness tools to its benefits eligible employees, including contingent faculty, and their families (spouse/partner and legal dependents) .  Eligible members may use NorthStar to help manage issues that could adversely impact their personal and work lives. There are various tools and ways to engage with Northstar EAP, with the goal of finding tools and resources to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.

Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with privacy laws and professional ethical standards, and the university is not notified when EAP services are used. 

Northstar EAP Employee Orientation Video

Northstar EAP 

EAP Counseling

A highly personalized approach tailored to each clients individual needs to help attain the personal and professional growth for which they are striving.  This short-term, solution-based virtual or in-person mental health counseling supports a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues for:

  • Depression and Grief
  • Relationship/Family Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Stress and Anxiety 
  • And more

Sessions are typically one hour and each eligible member has access to eight (8) counseling or coaching sessions annually.   Available sessions renew annually as of Jan 1st .  Request services by visiting the intake and scheduling link below.  

How to Access Counseling

Text with TESS

Meet TESS, the text-for-care mental health tool.  This confidential service is available 24/7 to support your mental health needs. This chat enabled service offers coaching, strategies and techniques to help you manage stress.  This on demand tool is a great supplement for mental health counseling or when you just need someone to connect with in real-time.  

Text with Tess today!  Simply text "Hi" to 906-208-4204 to get instant support, skills, tips, and coping tools to help you deal with issues in the moment.  Tess can be used between EAP sessions or as a standalone service.   You can opt in or out at any time.  To opt out of this feature text "unsubscribe" at any time.  

How to Access TESS

MyLife Expert Self Service Portal

A secure work-life portal that can be accessed anytime from your computer or mobile device  The portal gives access to thousands of up-to-date topic related articles, videos, calculators, podcasts, interactive checklists, and more related to:

  • Financial and Legal
  • Child Care and Education
  • Eldercare
  • Career and Military
  • Everyday Living and more....

 Usesimply need to create a unique log in by using the company code NMUNIV as noted below.