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Hero Card Raffle Winner Jeffrey Takakuwa Shares UC Berkeley Resources for Managing Stress

Jeffrey Takakuwa, mechanical engineer in the Engineering Division is one of this quarter’s lucky Hero Card raffle winners. His good deed - which entered him into the raffle after receiving a Hero Card from a colleague and registering it - was spreading the word about two valuable resources offered to LBNL employees through UC Berkeley University Health Services. Jeff invited UCB Health Services Representative Craig Mielcarskio to his group’s monthly safety meeting to discuss benefits available under the Be Well at Work – Employee Assistance (formerly known as CARE Services) and Elder Care Programs. As an engineer, Jeff finds that "the more visible aspects of health and safety involve engineering and administrative controls, so not everyone would think of mental health as part of safety and health. I wanted to make sure that if anyone needs non-judgmental support for a current work or personal crisis, they know that help is available.” For more information, see

Hero Cards are one way Berkeley Lab invites you to recognize the heroes that help “safe” your work day. Request a supply from in time for your next group meeting and spread the word before the next raffle! Two winning numbers will be drawn quarterly, and each winner will receive $50. For more information, see Safety Awards at a Glance.