New Program Gives Teachers Greater Access to Counselling Services
SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is launching a new service for its members. Through a Member and Family Assistance Program, teaching professionals in every corner of the province will now have 24-hour access to professional counselling services.
“Teachers can’t give their best if they aren’t at their best”, said Patrick Maze, Federation President. “Just as it is for the rest of the population, mental health is an important health issue for teachers. This new program will provide teachers timely, universal access to the services they require.”
Members asked for a program that could respond to their changing and diverse needs, regardless of where they live in the province. While discussed during previous rounds of provincial collective bargaining, mental health supports have never been included in a provincial contract. Using funds provided by the government to fund the Members’ Health Plan, the Federation is pleased to be acting on members’ requests by making this available to teachers.
The program will increase services offered, while enhancing accessibility and equity throughout the province. Services provided include:
- Legal and financial consultation
- Work-life solutions
Currently, the Federation provides in-house counsellors to members. While the in-house counselling service will be phased out, long-term counselling will still be covered through the Members’ Health Plan.
The new Member and Family Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is completely confidential. The cost is being covered through existing contributions to the Members’ Health Plan and is available to all Federation members and their families at no cost.
Members can get more information on accessing these services on the Federation’s website.