MFAP & Teacher Well‑Being

Teacher Well-Being

The Federation believes supporting the well-being of our members is paramount to better education in Saskatchewan. After all, providing the best education to students is only possible when teachers are at their best. That’s why we provide comprehensive mental health and wellness supports that help you manage anything life throws your way.

 

Member and Family Assistance Program

The Member and Family Assistance Program is a confidential, short-term counselling service provided by ComPsych Guidance Resources.  It’s accessible by any teacher working on a continuing, temporary or replacement contract with a board of education or a conseil scolaire and their family members. The program is funded through the Members’ Health Plan with no additional cost to members and enrolment occurs automatically upon a teacher’s acceptance into the MHP.

Services Provided

The program provides a wide range of mental health supports. Below is a general summary of the different services the program provides. All interactions with the program are completely confidential.

Confidential Short-Term counselling

The program provides short-term counselling with counsellors in your area who can help you with your emotional concerns.

This includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Life adjustments
  • Relationship or marital conflicts

Legal Consultations

Legal consultations are available through the program to provide practical assistance on pressing legal issues.

This includes:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Family law
  • Wills and trusts
  • Real estate
  • Contracts
  • Tax questions

If you require legal representation, the program provides free 30-minute in-person consultations and discounted legal fees.

Financial Guidance

Connect with financial experts for guidance on common financial problems.

This includes:

  • Budgeting
  • Debt
  • Credit
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tax issues           
  • Retirement planning
  • Real estate (including mortgages and insurance)
  • Estate planning
  • Saving for university

Work-Life Solutions

Receive qualified referrals and resources for commonly required services.

This includes:

  • Child care (day care, nannies, before/after school care)
  • Elder care (assisted living, nursing home, senior centres)
  • Pet care (pet sitting, insurance, grooming)
  • Health care (family doctors, fitness and nutrition, support groups)
  • Education (K-12 schools, tutors, universities and colleges, financial aid and scholarships)
  • Home improvement contractors (plumbers, electricians, etc.)
  • Relocation services (apartment hunting, buying/selling a home, moving companies)
  • Event planning (catering, décor, venues)
  • Shopping (cars, fitness equipment, apparel, groceries)

Health & Wellness Coaching

Certified health and wellness coaches are available to assist you in making positive lifestyle changes.

This includes:

  • Weight loss
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Smoking cessation

Online Support

ComPsych’s Guidance Resources Online platform provides access to important information and tools to support your well-being.

This includes:

  • Articles, podcasts, videos and slideshows
  • On-demand training
  • Personalized responses from online experts

Accessing the Program

When you call into the Federation’s dedicated phone number, one of ComPsych’s intake counsellors will answer your call, assess your needs and set up a face-to-face meeting with a counsellor in your area. All information you share over the phone and in meetings with your care provider stays completely confidential. If it is determined that your problem will require longer-term counselling, you will receive a referral early on. Long-term counselling provided by registered psychologists or social workers is covered under the Members’ Health Plan.

You also have access to expert content and unique tools that can assist you in every aspect of your life through www.guidanceresources.com or through the Guidance Resources Now app, available for Android or Apple smartphones. A web ID is required to create an account and access content.

Please login to MySTF for to view the program’s dedicated phone number and the web ID.

NOTE: Some boards of education offer their own employee assistance plans. If you are currently receiving counselling services with another provider (e.g., Homewood Health, Shepell), you may continue to access those services or choose to start a new file with ComPsych.

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation

The STF Members’ Health Plan covers out-of-hospital counselling services provided by a licensed, certified or registered psychologist or social worker. This benefit is available to you and each of your eligible family members. For information regarding reimbursement levels and maximums, visit the Members’ Health Plan.


In-House Counselling Ending March 31, 2020

As a result of the launch of the new MFAP, the Federation’s in-house counselling program will stop accepting new clients on January 31, 2020 and services will end completely on March 31, 2020.

Provincial Health Plan

As a Saskatchewan resident you also have access to mental health services through Saskatchewan health. Contact your physician’s office or local health region website for additional information.

Self-Help Resources

There are a multitude of self-help resources available online and from local libraries. The Federation’s Stewart Resources Centre offers a variety of resources related to wellness and well-being. 

Assessing Your Financial Well Being

When was the last time you checked your financial health? Being healthy financially is an important part of your overall well-being. This presentation offers some useful tools and information to help you assess your current financial well-being, and offers some tips on securing a financially healthy retirement.

 

Disclaimer:

The information shared in the Related Links above is intended solely as a list of available wellness resources. It is not medical advice and is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of any specific wellness or counselling service. In the event that immediate medical assistance is required, please call 911, go to the nearest hospital emergency service or contact your family physician. Saskatchewan residents can call mental health workers via the Healthline for advice by calling 811.