The COVID-19 pandemic has left us all in an unprecedented situation. As you return to work in this new environment, you may be feeling a whole range of emotions – anxiety, excitement, grief, stress, relief and concern. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed, which can lead to burnout. It is important to have a strategy in place to deal with challenges so that you and your family can continue to thrive.
Below are a number of resources that can help you manage your well-being as you begin teaching in your new work environment.
If you need someone to help you sort through whatever is stressing you out, the STF Member and Family Assistance Program is a go-to resource. It’s designed to provide you and your family short-term counselling when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed so that small problems don’t snowball into larger ones. The professional intake team is available any time of day, any day of the year to connect you with a counsellor in your area for a face-to-face appointment. Log in to MySTF to view the MFAP’s direct number on the STF website.
ComPsych, the Federations MFAP provider, offers helpful information for managing your well-being, including resources on wellness, relationships, work-life balance, and financial and legal issues. To register your account log in to MySTF and visit the MFAP page to get your web ID.
ComPsych has been producing pandemic-related resources for members, including helpful PDFs and webinars. We’ve curated them for you all on this page.
Canada Life is the insurance provider for the STF Members’ Health Plan, which provides 90% coverage to a maximum of $2,500 per calendar year for psychologist/social worker visits. This is especially useful if you require longer term counselling that the MFAP isn’t designed to provide. Visit their website to log in to GroupNet to make a claim or download the GroupNet mobile App. While you’re logged in, browse through Health Connected, a health and wellness website created by Canada Life for Plan members.
An initiative of Canada Life, this website has information and tools to support mental health and safety, including a series of videos and blogs about managing anxiety around COVID-19.
The Credit Counselling Society is a non-profit service available for confidential, one-on-one financial coaching. Canada Life has partnered with the organization to provide free financial counselling to members until September 30, 2020.
This clinical research unit at the University of Regina provides free, online mental health therapy. It consists of trained therapists, or guides, who provide internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy to individuals who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, alcohol use and other health conditions.
Wellness Together Canada is a mental health and substance use website launched by the federal government in response to the pandemic. It provides free counselling and support to Canadians in both official languages, including individual phone, video, and text counselling, mental wellness programs you can do on your own or with coaching, and monitored communities of support.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is a well-established community mental health organization with locations across Canada. It has several online resources to support mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Health Organization has been at the forefront of the global pandemic response providing information and advice to the public on keeping themselves safe both physically and mentally. This includes tips on mask use and hand washing, and clarification on myths about the coronavirus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has a website dedicated to the coronavirus, which includes information on maintaining your health, financial support and limiting the spread of the disease. It provides a wealth of resources that may be helpful to you.
The provincial government runs this website to helps you find services and information in Saskatchewan to help you manage mental health issues.