SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS
The BCTF has paired with Starling Minds to develop an online module to work on “Mental Fitness”. It has been developed especially for teachers and is a completely confidential program based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Given that at least 40% of teachers struggle with a mental health issue at some point in their career, the goal is to be preventative. The program helps teachers by working on thought patterns and coping strategies to keep us mentally healthy throughout the year.
For more information, see Starling Minds.
Living with Balance
A six-week group program for teachers
This program is initiated by the BCTF Health and Wellness Program and developed by the Occupational Rehabilitation Group. Living with Balance is a group workshop, which runs for two hours once per week. It focuses on developing tools and skills related to improving one’s vitality and resiliency. This holistic approach to wellness will equip teachers to make simple lifestyle changes that will positively affect their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
This six-week group program will provide opportunities for:
- education, self-evaluation, and examining the importance of maintaining life-style balance
- discussing the importance of nutrition; exercise; sleep
- managing symptoms of low mood, anxiety, and stress; boundaries and managing conflict
- learning strategies that increase awareness of factors that contribute to fluctuations in mood as well as methods to manage them
- reviewing proven techniques used to improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and manage stress and low mood
- defining what work-life balance means to each of us and what happens when our roles collide, having good boundaries is often attributed to having clear values
- discussing how to be intentional, creative and assertive when you need to be
- learning the importance of social connections and community in building long-term wellness, understanding that social isolation is a significant health risk factor.
This program is typically offered in the Spring each year and held at the VSTA Office. This year’s sessions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.