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Starling Minds

Online Mental Health Toolkit for Designed for Teachers

Starling Minds is an online mental health and wellness toolkit, designed for teachers, that provides education and training to manage stress and prevent anxiety and depression.

The program is available free of charge to BCTF members and their families.

 
Health and Wellness Program

BCTF Health and Wellness program provides supports members when they are dealing with medical conditions that impact their ability to work or sustain their work such as 

  • co-ordinating and plan individualized treatment and wellness interventions in consultation with health care providers
  • working to support a return to work that is durable and sustainable

Learn how to apply for the Health and Wellness Program

 
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Emergency Financial Assistance

The BCTF Assistance Society provides emergency financial aid in the form of loans or non-repayable grants.

Application is available to anyone who is or has been an active BCTF member as well as their spouses and dependents. Financial assistance might be considered in the event of medical emergencies, housing emergencies, local disasters, personal disaster or family crisis.

Apply for Emergency Financial Assistance

 

 

 

 

 

Member Discounts through BCTF Advantage

The BCTF Advantage Program is your gateway to a number of benefits and offers from cars to insurance. The BCTF Advantage program allows your membership in the BCTF to work for you in areas outside of your employment. For most BCTF Advantage partners you simply state that you are a BCTF member and they will apply your discount/savings to your purchase. .

View discounts available to BCTF members
 
WELLNESS

Well Teacher Groups

Being a teacher today is not easy. The demands that educators face inside and outside the classroom make it difficult for many teachers to maintain their physical and mental health. Challenging classroom dynamics and supporting family and friends leaves educators with little time to focus on their personal well-being. The Well Teacher Groups provides educators the time and space to work with their colleagues and a trained wellness facilitator to work on their wellness. This new program was developed Wade Repta, author of the book The Well Teacher, on which the program is based.

WELL TEACHER GROUPS

What are some of the topics covered during the sessions?

General Wellness

  • Introduction to the group, establishing group norms and confidentiality.
  • Using the Wellness Wheel and Wellness Map to gain an understanding of your personal wellness and how to lead a more balanced life and set boundaries.
  • The goal is to develop a wellness plan by the conclusion of the group.

Physical Health

  • Developing an understanding of three key physical health challenges faced by teachers: pain, fatigue, and ergonomics.
  • Having teachers use a log to monitor their physical health.

Mental Health

  • Participants will review key mental health concepts, key stressors that impact teachers, and strategies to help manage these stressors.
  • Practice and review key relaxation strategies such as deep breathing and mindfulness.
  • Understand how to use tools such as Burnout Inventory and Thought Tracker to manage mental health.
 
INCOME SECURITY

Pension and Benefits

BCTF members have access to a variety of benefits such as the Salary Indemnity Plan, Teachers’ Pension Plan, Health, Dental, and Life Insurance.