This school year is like no year before it, and with that comes a high level of stress and anxiety for many teachers.
CEA is partnering with Community Health resources (CHR) to get the word out about a new resource that provides immediate assistance to help you manage acute stress during the coronavirus crisis.
The Hero Hotline, 888-217-4376, is available to teachers, parents, and others who are struggling with stress or anxiety during the pandemic. Staffed by licensed therapists who are trained in the treatment of acute stress reactions, the service is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“CEA is proud to work with CHR to provide this free service for educators,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “It’s vital that teachers have access to the mental health supports that they need.”
Callers can by anonymous if they so choose and do not need to give any insurance or personal contact information for the Hero Hotline.
“We want to make sure teachers know about this services because we appreciate how stressful the start of the school year is,” says Maureen McGuire, CHR’s vice president of Communications. “Teaching is not an easy job to begin with, but there are a whole host of issues that make this year different and more challenging.”
A call to the Hero Hotline is free, and there is no time limit. Therapists can also help connect any callers who are interested with ongoing support and care—at which point contact and insurance information would be required.
“The intention is that this is an immediate service,” McGuire says. “If you have a tough day, you can make a phone call and be connected right away.”
She adds that telehealth services that are now available from CHR and many other providers make seeing a therapist more convenient than ever for those balancing the demands of teaching, families, and other obligations.
Let your colleagues know about the Hero Hotline, 888-217-4376, and check out other benefits available to you as a member of CEA.