As an educator you’ve seen firsthand how students’ mental health has suffered under the combined weight of a global pandemic, the twin challenges of underserved communities and underresourced schools, attacks on public schools that are political and physical, and everything in between.
Chances are, you are more than a witness. Surveys overwhelmingly show that teachers bear these same burdens and are burning out in record numbers.
Don’t go it alone.
Help is readily available at no cost through CEA’s partnership with Positive Directions, a nonprofit organization offering free group counseling for public school educators in a virtual setting. Trained clinical professionals facilitate honest conversations and provide healing strategies to foster wellness and avoid burnout.
“When you register online, you have the opportunity to list any topics you’d like to address,” says Positive Directions Executive Director Vanessa Wilson. “We’ve talked about anxiety, the difficulties of managing intense student behaviors, the added stress of being an early-career teacher, and more. We offer a safe, therapeutic environment for educators to share what they’re going through, and the feedback we’ve gotten is that group members gel and feel deeply supported by one another. Although their particular circumstances may be different, educators have common, shared experiences, and even those who initially think a group setting might not be for them are surprised at the support and strength they gain.”
The final eight-week session of this school year begins May 3, and space is limited; reserve your spot here.