You are living in uncharted territory.
Many of you are facing a number of competing pressures like never before – adapting to new teaching and learning technologies, managing COVID protocols in schools and balancing life-work priorities.
At the same time, there are increasing rates of COVID-19 cases, and you may be feeling anxiety, stress, isolation and an uncertainty of the future.
There’s no doubt this is taking a toll on your mental health.
"Mental health is not something somebody else struggles with anymore -- it's something we're all struggling with now," said Steve Joordens, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto in a recent CTV News report.
We need to be more open, honest and take an unashamed approach to discussing mental health and well-being.
At the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP), we are doing just that and putting the mental well-being of our members, their families and the education community first.
Throughout the school year, we will be engaging our community in conversations about mental health and sharing information to support the education community with our Caring for your mental well-being campaign.
We’re truly here for you – and, together with your affiliate and Employee Life and Health Trust, we aim to share information, resources and expert contributions to support your mental well-being.
For more information on our Caring for your mental well-being campaign, and upcoming activities, visit OTIP.com/wellbeing. You can also stay connected with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we continue to provide you with plan information and resources. For more information on mental health resources or to access frequently asked questions regarding your benefits plan and COVID-related changes, visit www.otip.com/coronavirus.