Covid-19, Mental Health and EFAP
We are living in unprecedented times. As a result, our mental health is being challenged more than usual. We have legitimate reasons for being concerned and even the smaller things can start to feel overwhelming. From something like wiping down our groceries before putting them away, to the bigger things like the health and well-being of our family and friends, it can take its toll.
Whether you are working on the front line facing the general public, on a potentially contaminated vehicle or even from the safety of your home, you are dealing with many things you would not normally have to deal with. There are worries about masks, the public not adhering to distancing or hygiene, children going to school or having to stay home, worries about ourselves and the health of those we love.
All this on top of our normal daily stresses can sneak up on your mental health and become overwhelming.
For some it can be very difficult to reach out for help, even more so if it’s to someone you know.
So, although we are always here if you need us, we want to make sure you are also aware of your access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. The EFAP offers free service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer confidential Counseling for yourself and eligible dependents (in person, online or over the phone) as well as Life Coaching services which can help manage everyday issues as well as life transitions.
It may be difficult to take that first step and seek assistance, especially for those who are used to dealing with stressful situations and ongoing challenges on your own. But you do not have to deal with these situations alone.
EFAP Can be accessed by calling: 1-800-663-1142 Or visiting: www.homeweb.ca
ATU 583 Officers can be reached at: 403-258-1258 Ext 0. Let the admin know you’d like to speak to an Officer about a personal issue and you will be transferred to the available Officer or the one you feel most comfortable speaking with.
Please look out for one another, if you notice a co-worker or friend seems to be struggling, reach out to see if they need someone to talk to. If you are not in a position to take that on yourself, pass the above information on to them.
Please be safe.
ATU Local 583
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