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MAP’s student support initiative a ‘virtual’ success

"Let’s Talk About It,” a UFT Member Assistance Program (MAP) initiative designed to educate and support students around addiction and mental health, had an additional challenge this year: helping students deal with the emotional toll of the...

Our new reality

If you feel your life has been upended overnight, you’re not alone. The coronavirus crisis has changed everyone’s reality and adapting is an ongoing challenge.

Weathering the storm

Supporting someone with mental health challenges is complex. Adding a layer of drug and alcohol addiction makes it all the more complicated.

What happened on Dec. 8, 2009?

The UFT’s Member Assistance Program was launched on Dec. 8, 2009.

Holiday blues

Holidays can be stressful, and if you experience “winter blues,” you may be suffereing from a medical condition triggered by lack of sunlight. Here are some symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and some tips to help you feel better.

Dealing with difficult people

We all encounter difficult people in our lives. Whether it’s a family member, a co-worker or a supervisor, difficult people can turn a good day into a bad one if you don’t have strategies for dealing with the challenge.

Setting yourself up for a great year

Maybe it’s your first year of teaching, maybe it’s your 21st, but there are always ways to set yourself up for a great school year ahead.

'Let’s Talk About It’ substance abuse conference

More than 800 middle and high school students heard what it’s like to struggle with addiction from young people not much older than themselves at a conference on substance abuse co-sponsored by the UFT and held at union headquarters in Manhattan on...

Member Assistance Program’s art therapy exhibit

New members who participated in the UFT Member Assistance Program’s first-ever art therapy group displayed their work at a special gallery exhibition on May 9. “The idea was for new members to get to try something fun and also therapeutic,” said MAP...

Suicide prevention

Whatever the cause, suicide is a major public health concern and among the leading causes of death in the United States. As educators, our awareness of this issue is particularly important.