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Suicide prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths in 2023. Stay vigilant for warning signs and risk factors in colleagues, students and others so that you can help and be aware of resources for assistance.

The United Federation of Teachers partners with Vibrant Emotional Health to launch mental health helpline for nearly 200,000 educators

Vibrant Emotional Health, one of the nation’s leading mental health organizations, announces a new partnership with the UFT to introduce a mental health and emotional well-being helpline designed for its union members.

Your UFT dedicated 24/7 Mental Health Helpline

If you are in crisis, experiencing emotional distress, need resources or a referral, our union-trained, licensed mental health counselors can offer immediate, confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Acts of kindness

If you dwell on the negative, reliving frustrations and anger, you can feel trapped inside those emotions. Conversely, when you focus on the things you are grateful for, it can have a ripple effect on your mood and your entire day.

Better holiday habits

As we enter the holiday season, remember to make yourself a priority as well. The end of the year is a good time to reflect on decisions made during the past year: what worked and what didn’t, and how to build better habits. 

Effective communication

Communication is essential for building positive relationships at work. It fosters teamwork and collaboration, and it helps everyone to thrive. But what are the building blocks of good communication? 

Healing from burnout

Burnout is a real risk for professionals in the helping professions, which include UFT members in education and health care. If you feel dread at the prospect of going to work, you may be suffering from this condition.

Ready, set, recharge!

Educators and other professionals can benefit from taking time to reflect, release tension and recharge. Summer is a great time to slow down and reset, but don’t wait for summer for self-care!

Touting self-care at town hall

The morning town hall at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference was devoted to self-care, stress reduction and wellness.

Let’s Talk About It 2023

“You have to go through to get to,” Darryl McDaniels of the iconic hip-hop group Run-DMC told more than 350 students in the Bronx, speaking about the adversity they may face on their path to greatness during the UFT’s third annual Let’s Talk About It...