A to Z of being an OT → Coping with Stress

Professional Relations Services (PRS)

This website presents some video clips around member well- being and mental health, taking pregnancy and parental leaves and health and safety.

Professional Relations Services (PRS)

A Member’s Guide to Long Term Disability

This provides information for members and is intended to be a general overview of what’s involved in applying for LTD.

A Member’s Guide to Long-Term Disability

Teacher Well-Being

This website by OTF has various platforms including the importance of teachers’ mental health and well-being.

Teacher Well-Being

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

The best thing a member can do to ensure that her or his negotiated rights are being upheld is to read, and ponder the implications of, the collective agreement.  In practical terms, this is where the answers to many employment-related questions can typically be found, such as: What is the schedule for pay cheques? Do I have to do before school duty? What happens if the buses are cancelled? What is the process for requesting a leave?  How much preparation time do I receive? If the grievance process is to be applied, what are time lines to observe? What should happen during my LTO list interview process?

Which local(s) are you a member of?  Algoma Occasional Teacher Local, Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local, Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local, Durham Occasional Teacher Local, Grand Erie Occasional Teacher Local, Greater Essex County Occasional Teacher Local, Halton Occasional Teacher Local, Hamilton-Wentworth Occasional Teacher Local, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local, Kawartha Pine Ridge Occasional Teacher Local, Keewatin-Patricia Occasional Teacher Local, Lakehead Occasional Teacher Local, Lambton Kent Occasional Teacher Local, Limestone Occasional Teacher Local, Near North Occasional Teacher Local, Niagara Occasional Teacher Local, Ontario North East Occasional Teacher Local, Ottawa Carleton Occasional Teacher Local, Peel Occasional Teacher Local, Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local, Rainy River District Occasional Teacher Local, Renfrew County Occasional Teacher Local, Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local, Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local, Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local, Toronto Occasional Teacher Local, Trillium Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local, Waterloo Occasional Teacher Local, York Region Occasional Teacher Local

The answers to many of your questions will depend on your local.

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

Mental Health

This article from the UK offers five simple steps to boost teachers’ mental health, recognizing the impact that workload has on teachers.

Mental Health 

Mindful Teachers: Living, Learning & Teaching with Mindful Awareness

This site includes various blogs from teachers or other professionals that focus on the art of mindfulness. It offers a range of ideas for incorporating mindfulness into the classroom as well as using it as a means of self care.

Mindful Teachers: Living, Learning & Teaching with Mindful Awareness

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

A list of five positive strategies for teachers to follow to deal with stress.

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

The Work-Life Balance Basics: 10 Stress-Busting Tips for Teachers Suggestions for teachers on managing workload and personal life.

Suggestions for teachers on managing workload and personal life.

The Work-Life Balance Basics: 10 Stress-Busting Tips for Teachers

From Chaos to Coherence: Managing Stress While Teaching

This article offers tips to teachers for dealing with stress.

From Chaos to Coherence: Managing Stress While Teaching

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

Provides tips on mindfulness for teachers.

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers