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BCTF and Starling Minds - Covid-19 and Mental Health Webinar - April 30th

Apr 24, 2020 jjamison

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As teachers, we’re all trying to navigate these difficult days in both our personal and professional lives. The challenges are significant, and the crisis will not be over any time soon.

That’s why the BCTF and Starling Minds, our partner in promoting mental health for members, are working together to help support you. According to the data, 61% of teachers say COVID-19 has been impacting their day-to-day lives and they are struggling with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

To learn about what the COVID-19 pandemic means for teachers, and how you can navigate the stress and anxiety brought on by it, please join in our live webinar.

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PST

WHERE: Please register here.

WHO: The webinar will be led by Dr. Andrew Miki, Chief Science Officer of Starling Minds.

Passionate about demystifying mental health, Dr. Miki leads a team of cognitive behavioural therapy specialists to help organizations remove barriers to effective mental healthcare using digital technology.

If you’d like to submit questions prior to the webinar, reach out to us at

Please join us on April 30. Let's navigate these tough times together!

Mental health and COVID-19: Supporting students and their families

As a teacher, you play a critical front-line role in preventative mental health education, initial identification, and ongoing support for children and youth facing mental health challenges.

As you connect with your students and their families, you may hear the stress and anxiety in their voices. They may share struggles with you and look to you for support and answers.

To provide you with ready access to information about the many organizations providing support and services for BC students, the BCTF has created a new resource entitled “Mental health and COVID-19: Supporting students and their families.” This short guide is available here on TeachBC.

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