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Whether we’re facing the challenges caused by a global pandemic or dealing with issues in the classroom, at home, with a colleague, or within a family, we can all benefit from having access to a collection of resources to help us navigate our personal and professional lives. This page is designed to help you find support and information on counseling assistance, stress resources, mental health myths and realities, and many other self-care tips.

EAP: Ask For Help

The Educators' EAP is a great resource and is available 24/7 at 800-252-4555. Clinicians answer your calls, providing immediate, “in the moment” care. It is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

Here are some tips and resources from the Educators’ EAP related to the importance of self-care:    
1.    Self-care is not “selfish care”! Planning time for healthy outlets should be a priority which come first rather than after everything else is done.
2.    Make changes to achieve balance and schedule “YOU TIME” 20-30 minutes each day.
3.    Learn to say NO and YES! Say NO so that you don’t make so many commitments you have less time for yourself.  Say YES to things you really enjoy.
4.    Take time each day to express gratitude for the good in your life.
5.    Build a support network of positive people in your life.
6.    Turn off technology! TV news, social media, etc. can bring on stress and negativity; let it go.
7.    Build healthy outlets, things you enjoy….you don’t have to run a mile, your outlet may be getting lost in a good book! Learn something new!
8.    Practice mindfulness and being “present”, living in the moment.

Online at you will find hundreds of videos, webinars and online courses. There are a variety of resources related to stress, self-care, work/life balance. The Training Center even provides courses for professional and personal development.

BOCES 2 Crisis Team

You may have heard of the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Crisis Team. Our team members include mental health professionals, nurses and other volunteers who've been trained through the Monroe County TIG (Trauma, Illness and Grief) Consortium. Our group works district wide, whenever and wherever crisis response is required. 

What you might not know is that we are here to help in crises both large and small. You can informally consult with team members to strategize around school response to trauma, illness or grief-based issues. Crisis team members may also help direct you to additional resources within our community. For more informal response, reach out to individual team members or email us at [email protected]