Employee Assistance Service
On 25 July 2006, the Minister for Education and Science commissioned the setting up of an Employee Assistance Service for the 55,000 teachers in the country. The scheme is run by Carecall, which provides a 24 hour 7 day help line for teachers.
The EAS helpline can be contacted on 1800 411 057
The ASTI along with TUI and INTO have been seeking such a service for many years. Under Health & Safety legislation employers have a duty of care for their employers and this service which will be funded by the Department addresses part of that duty.
Teachers who are experiencing personal and work related problems e.g. health, relationships, addictions, bereavements, stress, trauma etc will now be able to get direct access to advice. Where appropriate this may involve free short term confidential one-to-one counselling.
Further information on the service is attainable from ASTI. The ASTI will be involved in monitoring the service in order to ensure that teachers are provided with the best possible supports in their professional life.
More information is available here