Advice and counselling for teachers in Ireland.
Employee Assistance Service - Helpline for Teachers
On 25 July 2006, the Minister for Education and Science commissioned the setting up of an Employee Assistance Service for Irish teachers. The scheme is run by Spectrum Life (formerly by Inspire Wellbeing and Carecall), which provides a 24 hour 7 day helpline for teachers.
Teachers who are experiencing personal and work related problems e.g. health, relationships, addictions, bereavements, stress, trauma etc are able to get direct access to advice. Where appropriate, this may involve free short term confidential one-to-one counselling.
The EAS helpline can be contacted on 1800 411 057.
The ASTI, along with TUI and INTO, had 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. 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.