It may sound cliché to say “new year, new you”, but virtual therapy could begin to mold a new version of you. Many educators tend to put their mental health on the back burner when life gets busy, and we’d like to help put an end to that harmful habit. MTA Benefits is encouraging members to take charge of their emotional well-being with the Virtual Behavioral Health program. This benefit program, brought to you by United Concierge Medicine (UCM) and MyRosalie, aims to quickly connect members to year-round no-cost therapy sessions with licensed mental health specialists.
Education professionals who’ve worked through the pandemic are particularly susceptible to stressors, such as burnout and compassion fatigue. A 2019 study by Mind Share Partners revealed that 6 in 10 educators suffered with their mental health in the past year, but most remained silent about it . If this sounds like you, let 2023 be the year that you finally tackle your emotions.
Benefits of the Virtual Behavioral Health Program
When we say “no-cost” therapy, we mean it. Without sacrificing the quality of service, you will be receiving free sessions. There is no limit on the number of visits you are able to receive.
It’s not always easy traveling for in-person appointments when you have a busy lifestyle. Virtual therapy eliminates the need for travel, and ensures that therapists can be available to you in as little as 24-48 hours.
If you dislike the traditional therapy setup, you may benefit from virtual therapy. Your session can take place wherever you feel most comfortable – whether that is your bedroom, office, or couch. You can also find comfort in knowing that you will be confiding in a Masters-level therapist with at least 5 years of experience.
At no additional cost, utilize two unique offerings. You can ask your therapist to extend your 50-minute session when you need it and your family members have access to your plan when they need it. Family members are defined as spouses/domestic partners and children ages 10 to 26.
If your local association doesn't currently participate in the Virtual Behavioral Health program, please contact your local president to inquire. Once they adopt the program, you will have the opportunity to connect with a mental health specialist and conquer issues such as anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and more.
 Tomaro, Nina. “A New Study Shares Insights on the State of Mental Health in U.S. Workplaces.” Mindsharepartners, Mindsharepartners, 22 Nov. 2019, https://www.mindsharepartners.org/post/the-state-of-mental-health-in-u-s-workplaces.