Honor your mental health and well-being
Mental Health Services is inviting all team members, students, and community to join the district in fighting the stigma around mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond. Maintaining mental health and wellness can be complicated, especially when stressors and difficult life circumstances appear, so it is important to remember that it is OK to ask for help—and that you are not alone.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the United States experience mental illness, while one in 20 adults experience serious mental illness.
The good news is that help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dallas ISD’s Employee Assistance Program
Dallas ISD is committed to the four pillars of its wellness program—health and wellness, mental health, social health, and financial health. Mental Health Awareness Month is a great time to focus attention on the resources available to district employees to ensure their mental and emotional well-being.
The May Mental Health Awareness Month campaign is focusing on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is free for employees, 100 percent confidential, and available to all employees and their dependents.
Sessions through the EAP are available by phone, virtual, and in person. Employees can also find tips, articles, self-assessments, and topical features focusing on specific EAP resources available through the EAP smart App.
To start on your wellness journey please visit dallasisd.lifeworks.com and follow these instructions:
- Select ‘Sign up’ in the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Alternatively, you can download the free LifeWorks mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone and enter the invitation code in the ‘Sign up’ section.
If you have already registered, you can download the free LifeWorks mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone and press ‘Log In’. You can also visit LifeWorks on one of the supported browsers (Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, or Edge) and log in.
If you need additional support, reach out to EAP by calling 972-925-4000 and selecting option 3 for EAP.
People in need can also rely on the NAMI HelpLine, a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals, and more to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained, and able to provide guidance. All you have to do is call or text the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264).
Additionally, you can find help, support, and comfort from your social or familial network, a mental health professional, and/or a support group.
As you assess the status of your mental health, remember that help is available and you are more than enough. If you would like to see more resources, visit Mental Health Services’ Mental Health Month Toolkit.