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NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

PSU: HELP FOR ANXIETY The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer information and coping techniques for Anxiety. This past year has been filled with challenges, disruptions, fears and losses. As we transition to increasing in-person activities, we may feel additional Anxiety.  Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry and fear that may interfere with one’s daily activities. Common physical symptoms are panic attacks, racing heart rate, chest palpitations, rapid breathing and irritability. Common psychological symptoms are racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking. The following are some useful strategies for coping with Anxiety: *Pay attention to your thoughts as they influence your feelings and behavior. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with ones that [More...]

DC 37 SERVICES, GOTV, COVID RENT RELIEF, TAX TIPS and MORE

December 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The critical Georgia Senate runoff elections are on January 5, and the DC 37 Political Action Dept. is coordinating with AFSCME to conduct daily phone banking opportunities for union members to reach out to union households in Georgia. Can you volunteer a hour or two to help? Please click on the link to sign up and join us in this fight:  www.afscme.org/vfo ###  COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM The COVID Rent Relief Program application period is open Dec. 18 through Feb. 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not need to reapply. More Information COVID 19 – HCR PROGRAM NOTICES More information DC 37 members can call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net for more information on COVID rent relief programs or if they need legal assistance with arrears or eviction matters.  ###  ART IS LIFE! VOTE by JAN. 8  DC 37 members shared [More...]

PSU Offers Grief and Bereavement Counseling

May 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

During COVID-19, people are experiencing many losses, including the death of loved ones, the loss of health, freedoms, and routines. Many are experiencing cumulative grief due to so many losses occurring consecutively. Any of these losses can trigger a range of emotions that individuals may experience. These emotions are also referred to as The Stages of Grief.  Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are commonly seen within The Stages of Grief. Everyone has their own emotional timeline and experiences grief differently due to personal experiences. COVID-19 deaths are particularly challenging, as these deaths are more sudden and unexpected. During this time, those grieving do not have traditional grief rituals and goodbye ceremonies. Reaching out to others, writing a goodbye letter and speaking to a professional counselor are helpful coping mechanisms. During COVID-19 the [More...]

PSU Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

April 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Domestic Violence. As you have seen on the news, as a result of COVID-19 and being advised to stay in our homes, there is a genuine public concern about a rise in domestic violence.  The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC37’s Health and Security Plan would like to provide the following information and resources to you if you are victim of domestic violence or know someone who is in this situation. You do not have to tolerate emotional or physical abuse. If you are in a situation where your partner becomes agitated, do not engage. Give the person space and walk away in order to keep yourself safe. Keep a list of trusted persons to contact if you feel unsafe and need to leave right away.  Have an emergency bag ready with essential belongings and important documents. Keep it in an easily accessible place. Keep important contacts and hotlines numbers saved in your cellphone. Pack a [More...]

A Few Self-Care Tips for You and Yours During COVID-19

April 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer some Self-Care Tips to use during this challenging time: 1. Social distancing does NOT mean emotional distancing. Continue to reach out to friends and family for support and, if you can, video chatting can help feel increased connection. 2. For those working from home, try to create structure within your day to keep regular meal times, wake and bed times, and get dressed for the day (comfortable wear is fine). 3. Reduce or place a time limit on your news consumption. Avoid watching or reading the news before bed. Instead, try to watch something light or humorous. 4. Maintain healthy boundaries. It is ok to set limits and say “No” to others when things feel a bit unmanageable. 5. Focus on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Try your best to eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise, or try a [More...]

PSU Can Help You Cope with COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Health and Security Plan is here to help members cope with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19.  Many people feel Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in the face of the uncertainty of COVID-19. If these feelings are overwhelming you, the Personal Service Unit (PSU) can help. The following are common symptoms to look out for: Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Sadness, Loss, Isolation, Mood Swings, Worry Physical: Disrupted Sleep or Appetite, Chest Palpitations, Upset Stomach, Headaches Behavioral: Outbursts, Short-Tempered Communication, Difficulty Making Decisions HOW CAN A DC 37 PERSONAL SERVICE UNIT (PSU) SOCIAL WORKER HELP? We offer a safe place to discuss and process feelings through confidential individual counseling sessions. We are offering teletherapy during COVID-19. Assist our members challenge negative thoughts and develop a more optimistic outlook.  Teach mindfulness [More...]

Need Help? Contact the Union’s Personal Service Unit

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37’s Personal Service Unit is a professionally trained social work staff can help with emotional and family concerns, alcoholism, drug abuse, health prob­­lems and adjustment to retirement. Short-term individual and group counseling and referrals are available. Call 212-815-1260 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a screening evaluation. Below are programs and support groups offered by PSU: Are you coping with a chronic illlness? Join a two-session workshop in April Do you have high blood pressure? Asthma? Diabetes? The Personal Service Unit of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan is running a two-session workshop on April 11 and April 18. This workshop will focus on a productive discussion on accepting and coping with chronic illnesses. You will learn about lifestyle tools to encourage healthy management of your chronic illness. Expect useful exercises such as mindful breathing, guided [More...]

Need Help? Contact the Union’s Personal Service Unit

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37’s Personal Service Unit is a professionally trained social work staff can help with emotional and family concerns, alcoholism, drug abuse, health prob­­lems and adjustment to retirement. Short-term individual and group counseling and referrals are available. Call 212-815-1260 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a screening evaluation. Below are programs and support groups offered by PSU: Conflict Mediation Group: Get help in resolving workplace conflicts The Health & Security Plan’s Personal Service Unit is offering a four-session support group for members who desire help with conflict resolution in the workplace. We will offer a place to talk about your concerns and provide support. We will come together and learn to improve communication skills and manage workplace conflicts more effectively. The group will be held during the months of March and April from 6 to 7:30 p.m. [More...]