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Employee Wellness

Our Vision is to provide a workplace where our employees are thriving in service of equitable student outcomes. Our Mission is to establish a workplace that actively nurtures employee wellness for all SKPS team members.

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May is Mental Health Month

May We Be Well: Fostering Mental Health in a World of Continuous Change

As the world changes, so does our need for effective mental health strategies. This Mental Health Month we embrace "Where to Start," a theme from Mental Health America designed to help us navigate life’s uncertainties with resilience. Our aim is to provide tools and support to enhance well-being amidst these shifts. Join us in building a supportive community that empowers each of us in our mental health journey.

Where to Start - Mental Health Month


Self-Improvement Courses

Onward by Elena Aguilar

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Boost your emotional resilience with ‘Onward,’ a six-part virtual book study series, led by Bright Morning’s Nita Creekmore. Receive a complimentary book and workbook to enhance the learning experience. Space is limited- so sign up today!

Licensed & Classified session time, dates & sign up

Administrator & District Leader session time, dates & sign up

A teacher takes an EmpowerU virtual training

EmpowerU Educator Self Care & Resilience

Build resilience, improve mental health, and beat burnout with EmpowerU's Educator PD Course (5 CEU hours).  Review the technology requirements for this is a self-paced, 6-8 week virtual program. 

Learn more about this course and sign up

OEA Choice Trust Employee Health & Wellness Support Mini-Grant!

Enhance your team’s wellness with the OEA Choice Trust Wellness Support Mini-Grants. These grants are dedicated to boosting employee health, emotional well-being, and resilience, creating a supportive and healthy work environment.

Learn more about OEA Mini-Grants

Deadline for submissions: June 10, 2024

OEA Choice Trust Mini Grant



Employee Wellness Programs & Resources

Care Solace for Staff

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

Use Care Solace to find a provider

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit the Care Solace website and either search on your own or click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone

Please note: Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 988.

Uprise health digitally enabled employee assistance program (EAP)

UpriseHealth EAP

UpriseHealth is the SKPS Employee Assistance Program platform, providing NO COST benefits to all employees and their families.

Uprise Health Member Portal Requires Staff Access Code. See below. 

Rethink Care


RethinkCare is a leading digital training platform for personal wellbeing, professional resilience, and family support. Available on the web or as a mobile app, RethinkCare also includes resources for sleep and social-emotional health. 

Watch the video introduction to RethinkCare

Access RethinkCare

Onward - cultivating emotional resilience

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

The companion website to Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar, Onward supports a practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching.

Visit Onward

Employee Wellness Walker Tracker

Walker Tracker 

Set goals and join step challenges using the Walker Tracker App.

Start Tracking Your Steps

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Tools and support creating plans for healthier school and out-of-school time.

Visit Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

Greater Good Happiness Calendars

Monthly calendars with day-by-day guides and activities.

View Greater Good Happiness Calendars


Wellness Minute

First, Self-Compassion

In fact, we often judge ourselves more harshly than we judge others, especially when we make a mistake or feel stressed out. That can make us feel isolated, unhappy, and even more stressed; it may even make us try to feel better about ourselves by denigrating other people.

Rather than harsh self-criticism, a healthier response is to treat yourself with compassion and understanding.

According to psychologist Kristin Neff, this “self-compassion” has three main components: mindfulness, a feeling of common humanity, and self-kindness.

This exercise walks you through all three of those components when you’re going through a stressful experience. Research suggests that people who treat themselves with compassion rather than criticism in difficult times experience greater physical and mental health. Take a Wellness Minute and give it a try!

Special thanks to our community partners!

Kaiser Permanente thriving schools
OEA Choice Trust