Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance
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What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is an attempt to badger and intimidate another that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include derogatory text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Why Cyber-bullying is Different
People who are being cyber-bullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, children who are cyber-bullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.
• Cyber-bullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach anyone even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
• Cyber-bullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
• Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Effects of Cyber-bullying
Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyber-bullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether experienced in person or through using technology, the effects of bullying are similar.
People who are cyber-bullied are more likely to:
• Use alcohol and drugs
• Skip school or being unwilling to attend school
• Experience in-person bullying
• Receive poor grades
• Have lower self-esteem
• Have more health problems
Frequency of Cyber-bullying
The 2017 Facts about Bullying (stopbullying.gov)
Indicates that 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyber-bullying.
20% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year. Research on cyber-bullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.
Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress
(excerpts from the mayoclinic.org)https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.
If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you're likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.
Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk by substituting positive thoughts as you become aware of the negativity. Studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many positive health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair — you can learn positive thinking skills. Positive thinking doesn't mean that you ignore life's less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, instead of anticipating the worst.
(excerpts from help guide.org)
Traumatic experiences involve a threat to life or safety, and any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. If you’ve had a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. But with the right treatment, self-help strategies, and support, you can speed your recovery. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on. Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world. Contact any of the EAP representatives listed here for help in effectively dealing with the trauma.
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Benefits and you
American Airlines, Inc. Health & Welfare Plan for Active Employees
This month our team would like to discus the document that explains in detail all our health benefits, please take time to review this document on Jetnet, the following is the introduction:
American Airlines, Inc. (the “Company”) provides you with a comprehensive benefits package designed to help you meet the health, life, accident, disability, and dependent care needs of you and your eligible family members. To help you make the most of those benefits, this Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) describes the provisions of the American Airlines, Inc. Health & Welfare Plan for Active Employees (the “Plan”) effective January 1, 2018. This SPD provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits available under the Plan as well as limitations, exclusions, Deductible and Co-Insurance requirements. A detailed list of benefit types provided under the Plan, along with contact information, can be found in the chapter “Benefits under the Plan and Contact Information.” The terms and conditions of the Plan are set forth in this Summary Plan Description, the formal Plan Document, and insurance policies/evidence of coverage related to the benefits under the Plan. Together, these documents are incorporated by reference into the formal Plan Document and constitute the written instruments under which the Plan is established and maintained. An amendment to one of these documents constitutes an amendment to the Plan. This summary should be read in connection with any applicable insurance policy/evidence of coverage provided by the insurers listed in the section “Benefits under the Plan and Contact Information.” Unless otherwise noted, if there is a conflict between a specific provision under the Plan Document and an insurance policy/evidence of coverage, or this Summary Plan Description, the Plan Document controls. If the Plan Document is silent, then the Summary Plan Description controls, except where the Summary Plan Description refers to an insurance policy/evidence of coverage. If both the Plan Document and Summary Plan Description are silent, the terms of the applicable insurance policy/evidence of coverage controls. However, with respect to fully insured benefits, the terms of the certificate of insurance coverage or insurance policy/evidence of coverage control when describing specific benefits that are covered or insurance-related terms. See the section “Benefits under the Plan and Contact Information” to determine whether a particular benefit is self-funded by the Company or fully insured by the insurer. The Company, or its authorized delegate, reserves the right to modify, amend or terminate any of the Plans, any program described in this SPD, or any part thereof, at its sole discretion, except as otherwise specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreements. You will be notified of any changes that affect your benefits, as required by federal law. There is a “Glossary” at the end of this SPD that defines capitalized terms and how they apply to the benefits described in this SP.
The 2019 benefits Annual Enrollment will be held on October 15 – October 26, details of benefits to follow, please have your addresses updated and check your mail.
September 2018 Local 591 EAP News Letter.pdf