The only time you should be looking down on a fellow member is when you are picking them up.

Brothers and Sisters,

Since the beginning of the IUPAT Helping Hand effort, District Council 82 has been dedicated to developing new strategies to help members struggling with substance use disorder and mental health issues. This is an ongoing battle for our membership and for those working in the trades.

If you or a loved one needs online or phone assistance, please reach out to DC 82‘s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), TEAM Wellness at Work, directly at 1-800-634-7710, or go to their website,

As your Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, I am fully committed to providing helpful resources and education to our members and their families. That’s why we pioneered the FTIUM Care Team – so you can receive the support you need and deserve.

The individuals who make up the FTIUM Care Team are responsive, trained counselors who can help if you’re in a tough mental spot. They can also evaluate your specific situation and refer you to an in-network, qualified provider or an accredited facility. All communication with both the FTIUM Care Team and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­TEAM Wellness at Work is strictly confidential.

There’s strength in talking about our emotions and experiences even though it can feel uncomfortable. Pushing down these tough feelings can make it even harder for us to get on a path to healing and recovery in the long run.

The first step to reducing harm is not being afraid to address it.

We’re here, we care, and we want to help.

Please take advantage of these services. In our union, we’re here to support each other and our families.

In solidarity,

Jeff Stark

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