Take Time…For Your Mental Health

October 3, 2018 | News

You told us that increasing mental health education is important. This is why we’re bringing you a series of webinars, each covering a different theme on mental health.

Highlights from webinar 1: Awareness of Mental Health

It’s more common than we think

  • 1 in 5 of us will have a mental illness in our lifetime
  • Most will have a significant episode between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Many will not seek or get help

When a co-worker is struggling at work:

  • Step back from assumptions, judging, labeling
  • Consider how to show caring behaviour
  • Refrain from participating in gossip, or sharing damaging stories

When a co-worker returns to work from an illness, find a way to say:

  • Welcome back
  • It’s good to have you back
  • Let me know if you need a hand
  • This is what we’ve been up to while you were away
  • How can we help?

What is a psychologically healthy workplace?

  • Psychological support
  • Organizational Culture
  • Clear Leadership and Expectations
  • Civility and Respect
  • Growth and Development
  • Recognition and Reward
  • Involvement and Influence
  • Workload Management
  • Engagement
  • Balance
  • Protection of Physical Safety

Register for the next two webinars. This is an easy opportunity to bring your teams together and strengthen your work environment. Certificates of participation will be made available.

Responding with Respect – October 11 
This will help front-line staff gain confidence and the tools to work with residents and clients who may be experiencing distress due to mental illness or stress. Participants gain knowledge on how to recognize those who may be experiencing a mental health problem, respond to them and refer them to further help.

Introduction to Psychological Health and Safety – December 4 (leadership focus)
Those in management roles will learn how to promote mental health and address mental illness, including addiction, in the workplace from a health and safety perspective. This webinar includes a review of local policies or regulations, and provides an overview of National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Webinars facilitated In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association.