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January 29th, 2020 is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Posted in: Mental Health | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 29, 2020

**If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs immediate assistance. Get help. Go to your nearest hospital or call 911** The conversation starts today, January 29th, with Bell Let’s Talk (#BellLetTalk) day bringing attention to mental health awareness and helping to break the silence surrounding mental illness. It continues Mental Health Week, May 4th-10th, 2020, with a campaign (#GetLoud) promoting open discussion regarding mental illness, how to stop the associated discrimination and stigma, while raising awareness and building support for those who suffer. Then culminates in October with Mental Illness Awareness Week, an effort coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health designed to open the eyes of Canadians to mental illness. Mental health is part of our daily lives at home, at play and at work, it affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly, whether we are aware of it or not. […]

Bullying & Harassment: Is it an Acceptable WCB Stress?

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 14, 2020

While there was a time when the stress of your job did not constitute the basis of an acceptable workers’ compensation claim, the times they are changing, or so it may seem.  With the emergence of campaigns like anti-bullying,  #MeToo, and #BellLetsTalk (coming up later this month on January 29th), discussions around mental health issues and their impact on how we live has become more prevalent. Issues like bullying (including cyber-bullying), harassment and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are being more widely recognized, acknowledged and accepted in a work-related context.  Although ‘stress’ is not a medically accepted diagnostic term, mental stress is commonly used to describe a person’s non-specific physical and psychological response to the events or changes that occur in his or her life. These events are known as stressors and stressors are a normal part of life. If a person’s ability to cope with stressors is overwhelmed; distress, a […]

St. John’s Ambulance Mental Health First Aid Course

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 17, 2017

Continuing the Conversation In case you missed it, Bell Let’s Talk day 2017 set new all-time records with unprecedented social media participation in Canada’s national conversation about mental health. An impressive 131,705,010 Bell Let’s Talk interactions through calls, texts, tweets, posts and views raised more than $6.5 million in funding for Canadian mental health programs, research and initiatives. Leading up to Bell Let’s Talk day, Bell announced support for a number of new projects including funding for St. John’s Ambulance to develop and incorporate a mental health module in their standard and emergency first aid courses. As a result, St. John’s Ambulance now offers a Mental Health First Aid course. The course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to teach participants how to assist people showing signs of mental health problems or people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The course does not train individuals to […]

Mental Health: The Connection Between Healthy Minds and Healthy Workplaces

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 5, 2016

It is not really a coincidence that Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week overlap. Recent focus on the awareness and acceptance of mental illness and the effects that stress has on our overall wellbeing, highlights the connection between workplace safety and a psychologically healthy work environment. Although NAOSH week focuses on all aspects of health and safety on the job, healthy minds are the foundation of healthy workplaces.  A balanced, stress-free mind is better able to focus on the task at hand, which helps reduce of the risk of accident or injury on the job for everyone. Especially in tough economic times, the effects of stress and the incidence of mental illness become more prevalent as our ability to cope is tested and our emotional reserves are strained. That healthy, balanced, stress-free mind becomes increasingly difficult to attain and maintain, so it is more […]

Mental Health in the Workplace – Tips and facts for a healthy workforce

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 29, 2016

The conversation started on January 27th with Bell Let’s Talk day bringing attention to mental health awareness and helping to break the silence surrounding mental illness. Mental Health Week, May 2nd – 8th, 2016, continues the campaign promoting open discussion regarding mental illness, how to stop the associated discrimination and stigma, while raising awareness and building support for those who suffer. Staying mentally healthy is like staying physically fit, it takes conscious effort to face the stresses, challenges and demands that we experience Mental health is part of our daily lives at home, at play and at work, it affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly, whether we are aware of it or not. How we feel, think and interact with those around us can have a powerful impact on their mental wellbeing and our own. Here are five interesting mental health facts you may not be aware of: Mental illness […]

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