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Back To Work?

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on August 27, 2020

It’s the dog days of summer, Labour Day is fast approaching. That means cooler weather is on its way and with it comes new challenges as we try to find our footing in a post-pandemic world.  Virtually every business has been affected by the lockdown and safety precautions that COVID-19 has necessitated, whether it was lay-offs, working from home, providing essential services, operating with a skeleton staff or finding innovative ways to provide goods and services. The full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be realized but we do know that it has taken a toll on our economy, our lifestyles, our livelihood and our mental health.  It’s undeniable, COVID-19 has changed us, at work, rest and play. It has changed the way we do business, the way we interact, the way we travel, the way we shop, the way we entertain ourselves and the way we receive healthcare. Some […]

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 […]

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