A collection of other resources made available by our incredible partners to help support industry professionals during the current crisis.

HEADWAY: FOR HEALTHY MINDS AT WORK

Mental Well-Being In the Era of COVID-19

Our partners at Sklar Wilton & Associates have developed a library of downloadable resources to help business leaders start the conversation and champion mental health best practices in their workplaces. This is part of their Headway initiative which is Canada-wide and designed to support healthy minds at work.

The Headway team make the case for prioritizing mental health in the workplace with their explanation of the impact that negative mental health has on the business:

“Making mental health in the workplace a priority is not only the right thing to do, there’s a robust business case for doing so. The business costs of mental illness in Canada exceed fifty billion dollars per year, mental health issues can cost Canadian companies up to $1494 per employee per year, and the social costs of mental illness are immeasurable. Morneau Shepell’s ‘Workplace Mental Health Priorities‘ details further statistics about the business case for mental health in the workplace. In today’s economy, which is based on human qualities such as connectivity, innovation, and collaboration, business leaders must create workplaces that honour and respect human strengths and vulnerabilities.”

They have several high quality resource documents that any employer can use to start the conversation:

We encourage you to visit their website at https://sklarwilton.com/headway/ to learn more about this incredible initiative and how to enact change in your workplace. 

MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA

Mental Health First Aid

nabs is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada  to train industry professionals in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Mental Health First Aid is offered to someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the situation is resolved. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians will be living with a mental health problem this year.

nabs will begin certification in November of 45 people nationally across Canada. We will be offering this program again, in early 2021. For more information, please email Louise Berube lberube@nabs.org.

Mental Health First Aid – One Pager

The course is a 12-hour evidence based MHFA Basic course, and it has proven to give participants:

  • Confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis
  • Greater recognition of mental health problems
  • Improved mental health for themselves

Topics that are covered in the training include:

  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mood-related disorders
  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

The training also provides crisis first aid interventions for:

  • Overdose
  • Suicidal Behaviour
  • Panic Attacks
  • Psychotic Episode
  • Acute Stress Reaction

To learn more about the program and to find out more about some of the other trainings that the Mental Health Commission of Canada provides, visit their website here: https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/resources/mental-health-first-aid

Some other resource documents developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada include:

 

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