Mental Health Week, taking place May 6-12, 2019, is an important driver of conversations about mental health. As its website states, “We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships, feeling connected to our communities, knowing who we are, coping with stress and enjoying life.” If you are looking to learn more about mental health to support yourself or your colleagues, these resources are a good place to start.
Join in the conversation online by sharing these resources – and others you find helpful – with the hashtags #GetLoud and #MentalHealthWeek.
If you need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. Crisis centres are also available by phone for people in need of assistance.
Workplace Mental Health Takeaways Toolkit (Canadian Mental Health Association, Mental Health Commission of Canada)
This toolkit helps employers consider how they can implement “The Standard,” a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources to prevent psychological harm and promote psychological health. It contains a checklist, fact sheet and lessons from organizations that are already up to standard.
This fall 2018 issue of CERIC’s Careering contains articles on many facets of mental health, with articles including: Building resilience can have a positive impact on career transition; Overcoming barriers to returning to work after a mental-health leave; and Well-being-based career practices and interventions for preventing and treating mental illness.
This article offers science-based suggestions for how to actively protect and promote your mental health, as well as make changes when you’re not feeling your best. Some of these strategies can also be employed to promote mental health in the workplace.
Career Services Guide: Supporting People Affected by Mental Health Issues (Nova Scotia Career Development Association and CERIC)
Career service workers report more people are disclosing mental-health problems as a factor in their employment journey. This CERIC-supported Career Services Guide offers a new lens for understanding people affected by mental illness and practical strategies for engaging them in supportive ways.
MHFA courses help participants gain greater awareness and understanding of mental-health issues, as well as how to engage and provide comfort in situations where a person is experiencing a mental-health problem. A general course is available, in addition to courses focusing on specific populations including adults who interact with youth and Northern Peoples.
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