Please note: In compliance with agency COVID physical distancing protocols, presentations on all topics related to mental health and wellness are available virtually upon request. For more information contact 519-752-2998, ext. 112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Promotion and Education is provided to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness and to reduce stigma. The program fosters a proactive approach to maintain mental wellness.
Through education, information and community development, Mental Health Promotion provides programming to create an awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness within Brant Haldimand Norfolk.
Mental Health Promotion and Education includes:
- Inservices on stress management, mental health, mental illness, workplace wellness Including, Mental Health Works. Organizations requiring custom-made training for their staff, can also be accommodated.
- Guest speaking
- Workshops, conferences and professional development training are also offered in the community
- Promotion of Mental Health Week, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Suicide Prevention Awareness Day and other awareness campaigns
- Information dissemination
- Specialized training (Listed below)
- Custom-made training for community organizations, including stress management, mental health literacy, and other related topics on mental health and mental illness
- Volunteer coordination
Our Mental Health Promotion Team will also develop customized trainings for workplaces on various topics on mental wellness, mental illness, mental health in the workplace and other related topics. We are available to present at professional development days, agency in-services, lunch and learns, wellness fairs and other community events. For information on any of these trainings, please contact Lill Petrella, Mental Health Promotion & Education Team Lead at 519-752-2998, ext. 112, e-mail email@example.com
Mental Health Works is a national social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The program provides capacity building workshops that are person centred, evidence based, and solutions focused. We will help you to build mental health awareness in your workplace. We will teach you skills for how to respond to challenging situations. We will collaborate with you toward a more psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
Yes, improving workplace mental health is good business. But it’s more than that.
It’s the right thing to do.
WHAT WE DO
Mental Health Works provides capacity building workshops on workplace mental health to both employers and employees. Our approach is person centred, evidence based, and solutions focused. We meet the needs of workplaces for mental health training in many essential areas.
Workshop Types and Descriptions To request any of these workshops, please contact:
Lill Petrella, Team Lead, Mental Health Promotion & Education at 519-752-2998, ext 112, or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: There are costs associated with these workshops, which can be discussed with the trainer.
In the Know is a mental health literacy program developed at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph created specifically to educate the agricultural community. This half-day training program is being made available through CMHA Brant Haldimand Norfolk thanks to a partnership of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), the University of Guelph and CMHA Ontario. Trainings will be delivered online until public health measures allow for in-person delivery.
An evaluated pilot of In the Know training in 2019 showed the course increased participants’ mental health knowledge and confidence in recognizing mental health struggles, speaking about mental health, and helping others who are struggling. Spearheaded by Dr. Briana Hagen, Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton of the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, and a stakeholder team from farming and mental health backgrounds, In the Know aims to build mental health knowledge and increase help-seeking among farmers. The course provides education on topics such as stress, depression, anxiety, substance misuse and how to start a conversation around mental well-being.
The program will give this community the opportunity to discuss mental health openly and safely. We believe In the Know, with its farming-specific scenarios that put mental health into perspective for agriculture workers, will resonate well and improve lives as a result.
Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace
What is a psychologically healthy and safe workplace?
The CSA Standard Z1003-13 (R2018) “Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation” defines a psychologically healthy and safe workplace as a “workplace that promotes workers’ psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health including in negligent, reckless, or intentional ways.”
Psychological health is related to mental health, which is also defined in Z1003 as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” This definition references the World Health Organization, who note that in this positive sense, mental health is the foundation of well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community.
Thirteen organizational factors that impact organizational health, the health of individual employees and the financial bottom line, including the way work is carried out and the context in which work occurs risk are outlined in the Z1003. The 13 factors are discussed in the OSH Answers document Mental Health – Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Workplace.