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Friday, December 2, 2011 (all day)

Mental health disorders may affect any one of us. In Canada, mental and behavioural disorders account for as much as 25 percent of reported workplace diseases and injury. The most serious impediment to sound treatment and/or accommodation is our collective lack of understanding.

This is a day dedicated to bringing us all to a common knowledge of mental illnesses, where to get help, how to help others, and what our collective responsibilities are as members of the university community.


Dr. Ian Arnold is Chair of the Workforce Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). He oversees the development of projects that will help ensure that mental health becomes a priority in the Canadian workplace. Dr. Arnold has considerable experience with mental health issues in the university environment.

Mary Ann Baynton provides consulting services including training, interventions, presentations, and project management to organizations, including academic institutions, that wish to improve or address issues related to workplace mental health. She helped create a multiple-award winning national training program for management and unions as the director of Mental Health Works. As Program Director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and member of the MHCC Workforce Advisory Committee, Mary Ann is helping to make valuable workplace mental health resources publicly available to all Canadians.


State of mind: learn what the largely invisible state of mental health looks like and how it affects you and others
Open to all faculty and staff
9:00-11:30 am, Humanities Theatre
Attendance at this session is strongly encouraged for participation in the following two sessions. Registration is requested.

Mind your management: learn the responsibilities that guide policies and practices to effectively handle mental health problems
Working lunch by invitation for Senior Administrators, Deans, Directors and Chairs of academic units, and Faculty Executive Assistants/Officers
12:00 - 2:30 pm, Laurel Room
This session will expand on the morning presentation. Registration is required.

Expand your mind: learn more about how specifically to recognize and help yourself or colleagues in issues of mental health
Workshop open by registration to all faculty, including Directors and Chairs of academic units
3:00-4:30 pm, Hagey Hall 1104
This session will expand on the morning presentation. Because of space limitations, registration is required.

This initiative is supported by the Faculty Association, the President and senior administration, Occupational Health, Human Resources, the Staff Association, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Employee Assistance Program, and our benefits provider, Great West Life Assurance Company.

We urge you to attend this important initiative led by two of Canada’s experts on mental health in the workplace.