State of mind: A look at mental health issues in the workplace*
Open to all University employees
Did you know? Mental health issues affect everyone; family members, friends and co- workers. In Canada alone, mental and behavioural disorders account for 25% of disease and injury (Dewa, Chau & Demer, 2009).
Mental Health is a broadly defined term and can include issues such as excessive stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, and addictions, as all as more severe occurrences. These issues can affect us all regardless of age, sex, culture, or socioeconomic group.
It's time to talk!
Join us on December 2nd for a candid talk on mental wellness in the workplace as we bring the largely invisible state of mental health to forefront. Learn how mental health affects you, your colleagues, and your family. We urge you to attend this important initiative led by two of Canada’s experts on mental health in the workplace.
To sign up for this event, please visit our Registration page.
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. He 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.
*This initiative is supported by the Faculty Association, Occupational Health, Human Resources, the Staff Association, the Employee Assistance Program, and our benefit carrier, Great West Life Assurance Company.
About the speaker series
The speaker series gives those who may not be able to attend the annual Staff Conference in April an opportunity to hear expert keynote speakers at other times. The series was created as a direct result of feedback that many staff are remaining behind in the office so that other colleagues can attend the Staff Conference.
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