Protecting the Psychological Health and Safety of Volunteers
Description: Volunteers come from all walks of life. This means a percentage of them will have lived experience with addiction, trauma or mental illness. Others will be struggling with personal, financial or health issues. Join MHCC and Mindful Employer Canada to explore strategies that can be used to improve the psychological health and safety of your organizations volunteers.
Protecting the Psychological Health and Safety of Volunteers was developed through the contributions and feedback of 27 not-for-profit organizations participating in Mindful Employer Canada’s “Building capacity to promote and protect Psychological Health and Safety in the not-for-profit sector” case study. This two-year case study was made possible by the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program.
Join us to learn more about the strategies and resource sin the toolkit to support volunteers within your organization.
Sarah Jenner, Executive Director
Mindful Employer Canada
Mary Ann Baynton, Program Director
Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Webinar #47 – Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and promoting the wellbeing of first responders
Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and promoting the wellbeing of first responders
Description: During this webinar presentation, York Region Paramedic Services will highlight key features of York Region’s Paramedic Peer Support Team including the use of a dedicated peer support vehicle. Specifically, participants will learn about why organizations should consider implementing a peer support program as a proactive way of supporting employees that may be struggling. Hear about practical on the ground experiences in implementing a peer support program, including:
success factors and challenges; and
tips for other organizations looking at implementing a similar model.
John Anderson, ACP
Superintendent, York Region Paramedic Services
Webinar #46 – Social Enterprises: a progressive approach to solve Canada’s unemployment and underemployment issues
Why Buying Social is Good for Business: Leverage Your Purchasing to Create Greater Value
Description: In this webinar you will learn about social procurement and why businesses should consider it as part of their purchasing strategies. Stephanie Pronk will share information on tools, resources and an online community available to businesses through the Social Enterprise Institute online learning platform. David Lepage, of Buy Social Canada, will take a closer look at what social procurement is, how to influence its growth in your sector and how to implement it in your organization. Don Palmer, Executive Director of Causeway Work Centre, will use a landscaping social enterprise as an example to demonstrate how businesses can support social enterprises as part of their purchasing strategies.
Stephanie Pronk, Director of Operations,
Social Enterprise Institute CCC Ltd.
David Lepage, Director and Managing Partner,
Buy Social Canada
Don Palmer, Executive Director,
Causeway Work Centre
Webinar #43 - Myths and facts: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace (November 29, 2017)
Myths and facts: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace
Description: Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Preventing a death by suicide does not always need an expert; it is something we all can do. We can all learn skills to help promote life and help someone struggling with thoughts of suicide. Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Centre for Suicide Prevention as we discuss suicide prevention in the workplace.
Robert Olson, B.A., M.LIS
Librarian, Writer, Centre for Suicide Prevention
Hilary Sirman, B.A.(Hons.)/B.Ed, MPA
Director of Impact and Engagement, Centre for Suicide Prevention
Webinar #42 - Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness (October 25, 2017)
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness
Description: The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.
Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.
Rebecca Gewurtz, Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Emile Tompa, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Work and Health
Margaret Oldfield, Project Coordinator, Aspiring Workforce in Canada
Webinar #41 - State of Workplace Policies and Practices in Canada: Implications and Recommendations (September 27, 2017)
State of Workplace Policies and Practices in Canada: Implications and Recommendations
Description: Employers are increasingly challenged with difficult decisions on how to address issues of substance use in the workplace, including balancing public safety, employee productivity, human rights compliance, and providing effective and appropriate employee support among others. Proposed legislation to legalize cannabis has created an area of uncertainty as employers and employees attempt to discern between medical and recreational use and the impact on fitness for duty.
In response to increased demand from employers, practitioners, and other stakeholders wanting more information on, and knowledge of how to address, substance use affecting the workplace, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) conducted a broad study to better understand the issue and make recommendations.
This webinar will set the context of substance use and the workplace. The CCSA presenters will then discuss the findings from the study, which included an environmental scan of current policies, national survey, and key informant interviews. The discussion will finish with suggestions on how to apply some of the knowledge gained from the study in the workplace and ways to move forward.
Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Shawna Meister, M.A.,
Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Webinar #16 - Working towards Recovery: Lessons on employment supports from CMHA Ottawa (August 30, 2017)
Working towards Recovery: Lessons on employment supports from CMHA Ottawa
Description: The unemployment rate of people with serious mental illness can be as high as 90% in certain segments of the population and many more people with mental illness are thought to be significantly underemployed or precariously employed. These statistics are particularly disturbing since productive work has been identified as a leading component in promoting positive mental health and in paving the way for a rich and fulfilling life in the community.
To assist people with mental illness in finding meaningful competitive employment, and addressing the stigma they often face, the Canadian Mental Health Association has implemented the “At Work/Au travail” program, a national collaboration delivered in 13 communities across Canada. This recovery-oriented program provides supported employment related services to individuals who have complex service needs related to a mental health illness and who want to find competitive employment in the catchment areas of the Agencies. The Program supports rapid placement, competitive employment opportunities, participant choice and retention services to assist in securing and maintaining employment, improving mental health, improving physical health, reducing hospitalization, increasing financial well-being, expanding positive social networks and integrating the community.
Join CMHA Ottawa’s Jason Platt, Ken Wright, and Charlene Moysey as they provide an overview of CMHA Ottawa’s services and programs, client success stories, and the activities they are undertaking to build relationships with employers and help support clients in their job search and retention. In addition, hear from two clients of CMHA Ottawa’s At Work program who will share their challenges and successes in their employment and recovery journey.
Program Manager, CMHA Ottawa
Employment Case Manager, CMHA Ottawa
Employment Case Manager, CMHA Ottawa
CMHA Ottawa Clients
Webinar #39 - Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why (June 28, 2017)