Message from Elisabeth Eid, Mental Health and Wellness Champion
Mental Health Week 2020
Mental Health Week 2020 (May 4 to 10, 2020) is fast approaching, and this year, more than ever, the Wellness team would like to share some key events and tools that support mental health. You will note that all activities are available online, outside of the Justice network, to maximize accessibility and participation.
New interactive online resource – Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada is a new, individualized, online mental health and wellness resource developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This excellent resource provides individuals with a mechanism to assess their personal mental health status, and then offers further tools and information based on those results. The additional modules include specific resources to help individuals address low mood, anxiety, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. We highly encourage everyone to explore this rich and interesting resource!
Mental Health Week
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has confirmed that Mental Health Week 2020 will take place May 4 to 10, 2020. This year’s campaign theme is social connection, which supports public health messaging about the importance of maintaining social connection in a time of physical distancing. CMHA’s overarching message is that connecting with other people and your community doesn’t just feel good—it’s good for your mental health.
For obvious reasons, this year’s campaign will focus on social media and online activities. Please note that this year’s social media campaign will be using #GetReal / #ParlerPourVrai to encourage honest conversations about how Canadians are really doing, beyond the perfunctory “I’m fine.”
The Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace will focus its Mental Health Week efforts on the following two key activities:
Power Chats on COVID-19 and Mental Health in the Workplace
On May 5, two virtual Power Chats on COVID-19 and Mental Health in the Workplace will be hosted by the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace through the Canada School of Public Service. The English webcast will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT, and the French webcast will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. During these sessions, expert panelists will answer your questions about how to maintain social connections while juggling personal responsibilities with professional duties, in atypical working conditions.
- Jean-François Claude, Senior Advisor, Workplace Mental Health, Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, Treasury Board Secretariat
- Jordan Friesen, National Director, Workplace Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association (English Session)
- Catherine Gareau-Blanchard, Senior advisor and trainer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Québec Division and Montréal Branch (French Session)
- Samir Khan, Manager, Mental Health Division, Health Canada
- Denis St. Jean, National Health and Safety Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada
Register by emailing email@example.com! Please share far and wide, and connect via a personal device to reduce pressure on government networks, if possible.
From May 4 to 8, the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace will be hosting a virtual 5-day #GetReal for #GCMentalHealth challenge on Twitter. They will be offering great tips and ideas for staying connected while being apart. Each day, they will be encouraging you to connect in a different way and asking you to share how you are staying connected:
- Day 1 (May 4): Connect with yourself
- Day 2 (May 5): Connect with loved ones
- Day 3 (May 6): Connect with nature
- Day 4 (May 7): Connect with colleagues
- Day 5 (May 8): Connect with your community
As a reminder, the Wellness team is just an email away. If you have any questions or need support, please do not hesitate to reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Wellness digital workplace is also available at your fingertips for all types of information, tools and resources.
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