CGI began to prioritize mental health in 2015, primarily due to the growing recognition of the impact that mental health issues were having on its consultants and professionals, which ultimately resulted in increased healthcare costs.
In Saskatchewan, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) education is a shared responsibility between the Ministry of Education, under the authority of the Minister of Education, and locally elected boards of education. There are 27 school divisions in Saskatchewan, including public school divisions, separate school divisions, and the francophone school division.
Toronto Education Workers Local 4400 (TEW) is made up of approximately 17,000 education workers working primarily within the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). TEW is also home to childcare workers from various childcare centres and caretakers from Viamonde French Board, representing over 400 job classifications and over 1,000 worksites
The OAFC introduced The Working Mind First Responders (TWMFR) program, which is designed to promote mental health and wellness while reducing the stigma around mental illness in first-responder settings. Individuals who take the training learn how to improve their short- and long-term mental health outcomes and reduce barriers to care.
In 2021, WestJet teamed up with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to introduce The Working Mind (TWM) to their leaders. TWM is an evidence-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the workplace.
Many of our leaders who have taken the training are in a position where they can have conversations about mental well-being and are equipped with the tools to recognize when somebody may be struggling.
In 2012, ATB noticed an increase in employee claims related to mental health. In order to ensure the overall well-being of their employees, they began looking deeper into wellness in general, with a particular focus on physical, mental, and women’s health. This led ATB to develop a comprehensive wellness strategy, including a cohesive mental health strategy.
“Since the completion of the training, we are now seeing our units being more proactive in initiating discussions and understanding what community resources are available to further support our co-workers.”
There’s education and increased awareness about various mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and how to talk about them in a language based on the Mental Health Continuum spanning from healthy to injured mental wellness.
In June 2019, two Mental Health Coordinators from Keyano College attended the TIM PS Train-the-Trainer training in Calgary, AB. After receiving their certification, the two mental health champions began promoting the training internally to all staff and faculty and began working around schedules to deliver the training.
Beginning in October 2018, Laurentian University started rolling out the training to interested participants from around campus. They immediately trained 4 staff members from Counselling and Accessibility Services through the Train the Trainer course, two faculty members, another University Manager, a staff member from the Student Transition and Engagement team, and a member of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre.
In 2016, the City’s senior staff decided to implement the National Standard for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. However, the City quickly realized that to get the ball rolling on implementing the Standard, they needed to foster leadership, commitment and participation of the 2,300+ employees and start the conversation of mental health in the workplace.
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