Part 2 chronicles the evolution of organizational policies, practices, and programs at two very different and unique organizations. Join Quentin Steen (CLAC Labour Relations Representative) and Trever Amendt (AECOM Site Safety Lead, Energy Operations & Maintenance in Lacombe, Alberta) as they share their personal mental health stories and their groups’ commitments to building cultures of compassion with strong leadership, workplace-wide peer support, regular training, and employee communication and engagement.
Given that most Canadian workers clock between 35 and 40 hours weekly, it’s vital that time be invested in healthy workplaces that care as much about mental, emotional, and social well-being as they do about physical health. Join workplace mental health expert Dr. Merv Gilbert, along with WorkSafeBC’s Trudi Rondou and Lisa Smith. Together they explore new standards for psychological health and safety in the workplace, case studies, regulatory approaches, and the vital roles played by progressive leaders.
If you’re wearing a mask to hide mental health challenges, why not swap it for a superhero cape and brainpowers strong enough to save the day! Sharon Blady, PhD (former Manitoba Minister of Health, founder of Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates) and Dr. Simon Trepel (a psychiatrist and member of Sharon’s treatment team) talk about Sharon’s multiple diagnoses, what’s helping her heal, and how you, too, can embrace neurodiversity and load your mental health toolkit with superpower solutions.
Recovery from COVID-19 provides opportunities for transition to a just and green economy that would boost universal mental health. Policy professionals Trish Hennessy (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) and Arden Henley (Green Technology Education Centre) talk about transformative concepts and also explore how lessons learned about mental health during the pandemic, can guide economic reform while informing solutions to other global challenges, such as racism and climate change.
More than half of the seven million Canadians who face mental health challenges every year, won’t seek help for fear of being stereotyped and discriminated against. To help unravel the complexities of stigma that often bind people with mental illness, we’re joined by Samaria Nancy Cardinal, a Metis woman who battled intergenerational trauma and misdiagnosed mental illnesses, and Dr. Stephanie Knaak, a researcher with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Citizens expect and deserve mentally healthy communities. To that end, we connected with Ken Christian (City of Kamloops’ mayor and former environmental health professional) and Randy Sunderman (social economist and chair of the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association) to explore local governments’ role in planning and building mentally healthy communities. They also talk about the realities of local government spending for social infrastructure, and the impact of COVID-19 on community mental health.
Daniel Honke is an engaging young man who uses lived experience to help others in his community. Dr. Andy Greenshaw is a renowned research psychiatrist who collaborates with colleagues around the world, to create and test technologies that will better diagnose and treat depression. Together, they weave a story of hope that showcases the combined healing powers of science and storytelling, to wrestle the world’s most widespread mental illness.
Veteran/advocate Brian McKenna and psychologist Dr. Candice Monson explore veterans’ mental health issues. Drawing on lived experience with PTSD, Brian shares about the psychological challenges and opportunities faced by veterans who’ve served both at home and abroad. Dr. Monson, a clinician and researcher at Ryerson University, talks about the impacts of internal and external stigma on veterans’ mental health, and summarizes emerging trends in trauma research and treatment.
Danielle Impey (Mental Health Commission of Canada) and Debra Coffey (Registered Professional Counsellor) explore the emerging field of e-mental health, which uses the Internet and other technologies to provide care faster and from rural and remote locations. Impey explains the phenomenon and talks about the infrastructure, funding, training, and quality control needed. Coffey underscores the benefits and potential pitfalls of e-mental health for both clients and practitioners.
Drs. Trevor Hancock and Warren Bell share invaluable insights about the inefficiencies of our existing “downstream” mental health care system, and the opportunities provided by an “upstream” approach that better serves individuals, families, workplaces, and communities through prevention and health promotion. Dr. Hancock is a public health scholar and Dr. Bell, a GP and activist for more than 40 years.
SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH: Tackling Ageism, Embracing Prevention, & Improving Care (Parts 1 and 2)
SCHIZOPHRENIA: Busting Myths, Tackling Stigma, & Finding Hope
'MIND'ING NATURE: Renewing Connections Between Mental Health & the Environment
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