Capital Health marks Healthy Workplace month

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 1:24pm

October is Healthy Workplace month and this year’s theme is “Know it. Live it. My Mental Health Matters.”

We want to know how you take care of your mental health. Send your story (and a picture if you have one!) by Oct. 10 to Laura.Smith@cdha.nshealth.ca and you could win a prize from Organizational Health. We may use your story and name on our web page.   

Capital Health has a Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for staff. The strategy includes four key areas that will be addressed: workplace anti-stigma; education and skills-building; self-care and treatment; and respect and support.

A priority of this strategy is to address stigma in the workplace. In collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Capital Health has trained  ten people to become facilitators of the ‘Working Mind”. The intent of this program is to provide managers and employees in the workplace with a deeper understanding of mental health problems and a helpful frame of reference to adequately intervene.  It is designed to help managers and employees discern performance and behavioral indicators of a potential underlying mental health condition and provide the appropriate level of support.    

The Capital Health trainers are (L to R): Deborah Phillips, Katie Meisner, Cynthia Hamilton, Laura Smith, Bonnie Conrad, Randy Tresidder, Patrick Daigle, Bruce Miller and Jennifer Bullman. Missing from the photo is Dr. Bianca Horner.