September 19, 2017
11:30 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Winter to Spring: Growing Mental Well-being for Employees
About the Session:
Ryerson University was in a ‘winter’ season in regards to innovative ways to support employee mental health. Fundamentals existed (e.g., EAP program, benefits plan), but no options directly in the workplace. Then the Mental Health Coordinator position was created, whose sole focus was mounting well-being related initiatives. From launching well-being workshop series to creating an employee well-being room, ‘spring’ has definitely sprung in this area at Ryerson. This session explores Ryerson’s progression ‘through the seasons’!
Natalie Roach MEd, Mental Health Coordinator for Ryerson University, creates and coordinates strategic mental health initiatives for both students and staff. Some of her work has included creating workshops for faculty on well-being practices in the classroom, launching the Staff Wellbeing Lunch & Learn series and leading the project to create an Employee Wellbeing Room at Ryerson
Business Case for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
About the Session:
Adopting the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety can help your organization with productivity, financial performance, risk management, organizational recruitment and employee retention. However, convincing decision-makers to invest in psychological health and safety is a common challenge for most organizations. Through a compelling employee story and through a live enactment of how the business case can be presented to senior leaders, this session will equip you with the tools, strategies, and core elements you need to build an effective business case for psychological health and safety in your workplace.
Sarika leads the CMHA nation-wide Workplace Mental Health Program. This program includes a suite of tools and resources that support both the employer and the employee. She works closely with CMHA colleagues, partners and stakeholders at the national, provincial and local levels to improve capacity and delivery of workplace mental health programs and services to support the implementation of Canada’s National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety.
Improving Mental Health At Work: Promising practices for employers
About the Session:
Mental health problems and illnesses are the number one cause of disability in Canada, accounting for nearly 30% of disability claims and 70% of total disability costs. Some of these costs can be avoided if strategies are implemented to create and maintain a mentally safe and healthy workplace. During this session, the Mental Health Commission of Canada will share best practices, tools, and resources to assist employers in protecting and promoting the mental health of their workers based on learnings from over 40 Canadian organizations. Two of these organizations, Bernardi Human Resource Law (a small law firm) and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (a large, multi-site organization), will also share their journey of implementing The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Participants will leave with practical tools and resources they can use to start their own implementation journey.
Nitika Rewari, Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Research, Evaluation & Knowledge Translation, Mental Health Commission of Canada. In her role at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Nitika Rewari oversees research, evaluation, and knowledge translation activities to identify effective strategies and disseminate knowledge around workplace mental health. More recently, Nitika led a three-year case study project of more than 40 organizations across Canada identifying promising practices in implementing of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Lauren Bernardi, Lawyer & Human Resource Advisor, Bernardi Human Resource Law. Lauren Bernardi is a lawyer and human resource advisor working extensively in the field of workplace mental health, respect, harassment and violence. She is the author of “Powerful Employment Policies”, has been quoted in national newspapers, and was a guest expert on CBC Radio. Her firm participated in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s three-year case study project as an “early adopter” of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Lisa McCarney-Warus, Workplace Mental Health Specialist, Enbridge Gas Distribution. Lisa McCarney-Warus is responsible for implementing the workplace mental health focus at Enbridge Inc. As an Organizational Change Management specialist, Lisa works with employees at all levels of the organization to support Enbridge Gas Distribution’s implementation of the Standard and its participation in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s three-year Case Study Project. Lisa has worked in leading organizations in the energy, banking, and municipal sectors, and has participated in a variety of Workplace Psychological Health and Safety programs including certificate programs at York and Queen’s University.