September 20, 2017
2:45 pm to 3:45 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
We are Assets, Not Liabilities – Mental Health in the Workplace
About the Session:
A story of how her recent struggle with Anxiety and Depression flipped her ‘normal’ life experiences upside-down. Hayley will speak to vulnerability at work and what can happen when the support systems in place are not created from a foundation of compassion. Challenging the notion that vulnerability equals weakness, Hayley continues to use her lived experience to overcome fear and shame, while embracing vulnerability and creating safe spaces, both in and out of the workplace.
An advocate for stigma reduction, Hayley Peek continues to implement self care strategies to manage her Generalized Anxiety Disorder & Depression, with a strong focus on embracing vulnerability and mindfulness. She volunteers on the CMHA York South Simcoe Speakers Bureau and has recently began facilitating peer support circles, inspired by the connections created through sharing her lived experience.
The Mental Health Crew Talk
About the Session:
In 2016, the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) developed the Mental Health Crew Talk to raise awareness of mental health and to enable early intervention. It also empowers employees to be courageous in speaking up about their own mental health struggles. The workshop was developed to address a need for mental health awareness training for non-supervisory staff. It was a gap identified after CMHA BC implemented supervisory training in mining and forestry companies. MH Crew Talks are 45-minute training sessions delivered during a shift. From May to Dec 2016, 65 sessions were delivered to over 800 employees in all departments.
• Number of visits to the peer support worker have increased by 25%
• Requests for CMHA materials to share with crews have also increased
• Use of the EFAP program has increased 6%• Noticeable cultural shift with employees commenting on the ‘general feeling of safeness’ onsite
Julia Kaisla is the Director of Community Engagement for the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division. While her more formal role with CMHA BC involves overseeing workplace initiatives, public relations and branch relations, she spends her days writing and working with people. She is passionate about making a difference and is committed to the promotion of mental health in Canada. She is a certified psychological health and safety advisor, a trained Mental Health Works facilitator, has a graduate degree in Conflict Analysis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Gord Menelaws is a workplace trainer with CMHA BC. He also works for Teck Trail Operations as the Wellness and Learning Coordinator. From 2006 to 2016, he was the full-time Health and Safety Chair for the United Steelworkers Local 480 in Trail, BC. Born and raised in Trail, Gord is married with four children and maintains an active Kootenay lifestyle of hiking, biking, and skiing. Both Gord and his parents have struggled with mental health issues in the past and this is the reason for his passion and drive towards helping others burdened with these diseases.
Living in Depression: From Near Suicide to Reclaiming Myself
About the Session:
A vividly painted story of what PTSD and major depression is. Stark and unvarnished Natasha describes the suffering she had gone through in her years of living with her mental illness and her near suicide, all the while hiding her agony from her coworkers and friends because of the stigma attached. It is also a story of hope as she has recovered and has become a mental health advocate, fighting the stigma.
A terrifying incident of domestic violence threw Natasha Bronfman into PTSD and major depression. Since her recovery she has become a determined advocate against the stigma of mental illness; she joined the Board of CMHA Toronto, obtained a Certificate in Mental Health Law and was appointed to the Consent and Capacity Board. She has been sharing her lived experience with corporations during the United Way campaign