For employees experiencing a mental health problems and mental illness, a good work-life balance is critical. The relationship between stress and mental illness is complex, but certainly stress can exacerbate mental illness for some people. Mental health issues account for 30% of all disability costs, but studies show that taking effective action produces results. A 15-33% reduction in psychological health costs is achievable when effective and appropriate policies and programs are implemented.
Resources to Help Promote Mental Health in Your Municipality
May 6-12, 2019 was Mental Health Week, and Canadians plugged in their mental health microphones and got loud about what mental health really is. Mental health: everyone has it! The next Mental Health Week is May 4-10, 2020.
Until then, stay loud.
The Municipal Wellness Program offers The Working Mind (TWM) training to all municipal managers and employees
The Working Mind (TWM) is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.
This training is aimed to:
- Improve short-term performance and long-term mental health outcomes.
- Reduce barriers to care and encourage early access to care.
- Provide the tools and resources required to manage and support employees who may be experiencing a mental illness.
- Assist supervisors in maintaining their own mental health as well as promoting positive mental health in their employees.
The Employee and Family Assistance Program is a support service that can help you take the first step toward change. They can help with mental health related issues such as stress, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and much more.
All services are completely confidential.
Community Mental Health and Addictions provides services to individuals 19 years or older* experiencing moderate to severe mental disorders (including addiction) that interfere with their daily functioning. They enable persons to manage their conditions and work towards recovery.
Treatments are matched to individual needs and may include:
- Mental health and addiction screening and assessment.
- Group and individual therapeutic interventions (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, structured relapse prevention, psycho-education, and dialectical behavioral therapy).
- Diagnostic consultation.
- Medication prescribing and/or consultation.
- Recovery treatment and/or care planning.
- Rehabilitation and monitoring services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
- Intensive day treatment services.
- Specialized opioid treatment services
There is no cost to you for any of our services.
If you have a mental health or addiction crisis, please call the Mental Health and Addiction Crisis line at 902-429-8167 or toll-free at 1-888-429-8167. If you need help immediately, call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
The Municpal Wellness Program has developed a Mental Health and Wellness Policy Template to help guide municipalities in creating and sustaining a supportive environment around mental health.
The purpose of this policy is to encourage, support and offer health related programs that will assist employees and elected officials in achieving ownership for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, resulting in improving the overall health and wellbeing for all employees. A healthy workplace leads to improved satisfaction and moral, which contributes to a more effective workplace.