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.
Mindwell U is a free online 30-day challenge that takes just five minutes a day. Accessible on any device at any time of day. This practice lowers stress and increases resilience. The Challenge focuses on practicing ‘mindfulness-in-action’ so it is not necessary to stop what you are doing to become calmer, present and more focused. Everyone who registers for the Challenge can invite a buddy to take the training with them.
How does it work?
- Visit https://app.mindwellu.com/novascotia to sign
- Complete your short profile, invite a buddy (optional but recommended)
- Each day for 30 days you will receive an email that guides you through a “Take 5” session
Therapy Assistant Online (TAO) is a free and private online resource available in French and English. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health. Each person can choose which topics they want to explore and go at their own pace. Topics include:
- Calming your worry
- Interpersonal relationships and communication
- Improving your mood
- Pain management
- Let go and be well
- Leave your blues behind
- Evaluating alcohol and drug use
TAO Self-Help has many videos, skills tips and short activities. As individuals engage with the interactive components, they gain knowledge, self-awareness, and skills to achieve their mental health goals. For more information, or to sign up for TAO, please visit: https://taoconnect.org/what_is_tao/ns/
Many adults experience mild-to moderate anxiety and depression at some point. In this program, you work with a coach to learn about anxiety and the valuable life skills that have been proven to overcome nervousness. This service is private and confidential and offered through the Strongest Families Institute- a charity that provides proven services to those seeking help for issues impacting health and mental well-being. With weekly telephone support from a coach, individuals work through materials in a manual or via a secure website.
The program offers skill demonstration videos, practice activities and follows a client-centered program that is customized to their needs. Participants can access the program from the comfort and privacy of their own home.
Adults can now self-refer to this program here: https://login.strongestfamilies.com/folder/1963/
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.
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.