Men­tal health at work fo­cus of ses­sions

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

Hast­ings Prince Ed­ward Pub­lic Health (HPEPH) has part­nered with Work­place Safety & Preven­tion Ser­vices (WSPS) in or­der to of­fer a se­ries of work­shops with an aim to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of lo­cal em­ploy­ers to pro­tect and pro­mote the psy­cho­log­i­cal health, safety and well­be­ing of work­ers.

HPEPH is now recruiting work­places for the In­vest­ing in Healthy Minds @ Work work­shop se­ries. This se­ries of six half-day work­shops will be­gin in Septem­ber, and be of­fered monthly un­til Fe­bru­ary 2018, free of charge.

Work­shops will de­liver prac­ti­cal knowl­edge that will em­power busi­ness lead­ers to cre­ate fea­si­ble psy­cho­log­i­cal health and safety ac­tion plans that are con­sis­tent with the Na­tional Stan­dard on Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health and Safety in the Work Place (CSA Z1003).

The In­vest­ing in Healthy Minds @ Work project, made pos­si­ble by a grant from On­tario Min­istry of Labour’s Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Preven­tion and In­no­va­tion Pro­gram, is a joint ef­fort be­tween WSPS and 13 On­tario Pub­lic Health Units.

To en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity, the work­shops will pro­vide em­ploy­ers with cost ef­fec­tive and ac­ces­si­ble men­tal health re­sources and train­ing that lever­age and re­flect the di­ver­sity and re­sources in each par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­nity.

“The In­vest­ing in Healthy Minds @ Work work­shop se­ries will fea­ture skilled WSPS fa­cil­i­ta­tors and re­view ev­i­dence-based so­lu­tions to help lo­cal em­ploy­ers cre­ate plans to im­prove men­tal health and safety in their work­place”, stated Jillian Gum­b­ley, health pro­mo­tion man­ager. “Fa­cil­i­ta­tors from HPEPH will also be in­volved in th­ese col­lab­o­ra­tive work­shops, co-pre­sent­ing ma­te­ri­als that re­quire the per­spec­tive of our own re­gion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the work­shops, in­clud­ing how to reg­is­ter, in­ter­ested work­places are in­vited to visit an up­com­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sion held on April 25 or 27 at the Belleville HPEPH Of­fice, visit http://hpepub­lichealth.ca/pro­fes­sion­als/work­places, or call 613-966-5500.

Po­ten­tial reg­is­trants are ad­vised that space is lim­ited.

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