Health and Community Services
February 15, 2016

Supporting Healthy Workplaces

Training Complete in Workplace Mental Health Program

Through the Understanding Changes Everything Workplace Program, the Provincial Government has provided training to several partner organizations to promote mental health in the workplace and build positive working environments that reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and addictions.

"People spend a significant amount of time at work, and for anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, the workplace can be particularly challenging. Our government is working with partner organizations throughout the province to improve mental health outcomes and working environments. Providing healthy and supportive workplaces helps employees and is good for business. It is a win-win for everybody."
- The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services

As part of Phase II of the Understanding Changes Everything Anti-Stigma Awareness Campaign, the Provincial Government has provided training in The Working Mind to 12 partner organizations. The Working Mind is an education-based program that is offered through the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The program is designed to reduce stigma in the workplace and improve mental resiliency. Partners of the program who are committed to promoting and supporting mental health in their workplaces are:

  • College of the North Atlantic
  • Central Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Hickman Automotive Group
  • Johnson Inc.
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health
  • M5
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nalcor Energy
  • Newfoundland Power
  • Western Health
  • WorkplaceNL

"I'm proud to see my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador leading improvements in mental health and wellness at work. Anti-stigma programs are powerfully effective. Starting a respectful and compassionate conversation with a co-worker in distress could truly save a life."
- Louise Bradley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

For more information on theUnderstanding Changes Everythingcampaign and to learn more about mental illness and addictions in the workplace, visit www.UnderstandNow.ca External Link Icon.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government has provided training to partner organizations to promote mental health in the workplace and build positive working environments that reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and addictions.
  • Twelve partner organizations have received training in The Working Mind, an education-based program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada that is designed to reduce stigma in the workplace and improve mental resiliency.
  • For more information on theUnderstanding Changes Everythingcampaign and to learn more about mental illness and addictions in the workplace, visit www.UnderstandNow.ca External Link Icon.

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Media contacts:

Tina Williams
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377
tinawilliams@gov.nl.ca
Patti Robson
Director of Marketing and Communications
Mental Health Commission of Canada
613-683-3742
probson@mentalhealthcommission.ca

2016 02 15                              11:55 a.m.