LifeSpeak’s July Campaign: Reflecting on Relationships

All relationships whether with ourselves, partners, family, friends or colleagues are something to nurture, heal, and build upon. As human beings, healthy connections and relationships are crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing.

Every relationship possesses unique contributors to one’s life, and consequently bears distinct hardships as well. Nourishing these relationships might be especially difficult during the pandemic, but it’s important that none are overlooked.

Over the next few weeks, let LifeSpeak’s experts guide you in strategies to strengthen and develop your relationships. The campaign will run from July 5 – 30 and will feature four relationship modules including:

  1. Yourself
  2. Partners
  3. Family
  4. Friends & Colleagues

Be sure to also join the “Ask the Expert” discussion on July 21 at Noon ET with Allison Villa, Registered Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert.

The French version will be with Nathalie Gauthier on July 22 at Noon ET.

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Live Free Webinar: Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth by taking action

Each Juneteenth, we commemorate the end of slavery for the African American community and share some of the progress made as we look forward to more that needs to be done. While this celebration is important, it isn’t enough. Creating a more equitable society will require much work from all of us as individuals and organizations.

If you’re not sure where to begin; LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) is inviting you to a live free webinar on Wednesday, June 23 at 11am ET. Topic:  Structural Discrimination and How it Works.

In the session, we will explore the various ways in which we are all complicit, either intentionally or unintentionally, in reproducing the barriers, prejudices, and systemic norms that we have all inherited and been conditioned by within North America.

Register here to reserve your spot.

In case you can’t make it, be sure to still Register and a recording would be sent as soon as it’s available.

To learn more about Juneteenth, click here to read an article (from Vox, June 2020).

LifeWorks: Understanding Inclusivity

As Pride celebrations continue this month, LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) wants to help you better understand inclusivity as it relates to the LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit community.

As we all deserve to be valued for who we are regardless of our gender identity or sexual orientation; LifeWorks’ key resources offer informative tips on inclusion, support, as well as how to build a more inclusive workplace, home and community.

Be sure to check out these helpful tips on:

Being an LGBTQ ally

Gender identity: Understanding basic terms

Creating an LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace

How LifeWorks can help in a traumatic event

The recent news of the discovery of a mass grave of children on the site of a former residential school in British Columbia has left us very saddened and devastated.

A crisis or traumatic event can trigger overwhelming emotional responses. Remember that the immediate and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are accessible 24/7/365 by calling 1-844-880-9142 or visiting www.workhealthlife.com. The website features additional information and tips on coping with trauma.

Crisis Support Line now open

While the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) help line is open for eligible employees, LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) has also opened up a Crisis Support Line for anyone in the community in need of emotional support in relation to these events. The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at: 1-844-751-2133.  By calling, individuals will receive professional emotional support and/or referral to community resources. This resource is available to anyone and everyone. 

For more resources on how to better deal with traumatic events, be sure to check out the following tip sheets:

Taking care after a traumatic event

How a traumatic event can affect you

Tips for helping your child through a traumatic event

 

LifeSpeak’s June Campaign: LGBTQIA+ & Two Spirit Community and Mental Health

It’s Pride month. A time in which the LGBTQIA+ & Two Spirit community is recognized and celebrated here in Canada and other regions.  LifeSpeak’s campaign sets out to help us better understand the social and mental health considerations for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Be sure to check out these helpful videos which deal with key topics such as:

  • Coming out as LGBTQ+
  • Same Sex Couplehood and Parenthood
  • The effect of Homophobia on Mental Health

Join the “Ask the Expert” session on June 28th at Noon ET as Michael Bach, Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion speaks on the topic: Talking to Your Kids and Coworkers about the LGBTQ+ Community. Click here for more info.

The French version will be Nadia Brabant on June 29th at Noon ET. For more info, click here.

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MindBeacon: Pandemic Mental Health Recovery & Managing Alcohol Use

MindBeacon’s efforts to help you better manage and take care of your mental health continue with their May programs and events.

Mental Health Recovery won’t happen over night

Check out MindBeacon’s 8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan; a resource to help you get your mental health back on track as we plan for pandemic recovery. Click here to view the recording of the plan’s launch during Mental Health week May 3-9, 2021.

I’m starting to need a drink everyday, should I be worried?

The pandemic may have led us to develop different habits. Some good, some not so good. However, research has shown that the use of alcohol has increased as a means to cope with pandemic-related anxiety. Here’s your chance to register for MindBeacon’s free 30 min Live ‘Ask the Therapist’ webinar at 12pm on May 19th- Managing Alcohol Use.

Learn about:

  • Understanding the different stages of alcohol use
  • Understanding the underlying reasons for alcohol use
  • Healthier coping mechanism for challenging times

It’s Maternal Mental Health month.

Be sure to check out the “Shared Experiences” of these women who are managing both motherhood and careers during the pandemic. Click to watch video 1 and video 2

I’m feeling anxious about being social again

As many persons are experiencing feelings of anxiety about socializing again, be sure to check out this recording of MindBeacon’s expert discussion as part of the Social Anxiety Therapist Guided Program.  Listen as the experts address key topics such as:

  • How to know if you’re experiencing social anxiety
  • Understanding the difference between being an introvert and experiencing social anxiety.
  • How to manage social anxiety and tips to overcome it?

To learn more about MindBeacon’s Therapist Guided Programs, Live Therapy sessions and other helpful resources visit Mindbeacon.com

LifeSpeak’s May Featured Training: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.

This month, as we acknowledge the importance of Mental Health, LifeSpeak wants to shine a light on PTSD through their training sessions and learning resources. These include:

  • This month’s featured training- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Simon Rego. Watch helpful videos on the important issues surrounding PTSD, including how it is assessed, diagnosed as well as some prevalent treatment options.
  • LifeSpeak’s Expert Blog postYour Brain on change by Cindy Smith, Organizational and individual change management expert.

  • Join the ‘Ask the Expert’ chat on May 26th at 12pm ET, as Dara Roth Edney speaks on the topic- Supporting Yourself and Others through Anxiety and Depression. Click here to learn more.
    The French version with Dr Nadia Gagnier will be on May 27th at 12pm ET. For more info click here

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LifeSpeak’s May Mental Health Marathon

Mental health is a vital part of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects our decision making, how we cope with stress and relate to others. LifeSpeak’s May Mental Health marathon will set out to help you prioritize and understand your mental well-being and how it can affect others.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Children’s mental health
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health inquiries
  • Mental health and relationships

The marathon includes four (4) “Ask the Expert” sessions between 8:30am and 6pm EST on May 5th.

The French Version will be on April 6th between 8:30am and 6pm ET.

Be sure to also check out Lifespeak’s Online Library which offers helpful videos on mental health. Some of these videos include:

Helping a Loved One with Mental Illness

Getting Help for Mental Illness

Loneliness in the 21st century

Addressing Suicide

Assessment and Diagnosis of Depression

What are the Anxiety Disorders?

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Canada Life wants you to put Flourishing on your list of Covid-19 Strategies

There is a very high chance that Flourishing could be something you didn’t think was possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join Canada Life on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and discover how flourishing is part of positive psychology – and how you can do it now and in the post-COVID future.

Learn key strategies that can help you flourish from:

Louisa Jewell, President and Founder, Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Strategy and Collaboration, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Get answers to these questions and more:

  • What’s the difference between getting through the pandemic and flourishing?
  • How to cope with the short fuses that come with pandemic fatigue?
  • How to encourage others to reach out for help?

This is a Microsoft Teams Live event, so be sure to download Teams beforehand.

There’s no registration required – just click on the event link before 1 p.m. on Tuesday May 4. It could be the most inspiring 45 minutes of your day!

For French interpretation, please mute your computer audio and call 1-647-794-1609 (Canada), Conference ID: 851 841 345#.

Morneau Shepell’s New Microsite is Coming Soon!

On May 3rd, 2021, for Mental Health Week and Mental Health Awareness month, Morneau Shepell is launching their new Microsite- Building Your Self-care Toolkit, to bring recognition to this vital aspect of your total wellbeing. The site goes live on Morneau’s Heartbeat Hub.

The Microsite will feature articles, an infographic and a video which will explore:

  • The importance of self-care
  • How to set up a self-care action plan
  • Why sleep is an important part of self-care
  • How meditation can help

Be sure to check out the live link in our Pandemic Wellness Toolkit on May 3rd.