Mental Health First Aid Course & Workplace Solutions

"Debra is the strength of this course. She is passionate, strengths based & positive. I loved it."

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

"Debra is the strength of this course. She is highly motivated, passionate, strengths based & an expert in mental health. I loved it." 


Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This is a certified program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, as well as Post-Secondary institutions.  The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, improves workplace health and well-being, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.


WORKSHOPS &  WORKPLACE ASSESSMENTS


We offer mental wellness workshops, and workplace assessments directed at creating effective solutions and strategies to improve psychological safety in the workplace. We want to help all members of the team feel healthy, supported, effective and empowered, which will help to improve productivity by reducing absenteeism and presenteeism.


"This company is amazing. Debra was the lead on our project, and her sensitivity and awareness of workplace mental health issues helped us a great deal. We have tools and knowledge to help our colleagues. Thank you!"


Meet a few of our clients/speaking & teaching engagements:


Amazon, St. Lawrence College, Queen's University, Parents for Children's Mental Health, A.D.H.D. Support Group Kingston Chapter, Public Health, Pathways to Independence, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, United Way, School Boards, and so many more!


 Members of our team are active practicing mental health specialists.  We are skilled at bringing mental health information to life through sharing of knowledge, expertise, experience and contact-based education.  We offer 1-4 hour workshops and seminars aimed at increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health, increasing resilience and coping skills, and understanding of mental health and illness. For instance we offer workshops on topics such as:

 

1.  What is Mental Health and how does Mental Health affect you and your team?

2. Trauma and Adversity First Aid - How do you support those following trauma or a tough situation? What role do ACES play?

3.  Compassion Fatigue & Burnout - Steps you can take to support and protect you and your team

4.  Workplace Bullying & Harassment First Aid - Steps you can take to support and protect you and your team.

5. Supporting youth and young adults  in times of need and crisis - words to use, resources to know

6. Feeling Good - Know how what you do, who you know, and the food you eat affect your mental health.

Mental health problems and illnesses affect more people in Canada than some of the major physical disorders. 

  • "Upwards of 56 million people in Canada and US - and six million in Canada specifically - suffer mental health problems at any hour on any clock in any time zone". Bill Wilkerson, Global Business & Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.  
  • 20% of Canadian workers experience a stress related illness per year, leading to 19% of absenteeism cost, and 40% of turnover cost.
  • 70% of adults living with a mental health problem or illness say their symptoms started in childhood.
  • 60% of people with a mental health problem or illness won’t seek help for fear of being labeled.
  • 500,000 Canadians, in any given week, are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses.
  • One in three workplace disability claims are related to mental health problems or illnesses, with depression as the leading cause of disability by 2020.
  • In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term).