The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) Promotes Mental Health Awareness.
Every year the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHC) promotes Mental Health Week across Canada the first week of May. CMHC introduced Mental Health Week in 1951, highlighting mental health and addiction awareness through educational activities and events across the country.
This week we are reminded that mental health is the key to well-being. Mental health is about coping with the stressors in our lives. It involves how we feel, think and act. In Canada in any year one in five Canadians will experience a mental problem or illness, and only one-third of individuals experiencing symptoms will seek help.
There are many reasons why people do not seek help – they may feel shame, lack of self-awareness, or lack the resources to access help.
At TGHC, thanks to The Slaight Family Foundation, we are introducing Mental Health Services in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) to our patients and their families.
In addition, in the workplace we are hoping to reduce the stigma of mental illness and promote positive mental health and well-being.
During this week we would like to take the time to remind our employees to slow down and reflect on how to live a more balanced life.
Human Resources (HR) provides employees with a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This service includes psychological, legal and financial counseling. HR has also introduced a Wellness Program sharing information for employees on maintaining health and wellness.
TGHC is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. This includes a culture free of discrimination.
For employees interested CMHA offers many programs and services to help Ontarian’s to achieve positive mental health. Find out more by connecting with www.toronto.cmha.ca