Mental Health in the workplace is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed, and key insights have been uncovered in important studies on psycho-social conditions and mental health in the workplace.

Read more

Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all - one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, depressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration reinforces the fact that there can be key differences between addiction, and plain bad judgement.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration between The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association reinforces the duty of employers to inquire, and consider accommodation solutions, even in cases of misconduct.

Read more

Human rights law plays an increasingly important role in the Canadian workplace, and the scope of the duty of employers to accommodate their employees is not always easy to define.

Read more

Safety doesn’t go up in smoke in latest cannabis legal decision Medical Cannabis and safety sensitive positions continue to be in the spot light for duty to accommodate decisions coming out of our legal systems. A recent decision reinforces that impairment determination is still an unknown and as such the use of medical cannabis can…

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It’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health Week runs from May 6th to May 12th this year! The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) started this week 68 years ago in an effort to spread awareness and education surrounding mental health. CMHA hopes that in promoting the conversation around mental health, that all individuals will come to…

Read more

The Month of May is Speech and Hearing Month! Speech and hearing – it’s one of the main ways human beings communicate with each other! Thanks to the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Association, the month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness for the individuals who have difficulty communicating through speech and hearing due to…

Read more

What is National Day of Mourning? National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways…

Read more

Exposure Therapy – What is it? Exposure therapy is a form of treatment to help those with various mental health concerns, typically revolving around fear, trauma and avoidance. It is frequently used to help treat individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social and generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), as…

Read more

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day – What is it? International Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day is a day of the year dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding individuals who are living with Functional Neurological Disorder. The FND Hope organization created this promotional health day and dedicated April 13th to be FND Awareness…

Read more

World Health Day 2019 – The Fight for Universal Health Coverage This year on April 7th, 2019, we celebrate the 71st annual World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a goal of promoting the need for and achieving universal health care. The campaign aims to educate people…

Read more

What is Stress Management? Stress management is an ongoing process that the body and mind engage in throughout the day. It helps individuals control their level of stress to maintain emotional and physical health. For most instances, the body and mind naturally manage stress. For example, if something startles you and you become physiologically aroused,…

Read more

Save Your Vision Month Every year, March is dedicated to being known as “Save Your Vision” month, in honour of spreading awareness and education about healthy eyes. Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, this month-long campaign aims to motivate every individual to practice good eye care, and get regular eye exams to ensure their eyes…

Read more

Brain Awareness Week: What is it? Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding…

Read more

International Women’s Day is March 8th, 2019! International Women’s Day is occurring on Friday, March 8th, and will be promoted through its theme: #BalanceforBetter! We are trying to balance out the equality between genders for a better world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8th since 1911! This day is not about…

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Employee Appreciation Day Employee Appreciation Day is an international, unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of March every year. This day was created to remind employers and companies to thank their employees for the hard work they do all year round. Ideally, doing this will strengthen the bond between employers and employees. If…

Read more

Pink Shirt Day – What is it? Pink Shirt Day was created in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when a high school student was bullied for being a boy wearing a pink shirt. Two schoolmates, David Shepherd and Travis Price, came up with an idea to protest the act of bullying. The 17-year-old boys bought 50…

Read more

Sick Employees and the Workplace Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. As an employer, it’s important to know policies and procedures for when employees get…

Read more

Why Try Volunteering? There are many different forms of volunteering: working for free, fundraising money, offering your time to assist others, and many more. Often when people think about volunteering, they think about the way volunteering helps the person or organization they are volunteering for. While this is evident, research shows that people who volunteer…

Read more

About Bell Let’s Talk The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in September of 2010, with a goal of starting the conversation about mental health and mental illness in Canada. Bell Canada aims to move mental health awareness in a positive direction through their four pillars. These pillars include: Anti-stigma: a movement to get rid of…

Read more

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is considered a therapeutic technique where an individual focuses on their awareness in the present moment. This includes acknowledging physical sensations, emotions and thoughts without judgment. It is non-striving, with an idea surrounding acceptance and letting go (Gowan, 2016). Mindfulness is often associated with a calm, centered feeling and is comparable…

Read more

What is Relaxation? It seems like a silly question – but the truth is a lot of people don’t realize what relaxing really means. Relaxation is defined as ‘the state of being free from tension and anxiety’ – something that is not always easily achieved. When an individual is able to achieve relaxation, their heart…

Read more

Mental Health and Technology As we turn more to our technology, research is showing that our cell phones, tablets and technology may be leading to an increase in depression and anxiety.  It can also lead to a loss of sleep from the impact of blue light on our sleep chemicals 2-3 hours before bed.  Technology…

Read more

What is the Holiday Slump? We’ve all felt it – you’re full of holiday snacks and treats, you’ve been spoiling yourself and your family, and you’re worn out from the rush of the holiday season. Returning to work after the holiday break can feel like a challenge. After time off and the hustle and bustle…

Read more

What is Substance Abuse? Substance abuse is defined as an overindulgence or dependence on an addictive substance. Typically, substance abuse refers to inappropriate use of alcohol or prescription and non-prescription drugs. Those with a dependence on substances have a lost sense of control of the situation. Often times, the dependence is severe enough that individuals…

Read more

Woman Abuse Prevention Month November is Woman Abuse Prevention month. It was created with the idea that every woman has the right to live a safe life without the threat of violence. Abuse can be an actual physical, emotional, verbal or sexual act, or the threatened intent to commit these acts. Unfortunately, spousal violence is consistently…

Read more

What is World Spine Day? World Spine Day is occurring on October 16th, 2018 this year! This day was created to raise awareness for those who live with back pain and have spinal issues. This is a world-wide event as it is celebrated on every continent through health professionals, patients and general supporters. The theme…

Read more

World Mental Health Day On October 10th, every year, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. This year, it falls on a Wednesday. This day began in 1992 and was started by the World Federation for Mental Health in an effort to promote mental health awareness. Mental health is just as necessary to maintain as physical…

Read more

Mental Illness Awareness Week Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 1st to October 7th, 2018. This national awareness week began in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. It is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health to spread awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness. People frequently think…

Read more

Mental Health in the workplace is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed, and key insights have been uncovered in important studies on psycho-social conditions and mental health in the workplace.

Read more

Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all - one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, depressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration reinforces the fact that there can be key differences between addiction, and plain bad judgement.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration between The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association reinforces the duty of employers to inquire, and consider accommodation solutions, even in cases of misconduct.

Read more

Human rights law plays an increasingly important role in the Canadian workplace, and the scope of the duty of employers to accommodate their employees is not always easy to define.

Read more

Safety doesn’t go up in smoke in latest cannabis legal decision Medical Cannabis and safety sensitive positions continue to be in the spot light for duty to accommodate decisions coming out of our legal systems. A recent decision reinforces that impairment determination is still an unknown and as such the use of medical cannabis can…

Read more

It’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health Week runs from May 6th to May 12th this year! The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) started this week 68 years ago in an effort to spread awareness and education surrounding mental health. CMHA hopes that in promoting the conversation around mental health, that all individuals will come to…

Read more

The Month of May is Speech and Hearing Month! Speech and hearing – it’s one of the main ways human beings communicate with each other! Thanks to the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Association, the month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness for the individuals who have difficulty communicating through speech and hearing due to…

Read more

What is National Day of Mourning? National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways…

Read more

Exposure Therapy – What is it? Exposure therapy is a form of treatment to help those with various mental health concerns, typically revolving around fear, trauma and avoidance. It is frequently used to help treat individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social and generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), as…

Read more

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day – What is it? International Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day is a day of the year dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding individuals who are living with Functional Neurological Disorder. The FND Hope organization created this promotional health day and dedicated April 13th to be FND Awareness…

Read more

World Health Day 2019 – The Fight for Universal Health Coverage This year on April 7th, 2019, we celebrate the 71st annual World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a goal of promoting the need for and achieving universal health care. The campaign aims to educate people…

Read more

What is Stress Management? Stress management is an ongoing process that the body and mind engage in throughout the day. It helps individuals control their level of stress to maintain emotional and physical health. For most instances, the body and mind naturally manage stress. For example, if something startles you and you become physiologically aroused,…

Read more

Save Your Vision Month Every year, March is dedicated to being known as “Save Your Vision” month, in honour of spreading awareness and education about healthy eyes. Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, this month-long campaign aims to motivate every individual to practice good eye care, and get regular eye exams to ensure their eyes…

Read more

Brain Awareness Week: What is it? Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding…

Read more

International Women’s Day is March 8th, 2019! International Women’s Day is occurring on Friday, March 8th, and will be promoted through its theme: #BalanceforBetter! We are trying to balance out the equality between genders for a better world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8th since 1911! This day is not about…

Read more

Employee Appreciation Day Employee Appreciation Day is an international, unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of March every year. This day was created to remind employers and companies to thank their employees for the hard work they do all year round. Ideally, doing this will strengthen the bond between employers and employees. If…

Read more

Pink Shirt Day – What is it? Pink Shirt Day was created in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when a high school student was bullied for being a boy wearing a pink shirt. Two schoolmates, David Shepherd and Travis Price, came up with an idea to protest the act of bullying. The 17-year-old boys bought 50…

Read more

Sick Employees and the Workplace Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. As an employer, it’s important to know policies and procedures for when employees get…

Read more

Why Try Volunteering? There are many different forms of volunteering: working for free, fundraising money, offering your time to assist others, and many more. Often when people think about volunteering, they think about the way volunteering helps the person or organization they are volunteering for. While this is evident, research shows that people who volunteer…

Read more

About Bell Let’s Talk The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in September of 2010, with a goal of starting the conversation about mental health and mental illness in Canada. Bell Canada aims to move mental health awareness in a positive direction through their four pillars. These pillars include: Anti-stigma: a movement to get rid of…

Read more

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is considered a therapeutic technique where an individual focuses on their awareness in the present moment. This includes acknowledging physical sensations, emotions and thoughts without judgment. It is non-striving, with an idea surrounding acceptance and letting go (Gowan, 2016). Mindfulness is often associated with a calm, centered feeling and is comparable…

Read more

What is Relaxation? It seems like a silly question – but the truth is a lot of people don’t realize what relaxing really means. Relaxation is defined as ‘the state of being free from tension and anxiety’ – something that is not always easily achieved. When an individual is able to achieve relaxation, their heart…

Read more

Mental Health and Technology As we turn more to our technology, research is showing that our cell phones, tablets and technology may be leading to an increase in depression and anxiety.  It can also lead to a loss of sleep from the impact of blue light on our sleep chemicals 2-3 hours before bed.  Technology…

Read more

What is the Holiday Slump? We’ve all felt it – you’re full of holiday snacks and treats, you’ve been spoiling yourself and your family, and you’re worn out from the rush of the holiday season. Returning to work after the holiday break can feel like a challenge. After time off and the hustle and bustle…

Read more

What is Substance Abuse? Substance abuse is defined as an overindulgence or dependence on an addictive substance. Typically, substance abuse refers to inappropriate use of alcohol or prescription and non-prescription drugs. Those with a dependence on substances have a lost sense of control of the situation. Often times, the dependence is severe enough that individuals…

Read more

Woman Abuse Prevention Month November is Woman Abuse Prevention month. It was created with the idea that every woman has the right to live a safe life without the threat of violence. Abuse can be an actual physical, emotional, verbal or sexual act, or the threatened intent to commit these acts. Unfortunately, spousal violence is consistently…

Read more

What is World Spine Day? World Spine Day is occurring on October 16th, 2018 this year! This day was created to raise awareness for those who live with back pain and have spinal issues. This is a world-wide event as it is celebrated on every continent through health professionals, patients and general supporters. The theme…

Read more

World Mental Health Day On October 10th, every year, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. This year, it falls on a Wednesday. This day began in 1992 and was started by the World Federation for Mental Health in an effort to promote mental health awareness. Mental health is just as necessary to maintain as physical…

Read more

Mental Illness Awareness Week Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 1st to October 7th, 2018. This national awareness week began in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. It is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health to spread awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness. People frequently think…

Read more