MENTAL HEALTH WORKS
Mental Health Works (MHW) is a national social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the head office at CMHA Ontario Division. The program continues to develop and grow. It is currently operating nationally and available in both official languages.
MHW began in 2001 as a partnership research project. In 2004 MHW began selling products and services to the business community and the response from our client and the media has been well received.
Today the recognition and willingness to address issues related to workplace mental health is greater than ever, however, there is much more to be done. MHW is dedicated to advancing the field of workplace mental health through skills enhancement training, awareness education, and stigma reduction efforts.
MHW provides capacity building workshops on workplace mental health to both employers and employees. Our approach is person centred, evidence based, and solutions focused.
Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Its aim is to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country.
Originally launched by CMHA Ontario Division in partnership with the OHL in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across the province and across Canada. This program has become a valuable platform for CMHA branches, teams and individual players to encourage open discussion about mental health within the hockey community and the broader public.
All participants receive training in safeTALK, an accredited program that teaches individuals to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and how to take action. Coaches, team staff and parents who provide support to the players can also receive safeTALK, as well as ASIST, a training which teaches people how to recognize individuals who are at risk and intervene to prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL
Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is a fun and engaging eight-week course that provides people from all walks of life with effective tools to maximize their ability to manage life’s challenges. The group-oriented course is based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which focuses on understanding how thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together to impact well-being. Each 90-minute session focuses on a different topic, such as understanding unhelpful thoughts, engaging in enjoyable activities, coping with anger and solving daunting problems.
LLTTF has been adapted for many demographics and is available in English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin depending on the version. LLTTF was developed by UK psychiatrist Dr. Chris Williams and CMHA British Columbia holds the exclusive licence to the program in Canada.
Mood Walks is a provincewide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature, or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health. Led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, Mood Walks provides training and support for community mental health agencies, social service organizations and other community partners to launch educational hiking programs, connect with local resources, find volunteers, and explore nearby trails and green spaces.
Walking/hiking is a fun and low-cost activity and research shows that being in nature has significant positive effects on both physical and mental health. Green exercise can alleviate primary symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as secondary symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. Building life skills and developing a sense of self-efficacy are great ways to foster positive mental health. Group activities such as the Mood Walks program can promote social interaction and provide opportunities for peer support.
Resilient Minds™ is an evidence-informed, peer-to-peer, skill-building program designed by and for career and volunteer fire fighters across Canada to develop strategies to mitigate and better manage occupational stress and enhance personal resilience, resulting in informed and healthier teams.
Innovative and evidence-informed – Resilient Minds is a skills and resilience development training course designed by and for fire fighters using the latest literature on resilience, stress and stress-related injuries.
Fire fighters train fire fighters – Using a peer-to-peer model of instruction, the Resilient Minds curriculum is taught by fire fighters to fire fighters.
Volunteer and career fire fighters – Resilient Minds is the only training program designed to train both career and volunteer fire fighters and takes into consideration the differences in experience and resources available to the two groups.
Resilient Minds will increase the ability to:
• Recognize the effects of psychological stress/trauma in self and peers
• Communicate with peers who may be struggling
• Respond promptly, safely and appropriately to distressed citizens
• Apply personal strategies for managing stress, mitigating trauma and boosting resilience
IN THE KNOW
In the Know is a mental health literacy program developed at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) created specifically to educate the agricultural community. With support from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, several CMHA branches in rural and agricultural communities offer this training.
The four-hour mental health literacy workshop is designed to fit with farmers/producers limited availability owing to rigid daily schedules, distilling critical information and incorporating agricultural community culture. The workshop was developed in collaboration with stakeholder groups, including various agricultural sectors, mental health literacy trainers, government and representatives from social work, psychology, epidemiology, and education.
In the Know is meant for farmers, producers and persons with whom they have regular contact. This may include, but is not limited to, family members, peers and allies in the agricultural industry such as veterinarians, breeders, seed or feed salespeople, financial institutions, accountants or community members who have direct contact with farm owners/operators.