May is Mental Health Awareness Month and with that in mind, CHPTA and COPA held a free webinar this past Tuesday for our members via Zoom that dealt with mental health in the workplace.

Mary Anne Oribhabor, a former front-line and resource nurse, and now corporate clinical educator at the William Osler Health System as well as professor at Humber and Sheridan Colleges, was the presenter and discussed the challenges that working from home during the pandemic has had on the mental health of employees as well as approaches that leaders / managers can undertake to best deal with these struggles.  

The importance of identifying mental health problems as well as creating an atmosphere of trust for employees in order that they can comfortably reach out for help was stressed.  The importance of self-care was also reviewed and the many ways that employees can improve their physical and mental well-being on their own in order to achieve that healthy balance between work and family life.  

Some helpful resources were also provided including the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Mind Beacon.

We thank Mary Anne once again for her time and insights that she passed onto our members.