Protect the Psychological Health of Your Talent

Psychologically healthy and safe workplaces ensure the resilience of the organization and their most valuable resource – their people. Ultimately, resilient organizations are comprised of resilient individuals.

Protect the Psychological Health of Your Talent

Psychologically healthy and safe workplaces ensure the resilience of the organization and their most valuable resource – their people

Enhance the psychological health of your employees – reap the benefits of enhanced engagement and productivity

The research data is clear: investing in employee psychological health is win-win. Workers are happier and healthier – physically and emotionally – and more engaged and productive. There are direct positive impacts on retention and recruitment rates, as well as client and customer ratings – ultimately positively impacting an organization’s bottom line.

Enhancement of resilience skills protects against the development and exacerbation of psychological health symptoms and can mitigate and prevent the impacts of depression, anxiety and burnout – which is now recognized as being an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization.

Customized Employee Resources

Customized
Employee Resources

Most organizations don’t have internal Psychological Health & Safety Advisors – so why not lean on trusted experts to help create or enhance the supports you provide to your employees. This is a cost-effective way to increase mental health literacy throughout your organization.

We recognize that, for most organizations, workplace mental health is an ‘off-the-side-of-your-desk’ function. The vast majority of work environments have limited dedicated supports – and that’s where MyWorkplaceHealth can help. We can create customized all-employee newsletters for your team, including useful resources (blogs, videos, community mental health referrals) that can help employees enhance their psychological health, wellness and resilience. You can rest easy knowing our mental health experts and specialists will provide you with evidence-based resources and approaches.

Corporate Wellness and Resilience Coaching

Corporate Wellness
& Resilience Coaching

Coaching isn’t just for leaders or managers: your employees can benefit too. Enhancement of personal and workplace resilience is win-win: employees feel more equipped to deal with the multiple personal and workplace demands of modern-life (serving as a protective and preventive role against psychological health symptoms) and workplaces reap the benefits of engaged, focused, and productive employees.

Lunch & Learns

Lunch & Learns

We all have a state of psychological health, every single day – the same way we all have a state of physical health. As such, all employees can benefit from enhancement of psychological health and resilience.

MyWorkplaceHealth offers Lunch & Learns – delivered on-site as well as virtually, via webinar – on a breadth of psychological health and wellness topics.

Our topics include:

NEW OFFERINGS: Enhancing Psychological Health & Safety in the Era of COVID-19

The global pandemic has underscored the critical importance of enhancing our psychological health, wellness and resilience – as individuals, and as organizations. Statistics don’t lie – in 2017, the World Health Organization identified mental health issues as being the leading cause of global disability. Over the past 8 months, we have witnessed increased rates of alcohol use, rates of depression have doubled, and rates of anxiety have quadrupled. Now, more than ever, we have a critical imperative to take action. In this session, you will learn evidence-based, actionable steps that can be taken to enhance the psychological health and safety of work environments; equip our people leaders with the skills, strategies and approaches to effectively support the workforce; and steps to enhance your own personal wellness and resilience.

Workplaces are now, more than ever, becoming increasingly aware of the critical importance of creating psychologically healthy and safe (PH&S) work environments which foster a diverse and inclusive culture for all. In this session, attendees will develop an understanding of what diversity and inclusion entails and understand the individual and organizational barriers (including unconscious bias) which may arise. Attendees will learn action-based steps that they can take to enhance diversity and inclusion, as well as the overall psychological health and safety of their work environments and teams.

Our world is faced with an unprecedented pandemic. Most of us understand the preventative benefits of physical distancing, handwashing and hygiene to fend off illness. However, how many of us are aware of how to enhance our emotional resilience to fend off the negative impacts of stress? The science tells us that intentionally working to enhance our emotional and psychological resilience enhances our immune function, and helps us bounce-back from life’s inevitable stressors and demands in a more effective way. In this session, attendees will gain useful evidence-based skills and strategies for enhancing their overall psychological health, wellness and resilience – at home, and at work – in the modern-day context of COVID-19.
Effective communication is the preventative antidote to many challenges in life – at work and in our personal lives. Effective communication can prevent small issues from escalating, can help clarify misalignments when they arise, and can lead to enhancement and strengthening of relationships. However, when we work remotely, as is now required by the new normal of COVID-19, many of the areas that we used to rely upon are lost, forcing us to adapt our communication techniques. In this session designed for employees, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for enhancing their verbal and non-verbal communication styles and approaches to enhance and strengthen remote workplace communication.
As the number of cases of reported coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the number of countries with confirmed cases increases – so does our collective anxiety and worry. It’s normal to feel anxious when faced with a public health emergency, particularly one that is on the news daily and one that is associated with so many unknowns. A little bit of anxiety is not a bad thing. as it makes us conscious about the decisions we are making when it comes to our health, and motivates us to be prepared. But when anxiety is disproportionate to the risk or begins to affect our ability to function at home and at work, it becomes problematic. In this session, attendees will learn about the anxiety response and symptoms, how to distinguish between healthy worry and ineffective anxiety, and be provided with evidence-based strategies that can help reduce overall anxiety and worry.
We are all familiar with the benefits of activity and exercise on our physical health, but many are not aware of the tremendous benefits on our mental health. Particularly during times of elevated stress, physical activity can greatly improve our psychological well-being and ability to cope – however, the physical distancing and quarantine requirements of COVID-19 poses challenges to how we can easily incorporate exercise in our day-to-day routine. In this session delivered by a certified fitness professional, attendees will learn about the positive effects of physical activity on both their physical and psychological health, as well as creative ways they can be physically active while staying at home. 

Human beings are fundamentally social creatures, and our social relationships are one of the most important factors that contribute to living not only a psychologically healthy life, but a physically long life. Our social relationships can help us not only survive, but thrive in the face of adversity. As such, it is critically imperative that all of us place dedicated focus and attention on ways to enhance our social connections, in light of the physical distancing and isolation requirements of COVID-19. In this session, attendees will learn about the importance of staying socially connected through COVID-19, and learn creative ways to increase and maintain healthy, meaningful and connected social interactions while in isolation. 

In the technologically advanced world we are living in, almost all of us have smartphones and multiple other devices – and the remote work requirement of COVID-19 is mandating us to be even more connected than ever with all of our devices. Although they provide us with many opportunities, they can also be a significant distraction.Here we will discuss the impacts of smartphones and social media and the positive impacts of taking time to disconnect. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for disconnecting from social media – to ultimately enhance productivity and connection with others, both in their home-life and work-life.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having myriad impacts on our psyche and overall sense of well-being – and for many is leading to a pervasive sense of an existential crisis. The global scale of the pandemic we are facing can make it extremely difficult to manage our own anxieties, and can raise many philosophical and broader questions about meaning and purpose. In this session, attendees will learn ways to cultivate a values-connected life – and place focus on those domains of life which are within their control as a way of enhancing overall psychological health, wellness and resilience.

A healthy and positive workplace culture is one of the cornerstones for most businesses. But that workplace culture can change drastically when people are no longer able to come into work or see each other face-to-face. Engagement, morale, and productivity can all be impacted when our traditional work environment transitions to a remote team. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills, strategies and approaches to cultivate a positive and engaged workplace culture for remote work.

We have all heard about the idea of work-life balance. Typically we think of a scale, and imagine putting more weight on the ‘personal’ side to balance the scale. But the reality of our modern-day work lives and structure – and now the impacts of COVID-19 on remote work being the ‘new normal’ – is, for many, making this construct of balance an impossibility. Instead, we should be thinking about how to create harmony between our work and personal lives – where the two are integrated. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for cultivating increased harmony, or integration, between their work and personal lives, with the aim of enhancing overall psychological well-being.
Humans are creatures of habit, and we intrinsically resist change. Not only is a change to a remote work environment challenging to organizations, but this transition can often be difficult and anxiety-provoking for employees. The unfamiliarity and lack of predictability, as well as the logistical and practical challenges of working from home (and, along with partners and children) can be at minimum stress-inducing, and for many can trigger significant anxiety. These new transitions can add elevated stress and pressure to employees, accentuating the anxiety they may already be feeling as a result of COVID-19. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for managing anxiety related to transition to a new work remote work environment, and will learn how to cultivate increased harmony (or integration) between their work and personal lives, with the aim of enhancing overall psychological well-being and reducing worry and anxiety.

Juggling work demands and parenting responsibilities can be demanding and challenging in the best of times. COVID-19 and all the changes it has brought to structure and routine, for parents and children alike, has only accentuated these challenges, and amplified the likelihood that kids may manifest behavioural or emotional issues. In this session, attendees will learn about the impacts of the coronavirus on children’s mental health, will learn how to identify signs and symptoms that their child is struggling, and gain effective skills and strategies that can help to enhance their parenting approaches so that kids and parents alike can stay psychologically calm and resilient during the pandemic.

As Canada begins to slowly open up and lessen the restrictions on physical distancing, many people will be expected to go back to work and regular routine, requiring them to leave the comfort and safety of their house. Having to go back to work during these times can leave many with understandable and increased feelings of stress and anxiety. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and knowledge for dealing with stress and anxiety about going back to work, and will gain knowledge about how to effectively communicate and manage their concerns – both personally and in the workplace.

COVID-19 is a major concern for many, with continuing care and frontline workers being among those most impacted. Not only do they have to worry about their own health, but they also have to worry about the health of the vulnerable populations that they are serving and in contact with. In this session, attendees will learn about the various ways in which stress and anxiety can manifest, including burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and moral distress. Attendees will gain useful skills that can help them manage their stress and increase their ability to communicate and function during this most unusual time for the healthcare system and our society.

PH&S/CSA Standard: 13 Work Environment Factors

Workplaces are now, more than ever, becoming increasingly aware of the critical importance of creating psychologically healthy and safe (PH&S) work environments. Committing to continual improvement in the way we as individuals interact with our coworkers, clients and the public is an important element in achieving this. In this session, attendees will learn evidence-based, actionable steps that can be taken to enhance the psychological health and safety of work environments; what psychologically safe and respectful interactions look like; understand individual barriers that may exist; develop strategies to reduce and effectively handle conflict and inappropriate behaviour; and ensure individuals from all backgrounds are included and treated fairly.

A work environment where employees are included in discussions about how their work is done, and how important decisions are made, provides increased opportunities for engagement, an overall better understanding of the organization’s visions and goals, and how workers’ contributions are impacting the organization. In this session, attendees will gain practical steps an individual and workplace can take to support the daily involvement and influence of all team members in a manner that is suitable to each employees’ preference; how one can provide input in a manner that is constructive; how discussions can be facilitated in a psychologically safe manner; and, how to communicate potential changes in a way that does not raise expectations or create fe

Having too much to do, and not enough time to do it has been described by many workers as one of the biggest risks to psychological health and safety. Setting reasonable expectations where assigned tasks and responsibilities can be accomplished successfully within the time available – as well as providing the required resources (time, equipment and support) for workers to perform the tasks well – can positively combat stress and burnout. In this session, attendees will learn the difference between emotional, cognitive or physical pressures related to workload stress; how to effectively communicate about stresses related to workload demands; and skills, strategies and approaches to effectively manage and prioritize time and tasks.

An engaged worker is one who has an emotional connection to their workplace, feels motivated to do their job well, is interested in the success of the organization and is willing to go the extra mile. However, engagement can quickly diminish if an organization is only focused on the bottom line. When our work environment is guided by a relationship-centered approach, it will heed many positive results including higher morale, enhanced performance and productivity, enhanced recruitment, increased retention and improved customer client relations. In this session, attendees will learn the difference between physical, emotional and cognitive engagement; how to address challenges or barriers that may exist; and actionable steps both the individual and workplace can take to cultivate team members’ fullest potential.

Relationships

We are fundamentally social creatures, and our social relationships are critical to our overall happiness and well-being – and our productivity at work. However, we aren’t always taught how to effectively navigate the challenges in our relationships. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for enhancing their relationships – in both their personal and work lives.

Interpersonal conflict – at work, and at home – is a natural part of life. Many of us are conflict-averse, often because we have never been taught how to effectively manage conflict. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for effectively managing interpersonal conflict in an effective and respectful manner.

Effective communication is the preventative antidote to many challenges in life – at work and in our personal lives. Effective communication can prevent small issues from escalating, can help clarify misalignments when they arise, and can lead to enhancement and strengthening of relationships. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for enhancing their verbal and non-verbal communication styles and approaches.

Modern-day demands are increasingly stretching our time – and the demands on working parents in particular are high. This – combined with the rapid expansion of technology and social media, as well as increasing concern about climate-related changes – raises new and complex issues for parents. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for effective parenting, with a focus on navigating complex issues related to the modern day world our children are being raised in.

General Mental Health

Mental health conditions are common and impact approximately 1 out of 5 Canadians every single year, with the most common conditions being anxiety, depression and substance misuse. Although mental illnesses are serious, it’s important to keep in mind that effective, evidence-based treatments exist – and that early awareness is the best antidote. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the most common mental health conditions and treatments, and gain familiarity with the signs and symptoms that may indicate seeking support would be helpful.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most strongly empirically supported treatment approach for anxiety and depression – the most common psychological health conditions. CBT is based on the well-supported principles that how we think, feel and act influence one another; therefore by changing how we think or act, we can change how we feel. In this session, attendees will learn about the basic principles of CBT, and gain useful skills and strategies for making changes to thoughts and behaviours in a way to improve overall psychological health and wellness.

All of us are familiar with and experience various levels of stress, and have our own techniques to manage it. But did you know that there are actually some positive aspects of stress? In this session, attendees will learn about where the stress response originates from and how it manifests; the functions of stress; the most common stress responses; and, learn how to effectively mobilize stress to their benefit, to ultimately enhance overall functioning.

Values reflect the things in life that are most important to us: they are about our heart’s deepest desires for how we want to be and the life we want to live. When we live a values-aligned life, we experience a host of other benefits including contentment, satisfaction, happiness and inner strength. Conversely, acting out of line with our values can lead to a lack of energy, feeling purposeless, depression, frustration and anger. In this session, attendees will understand the importance of living a values-aligned life, and will gain useful skills and strategies for identifying their core values and establishing values-aligned goals.

The most common self-medication for stress, anxiety and depression is alcohol – and to a lesser degree other non-prescription substances. The reason is that alcohol and drugs work – in the short-term. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for increasing self-awareness to their patterns of alcohol and non-prescription substance use, and learn effective ways to approach behavioural change.

Many of us know that having a consistently good diet and participating in a regular exercise routine is good for our health, but just as many of us have a difficult time making a commitment to the behaviour change. Often we struggle with setting effective goals that are going to help us make long-term sustainable changes in our lives. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for making effective behavioural changes around diet and exercise using SMART goals – setting attendees up for success.

Pop culture might have led you to believe that mindfulness is about sitting still, closing your eyes, and trying to clear all thoughts from your mind. Although this can certainly be one way we can approach mindfulness, mindfulness at its core is about increasing our attention to the here and now – and focusing intently on the present moment. In fact, mindfulness is a practice that can be applied in your day-to-day life and does not require you to set aside any special dedicated time. In this session, attendees will understand what mindfulness is, and gain useful skills and strategies for implementing active mindfulness into their day-to-day work and personal lives.

Sleep is a critical physiological function, during which our bodies and brains rejuvenate. Science also shows that sleep is essential to our overall physical and emotional well-being. However, one-third of working Canadians struggle with chronic sleep difficulties. In this session, attendees will understand the sleep cycle, gain an awareness of why sleep is so important for our health, and gain useful skills and strategies for enhancing sleep quality by engaging in healthy sleep hygiene practices.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2019, officially recognized “burnout” as an occupational phenomenon which results from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. In this session, you will be introduced to the concept of burnout, understand signs and symptoms, and develop an understanding of how to enhance your overall sense of psychological health, wellness, and resilience to prevent and mitigate the impacts of workplace burnout.

In times of stress, we often neglect our own needs and may find ourselves being our harshest critic. And yet, science will tell us that self-compassion is an important inner resource for getting through difficult times. Thankfully, self-compassion is a skill we can practice and improve upon over time. In this session, attendees will learn the benefits of cultivating self-compassion, will understand the three core elements of self-compassion, and will gain useful skills and strategies for effectively integrating self-compassion into their daily lives.

Workplace

Most of us understand the preventative benefits of eating healthy and getting regular exercise to fend off illness and injury. However, how many of us are aware of how to enhance our emotional resilience to fend off the negative impacts of stress? The science tells us that intentionally working to enhance our emotional and psychological resilience helps us bounce-back from life’s inevitable stressors and demands in a more effective way. In this session, attendees will gain useful evidence-based skills and strategies for enhancing their overall psychological health, wellness and resilience – at home, and at work.

We have all heard about the idea of work-life balance. Typically we think of a scale, and imagine putting more weight on the ‘personal’ side to balance the scale. But the reality of our modern-day work lives and structure, combined with life demands and factors such as the increasing cost of living makes balance often impossible. Instead, we should be thinking about how to create harmony between our work and personal lives – where the two are integrated. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for cultivating increased harmony, or integration, between their work and personal lives, with the aim of enhancing overall psychological well-being.

As humans we communicate with so much more than just our words. Nonverbal cues can indicate how we are feeling even if we don’t communicate it through the specific words we use. Emotional intelligence (EI) involves the ability to understand and label these emotions in oneself as well as in others, and use this knowledge to guide our thinking and behaviour. In this session, attendees will understand the critical importance of emotional intelligence, and gain useful skills and strategies for cultivating enhanced self- and other-awareness.

In the technologically advanced world we are living in, almost all of us have smartphones and multiple other devices. Although they provide us with many opportunities, they can also be a significant distraction. Here we will discuss the impacts of smartphones and social media and the positive impacts of taking time to disconnect. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for disconnecting from social media – to ultimately enhance productivity and connection with others, both at home and at work.

Finance

Most of us were never formally taught how to talk or think about money, nor taught how to approach financial budgeting and effective financial goal setting. Goal setting is less about understanding the numbers – and more about understanding the emotional and psychological barriers that get in the way. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for approaching financial goal setting in an effective way – setting realistic and attainable goals, and trouble-shooting the emotional barriers that can impede success.

For many Canadians, money worries pose more stress than work, personal health, or relationships. Almost half (48%) of Canadians say they’ve lost sleep because of financial stress, and 44% say it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay is late. We are living in a fast paced world, managing stressful jobs to be able to pay for all of our expenses and live the lives we want to live. This type of sustained stress can have negative impacts on our mood, impacting our work and home lives. However, money is a taboo topic that many of us don’t know how to talk about, even with our partners and families. In this session, attendees will understand their emotions around money, and gain useful skills and strategies for effectively communicating about money.

Fitness

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Contact MyWorkplaceHealth for more information on our health and fitness sessions, which are delivered by a certified fitness trainer.

Health

Dealing with stress has become a normal and accepted part of our modern day lifestyles. Whether it’s stress in the workplace, or at home, financial stress, or other stressors, learning how to recognize and manage these stressors is critical for a balanced life and optimal health. In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the impacts of stress on the physical body and its relation to chronic disease and learn effective ways to manage stress using natural approaches.

Our immune system plays a critical role in defending our bodies against infections. This role has become significantly more important as we are learning how to protect ourselves during this Coronavirus pandemic. Preventative measures such as handwashing and socially distancing are key. In addition to this there are many more natural therapies and approaches that can support immunity. In this session, attendees will learn about dietary tips, key lifestyle habits and nutritional supplements to strengthen immune function.

Fatigue is very common symptom experienced by many of us and can significantly impact productivity in the workplace. We often struggle to get out of bed in the morning or experience the dreaded afternoon slump that slows our mental capacity and our ability to get things done. In this session, attendees will gain an overview of the various causes of fatigue and learn effective ways to enhance their energy levels throughout the day.

Covid-19 has significantly impacted the way we live our lives, including our dietary choices as we work from home. As a consequence of having greater accessibility to our kitchens, eating more carbohydrates and junk food has contributed to weight gain. Good nutrition is crucial for good health and healthy eating habits can be achieved while we are working from home. In this session, attendees will gain useful strategies and tips on how to make healthy eating easier at home, along with ideas for nutritious meals and snacks.

It is important to have a healthy digestive system in order to optimize our overall health and wellness. A robust digestive system allows us to properly absorb our nutrients, enhances energy levels and supports our immune function, while poor gut health contributes to greater inflammation in the body. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the digestive system, useful tips for optimizing digestion and learning which foods promote good gut health.

“Brain fog” is a term that is used commonly these days that implies poor focus and concentration. Supporting our brain’s health is important to help us think clearly and live our lives more effectively. There are many factors that contribute to how well our brain functions. In this session, attendees will learn about key factors affecting brain health, essential foods and nutrients to support cognition and simple exercises to keep your brain sharp!

Anxiety is a part of life and many of us struggle with it from time to time. Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic has started, the prevalence of anxiety is only increasing. Fortunately, there are many natural treatments and strategies available to help us relax and help calm our nervous systems. In this session, attendees will learn about dietary and lifestyle tips to manage anxiety and learn about specific nutrients and botanicals that can help reduce anxiety.

Weight loss can be a challenge for many people! We are all aware that healthy eating and regular exercise are important factors in healthy weight management . However, making other specific changes to your diet and lifestyle can also help to kickstart your metabolism and help you achieve your weight loss goals. In this session, attendees will learn nutritional tips to enhance metabolism and discuss useful strategies for supporting weight loss naturally.

Life is tough as it is, however women have the additional challenge of maintaining productive lives as our hormones cycle each month. Often women struggle with irregular periods, fatigue, weight gain, acne, headaches, mood swings and more. In this session, attendees will learn the causes and symptoms of hormonal imbalances and effective strategies to balance hormones naturally.

Mental Health Literacy is “knowledge that benefits the mental health of a person or others including: knowledge of how to prevent a mental disorder; recognition of disorders when developing; knowledge of effective self-help strategies for mild-to-moderate problems; and first aid skills to help others.”

– Jorm, 2012

What People Are Saying

Dr. Samra was informative and interactive during our staff education conference regarding resiliency. Everyone enjoyed Dr. Samra’s presentation, we’d love to have her back! Thank you Dr. Samra.

Anita Bhardwaj, Community Nurse Manager at Coast Mental Health

Dr. Samra was a presenter at our workshop on work stress for workplace health champions. Dr. Samra was a skilled and engaging speaker, drawing from her research and clinical experience to present a convincing argument. The audience found the information relevant and thought-provoking. Her actions speak volumes about her dedication to ensuring everyone has a safe and healthy place in which to work. 

Clare Mak, Public Health Nurse, Adult Health Team, KFL&A Public Health

Dr. Joti Samra delivered a webinar series with CERIC and BCCDA on The Critical Importance of Self-Care & Burnout Prevention for Helping Professionals. The webinar series was extremely well received by our participants. Dr Joti Samra is a very engaging and professional presenter.

Cyrielle Filias, E-Learning and development specialist at CERIC

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