Mental health matters
Our mental/psychological health plays a significant role in our ability to enjoy a happy and productive life. Mental
health is about how we think, feel and behave, so staying mentally healthy and well should be top priority. Mental
health covers a wide range of feelings, behaviours, abilities and conditions. One in five Canadians will deal with
a mental health condition at some time in their life. Even though most mental health issues are treatable, only about
one third of people seek help.
Building mental health/mental well being
2 for 1! The things we can do to keep our bodies in shape and boost our mental health as well:
eat a healthy, balanced diet
exercise regularly – go for a walk, play with your kids, take the stairs… get active!
get a good night's rest; make sure you make time for sleep
use healthy coping habits to manage stress
know what triggers stress for you and add helpful coping tools to your routine
the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
can make a big difference in your life
find out about eating well at
Canada's Food Guide
learn why sleep is important
As a City employee, you can take part in Wellness Opportunities at Work (WOW) wellness and fitness programs
What about stress?
Stress is your body's physical, mental and emotional response to change. It is a normal reaction to the demands of
life! But being under too much stress can seriously affect your physical and mental well-being.
What's your stress level right now?
Take the Canadian Mental Health Association’s stress test
to find out and check out the page to learn more about stress and healthy ways to cope with it on your way to better mental health.
Resources for all employees
are available to help give you a better understanding of mental health and how to get help for yourself or someone else.
Employee and Family Assistance (EFAP) services
are available free of charge to City employees and their eligible family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Homewood
health toll-free 1-800-663-1142 or visit www.humansolutions.ca. A variety of
services are available related to resiliency, stress and managing change and there is also confidential counselling available for
specific or more personal or complex issues.
The Employee benefits plan covers counseling
sessions with a psychologist/master of social work (extended health level 2 only): maximum of $750/year/dependant (usual and customary
fees apply -$140/session for master of social work). To make a claim or confirm what expenses are eligible, you can contact Green
Shield Canada www.greenshield.ca or call 1-888-711-1119.