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Keeping Our Customers Fit and Healthy, Away From Home

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Orga­ni­za­tional Well­ness Team!

Dur­ing a two-day event in Feb­ru­ary, our Home­wood Health Orga­ni­za­tional Well­ness team launched a large employer’s cus­tomized health and well­ness pro­gram. The project was specif­i­cally designed for the employ­ees reach their health and well­ness goals.

The Orga­ni­za­tional Well­ness team engaged with employ­ees look­ing to address a vari­ety of health and well­ness issues rang­ing from nutri­tion and fit­ness, to coun­selling and coach­ing. The pro­gram was sup­ported through our long-standing EFAP, as well as the inte­gra­tion of Per­sonal Train­ing and Health Coaching

Employ­ees enthu­si­as­ti­cally embraced the pro­gram and were sur­prised by the num­ber of spe­cial­ity pro­grams avail­able. Shift­work, smok­ing ces­sa­tion and nutri­tional coun­selling were among the hot top­ics dri­ving employ– ees to make health­ier choices.

We received com­ments such as:

“This is so cool, when can I start!?”

“The [pro­gram] makes my ben­e­fits approach­able and easy to understand”

This remark­able event reflects our team’s com­mit­ment to ‘accel­er­at­ing our rev­enue growth’ by expand­ing the scope of ser­vices we offer clients and tai­lor­ing pro­grams to meet their spe­cific needs.

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How can we help?

The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

It’s Healthy Workplace Month!

Octo­ber is Canada’s Healthy Work­place Month.

Take action now to raise aware­ness about men­tal health in the work­place. Together, we can all help to elim­i­nate the stigma asso­ci­ated with men­tal ill­ness. We can work to cre­ate a safer, more sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment to pre­vent psy­cho­log­i­cal harm and to enable the return to work of those who are recov­er­ing from an ill­ness. (Source: Canada’s healthy work­place month)

This month we are going to be keep­ing you informed of issues affect­ing men­tal health, ways to stay men­tally healthy, and var­i­ous other top­ics with link­age to men­tal health in the workplace.

Stay tuned! And con­sider sign­ing up for our reg­u­lar update emails. Use the sub­scribe func­tion on Healthy Workplaces.

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How can we help?

The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 6 — 12

Source: Cana­dian Asso­ci­a­tion for Men­tal Ill­ness Aware­ness Week (MIAW), tak­ing place this year from Octo­ber 6th- 12th, endeav­ours to raise aware­ness and decrease stigma­ti­za­tion through the shar­ing of hun­dreds of per­sonal sto­ries from inspir­ing Cana­di­ans liv­ing with men­tal illness.

The MIAW cam­paign has fought to increase aware­ness and decrease stigma­ti­za­tion through the shar­ing of hun­dreds of per­sonal sto­ries from indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness. Our pur­pose is to place men­tal ill­ness on the national stage by edu­cat­ing Cana­di­ans and health­care prac­ti­tion­ers on the impor­tance of early recog­ni­tion, proper diag­no­sis, and effec­tive med­ical treat­ment and show that by doing so, indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness are capa­ble of lead­ing reward­ing and pro­duc­tive lives.

Dis­sem­i­nate cam­paign mate­r­ial. Click here.

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How can we help?

The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!


Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

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NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

Psychological Health in the Workplace Conference March 17–20 Banff, AB

Announc­ing “Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health in the Work­place” 45th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Behav­ioural ScienceScience.

From the con­fer­ence description:

…our soci­ety has devoted rel­a­tively lit­tle atten­tion to men­tal health in the workplace…recent con­sid­er­able advances in the behav­ioural and social sci­ences must be brought to bear upon these challenges…complemented by a rapidly devel­op­ing arma­men­tar­ium of effec­tive, evidence-based pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and eval­u­a­tion procedures.

Tak­ing place Marc 17–20, 2013 in astound­ingly beau­ti­ful Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Reg­is­ter online at: www.banffcentre.ca/conferences/2013/BVS1303/

 

 

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NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

The Buzz Jan 21: Newly released Psychological Health and Safety Standard

What is being said about the newly released Stan­dard? We’re bring­ing you the lat­est buzz here and will keep on top of this for the fore­see­able future as the impact of this valu­able stan­dard is felt through its actual implementation.

New Cana­dian stan­dard aims to break down stigma on men­tal ill­ness (Mari-Len De Buz­man for Occu­pa­tional Safety: The Safety Standard)

Louise Bradley, pres­i­dent and CEO, MHCC comments:

The newly launched national stan­dard for psy­cho­log­i­cal health and safety in the work­place will help elim­i­nate the stigma on men­tal ill­ness and empower work­ers with men­tal health prob­lems to speak up about their condition.

http://www.cos-mag.com/health-page/health-page-stories/new-canadian-standard-aims-to-break-down-stigma-on-mental-illness.html

New men­tal heath stan­dard helps employ­ers become cat­a­lysts for change

Edi­to­r­ial from Mau­reen Shaw for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO of the Indus­trial Acci­dent Pre­ven­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (now amal­ga­mated into the Work­place Safety and Pre­ven­tion Services):

I am excited. This stan­dard is a first in the world. Canada is now the model for other coun­tries to emu­late. Many coun­tries around the world are look­ing to Canada, because the need is uni­ver­sal. We have talked about this for years as the third prong of a multi-pronged approach to safe and healthy workplaces.

http://www.cos-mag.com/health-page/health-page-columns/new-mental-health-standard-helps-employers-become-catalysts-for-change.html

Final National Stan­dard for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health and Safety in the Work­place released

Source: Aspi­ra­tion of Cor­po­rate Counsel

Home­wood Human Solu­tions com­ments: An excel­lent and thor­ough review of the (then pro­posed) Stan­dard. Quot­ing the article:

As we have pre­vi­ously writ­ten, the Stan­dard presents chal­lenges for imple­men­ta­tion given its com­plex­ity; how­ever, it also presents an oppor­tu­nity for employ­ers to develop poli­cies and pro­ce­dures beyond exist­ing OHS and human rights require­ments. This could assist employ­ers in avoid­ing or min­i­miz­ing civil, human rights, OHS and work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion claims, and griev­ances aris­ing from psy­cho­log­i­cal injuries or stress suf­fered in the workplace.

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=ac34bc44-013c-474a-8fe2-c1c965d7ebfe

Opin­ion: Let’s make psy­cho­log­i­cal health a real­ity in the workplace

It offers a great oppor­tu­nity for Canada to step onto a stage that rec­og­nizes the inher­ent value, equal­ity and inter­con­nec­tiv­ity of men­tal and phys­i­cal health. We fore­see a day when work­ing Cana­di­ans look to their employer and labour lead­er­ship to ensure their safety and pro­mote both their phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being. This Stan­dard will give work­places the means to meet that expectation.

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Opinion+make+psychological+health+reality+workplace/7846966/story.html#ixzz2IeaMLJn8
 

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

Top News: DSM-5 finalized and approved for release

Source: Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion Decem­ber 1 News Release

On Decem­ber 1, the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion Board of Trustees approved the final diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria for the fifth edi­tion of the Diag­nos­tic and Sta­tis­ti­cal Man­ual of Men­tal Dis­or­ders (DSM-5). The sched­uled release is May 2013.

The manual’s revi­sion process spanned over a decade and included con­tri­bu­tions from more than 1500 experts in 39 coun­tries (psy­chi­a­try, psy­chol­ogy, social work, psy­chi­atric nurs­ing, pedi­atrics, neu­rol­ogy, and related fields).

The man­ual will report­edly include approx­i­mately the same num­ber of dis­or­ders that were included in DSM-IV and will be com­prised of three sections:

I: An intro­duc­tion to the DSM-5

II: An out­line of cat­e­gor­i­cal diagnoses

III: Con­di­tions that require fur­ther research.

Key Deci­sions made by the APA Board of Trustees:

Over­all Sub­stan­tive Changes

  • Chap­ter order
  • Removal of mul­ti­ax­ial system

Sec­tion 2 Disorders

  • Autism spec­trum disorder
  • Binge eat­ing disorder
  • Dis­rup­tive mood dys­reg­u­la­tion disorder
  • Exco­ri­a­tion (skin-picking) disorder
  • Hoard­ing disorder
  • Pedophilic dis­or­der
  • Per­son­al­ity disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Removal of bereave­ment exclusion
  • Spe­cific learn­ing disorders
  • Sub­stance use disorder

Sec­tion 3 Disorders

  • Atten­u­ated psy­chosis syndrome
  • Inter­net use gam­ing disorder
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Sui­ci­dal behav­ioral disorder

Dis­or­ders Not Accepted for Sec­tions 2 or 3

  • Anx­ious depression
  • Hyper­sex­ual disorder
  • Parental alien­ation syndrome
  • Sen­sory pro­cess­ing disorder

Other over­all changes

  • Chap­ter order. Chap­ters will be restruc­tured based on dis­or­ders’ appar­ent relat­ed­ness to one another as reflected by sim­i­lar­i­ties in dis­or­ders’ under­ly­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity and symp­tom characteristics.
  • Removal of mul­ti­ax­ial sys­tem, mov­ing to a non­ax­ial doc­umeta­tion com­bin­ing for­mer Axes I, II, and III. Sep­a­rate nota­tions are now made for psy­choso­cial and con­tex­tual fac­tors and dis­abil­ity (for­merly axes IV and V).

Spe­cific Changes to Disorders

  • Autism spec­trum dis­or­der cri­te­ria incor­po­rate sev­eral diag­noses from DSM-IV includ­ing autis­tic dis­or­der, Asperger’s dis­or­der, child­hood dis­in­te­gra­tive dis­or­der, and per­va­sive devel­op­men­tal dis­or­der NOS (not oth­er­wise specified).
  • Binge eat­ing dis­or­der is bet­ter rep­re­sented to reflect the symp­toms and behav­iours asso­ci­ated with this condition.
  • Dis­rup­tive mood dys­reg­u­la­tion dis­or­der is included to diag­nose chil­dren who exhibit per­sis­tent irri­tabil­ity and fre­quent episodes of behav­iour out­bursts three or more times a week for more than a year. The diag­no­sis “is intended to address con­cerns about poten­tial over-diagnosis and overtreat­ment of bipo­lar dis­or­der in chidren.”
  • Exco­ri­a­tion (skin-picking) dis­or­der is new and included in the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Dis­or­ders chapter.
  • Hoard­ing dis­or­der is new and char­ac­ter­izes peo­ple with per­sis­tent dif­fi­culty dis­card­ing or part­ing with pos­ses­sions regard­less of value.
  • Pedophilic dis­or­der is revised from the name “pedophilia”
  • Per­son­al­ize dis­or­der cri­te­ria main­tain the cat­e­gor­i­cal model and cri­te­ria for the ten per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders included in the DSM-IV and include new trait-specific method­ol­ogy to encour­age study.
  • Post-traumatic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) is included in Trauma– and Stressor-Related Disorders.
  • Removal of bereave­ment exclu­sion. This exclu­sion in DSM-IV applied to peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing depres­sive symp­toms last­ing less than two months fol­low­ing the death of a loved one and has been removed and “replaced by sev­eral notes within the text delin­eat­ing the dif­fer­ences between grief and depres­sion. This reflects the recog­ni­tion that bereave­ment is a severe psy­choso­cial stres­sor that can pre­cip­i­tate a major depres­sive episode begin­ning soon after the loss of a loved one.
  • Spe­cific learn­ing dis­or­der broad­ens to rep­re­sent dis­tinct dis­or­ders which inter­fere with the acqui­si­tion and use of one or more of the fol­low­ing aca­d­e­mic skills: oral lan­guage, read­ing, writ­ten lan­guage, or mathematics.
  • Sub­stance use dis­or­der com­bines cat­e­gories of sub­stance abuse and sub­stance depen­dence. And the cri­te­ria have been “strength­ened” (pre­vi­ous sub­stance abuse cri­te­ria required only one symp­tom while DSM-5s’ mild sub­stance use dis­or­der requires two to three symptoms.

 

About the DSM-5

The DSM-5 is the guide­book used by clin­i­cians and researchers to diag­nose and clas­sify men­tal disorders.

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Inaugural launch of healthy workplace accreditation for US-based companies

New US accred­i­ta­tion for healthy work­places announced now!

Health­Lead is a new rat­ing sys­tem for help­ing US companies/orgs to improve employee health as a busi­ness per­for­mance strat­egy. Mod­eled after LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (yes, for green build­ings!) in which sus­tain­able prac­tices are con­sid­ered a key busi­ness priority.

Two years in devel­op­ment, pilot test­ing the set of stan­dards, appli­ca­tion, and eval­u­a­tion, Health­Lead was released June 12 at Ohio State University.

The first 12 employ­ers to earn Health­Lead accred­i­ta­tion were rec­og­nized by US Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Health Howard Koh, MD, MPG and othe rpeers.

What is Health­Lead? Inde­pen­dent, third party ver­i­fi­ca­tion that an employer meets high stan­dards for a cul­ture, envi­ron­ment, poli­cies, ben­e­fits and pro­grams that sup­port employee well being.

Read more here: www.ushealthiest.org

About USHealth­i­est, co-founder of Health­Lead initiative:

US Health­i­est is a non­profit, public-private col­lab­o­ra­tion co-founded by CDC and state
and local pub­lic health orga­ni­za­tions. We exist to cat­alyze action and social engage­ment in
sup­port of the vision, “To Make US the Health­i­est Nation in a Health­ier World.” US Health­i­est
seeks to cre­ate a social move­ment pro­mot­ing health and well-being every­where peo­ple live,
learn, work, and play. We want to find new ways to solve peren­nial prob­lems of health and well­be­ing,
encour­age peo­ple to make healthy choices, and cre­ate a social and phys­i­cal envi­ron­ment
that advances healthy liv­ing and well-being.

 

 

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World No Tobacco Day May 31

May 31…World No Tobacco Day!

The cam­paign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increas­ingly aggres­sive attempts to under­mine global tobacco con­trol efforts.

Some unfor­tu­nate statistics:

  • There are approx­i­mately 4.7-million smok­ers in Canada.
  • When sur­veyed, the major­ity (upwards of 90%) of smok­ers express a desire to quit.
  • This year, more than 37,000 Cana­di­ans will die pre­ma­turely as a result of tobacco use.
  • Tobacco use rep­re­sents a sub­stan­tial cost to the Cana­dian health care sys­tem, and to the Cana­dian economy.
  • Total direct health care costs linked to tobacco use are over $4.4 bil­lion per year.
  • When indi­rect cost (e.g. lost wages, pro­duc­tiv­ity, etc.) are included, the total annual eco­nomic cost of tobacco to the Cana­dian econ­omy is more than $17 billion.
  • Smok­ing is linked to 30% of all can­cer deaths in Canada.
  • Tobacco use is one of the lead­ing pre­ventable causes of death.
  • The global tobacco epi­demic kills nearly 6 mil­lion peo­ple each year, of which more than 600,000 are peo­ple exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Unless we act, smok­ing will kill up to 8 mil­lion peo­ple by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low– and middle-income countries.

Learn more from the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion here.

 

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Together Against Stigma: Changing how we see mental illness 5th International Stigma Conference

Together Against Stigma: Chang­ing how we see men­tal ill­ness 5th Inter­na­tional Stigma Conference

Mark June 4th to 6th in your 2012 cal­en­dar for the oppor­tu­nity to engage in con­tem­po­rary dis­cus­sion and debate around stigma with the world’s men­tal health lead­ers at the The Delta Ottawa City Cen­tre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

More infor­ma­tion here.


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Mark your calendars! Total worker well-being focus of upcoming CCOHS forum

Total worker well-being is the focus of the upcom­ing Forum IV National Con­fer­ence, a 2-day event in October.

Meet­ing the demands of a men­tally healthy work envi­ron­ment requires a com­mit­ment and new capac­i­ties within an orga­ni­za­tion. Total worker well-being is the focus of the upcom­ing Forum IV National Con­fer­ence, a 2-day event in October.

From the CCOHS:

Meet­ing the demands of a men­tally healthy work envi­ron­ment requires a com­mit­ment and new capac­i­ties within an orga­ni­za­tion. [Forum IV is] an oppor­tu­nity for par­tic­i­pants to col­lab­o­rate on inte­grated, com­pre­hen­sive approaches to total health and well­ness at work. There is a con­nec­tion between the men­tal, phys­i­cal, and psy­choso­cial aspects of both the work and non-work envi­ron­ments. Key dis­cus­sion areas will include men­tal health, psy­choso­cial work fac­tors and mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders, harass­ment and bul­ly­ing, and inte­grated work­place health and safety.

Of note, Dan Bilsker and Merv Gilbert, both notable psy­chol­o­gists from BC prac­tic­ing in the field of worker well-being and men­tal health, will be fea­tured speak­ers. There pre­sen­ta­tion are cer­tain to inform and inspire.

For more infor­ma­tion, visit: http://www.ccohs.ca/events/forumiv/

About the Cana­dian Cen­tre for Occu­pa­tional Health and Safety (CCOHS www.ccohs.ca)

The Cana­dian Cen­tre for Occu­pa­tional Health and Safety (CCOHS) has a vision: the elim­i­na­tion of work-related ill­nesses and injuries. We serve Cana­di­ans — and the world — with cred­i­ble and rel­e­vant tools and resources to improve work­place health and safety pro­grams. We encour­age you to join us in cre­at­ing a work world with­out pain, loss or tragedy. We believe that all Cana­di­ans have a fun­da­men­tal right to a healthy and safe work­ing envi­ron­ment. Through our pro­grams, ser­vices, knowl­edge, com­mit­ment, and action, CCOHS will con­tinue its efforts to advance health and safety in the workplace.


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