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Should you disclose mental health issues at work?

Smart Com­pany today pro­duced an arti­cle on the topic of dis­clos­ing men­tal health issues at work. Some of the key issues were as follows:

  • Lead­ers need to build pos­i­tive atti­tudes and sup­port mech­a­nisms for any staff impacted or likely to be by depres­sion, bipo­lar dis­or­der and other men­tal health prob­lems. We need to remove the stigma and make all staff feel com­fort­able about who they are. It’s much bet­ter to work for a com­pany that has employee well-being at the fore­front of their con­cerns and a proac­tive approach. It is a duty of care.
  • Depres­sion and men­tal health prob­lems are big work issues and we need to under­stand the impact on work and the asso­ci­ated stress trig­gers. How tragic that any­one would feel so bad they would want to end their life? And yet one in five peo­ple will suf­fer from depres­sion at some stage in their lives, and this can lead to time off for vary­ing amounts of time. We must have empa­thy for such a com­mon situation.
  • Peo­ple who are work­ing well and get­ting through each day may have com­part­men­talised what­ever else they are expe­ri­enc­ing in their lives for the sake of their reg­u­lar employ­ment and pro­mo­tion chances. You would be wise not to pre­sume, how­ever, that such peo­ple always “have it together”.

Source: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people/43321-should-you-disclose-mental-health-issues-at-work.html

Adding to these issues, con­sider the fol­low­ing from the Cana­dian Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion:

  • The good news is that men­tal ill­nesses are treat­able. Early recog­ni­tion of men­tal health prob­lems, refer­rals to the right resources (such as Employee and Fam­ily Assis­tance Plans), and ade­quate treat­ment can help peo­ple get on the path to recov­ery and go back to their usual work quickly. Employ­ees can and do reach their full poten­tial when they have the right sup­ports in their life, includ­ing those at their work­place. Some men­tal health prob­lems in the work­place can also be pre­vented when orga­ni­za­tions take steps to cre­ate men­tally healthy work­places for all employees.
  • Telling a super­vi­sor or mem­ber of your workplace’s human resources team about a diag­no­sis of any health prob­lem is called dis­clo­sure. In Canada, the law says that you don’t have to tell your employ­ers what is caus­ing a dis­abil­ity. You do need to say that you’re expe­ri­enc­ing health chal­lenges and you have to describe what you need to work well. Your employer may need infor­ma­tion from your health care provider around your abil­i­ties and dif­fi­cul­ties, but they don’t need your diagnosis.
  • There are risks and ben­e­fits to dis­clos­ing your expe­ri­ence of a men­tal ill­ness. If you do dis­close, you and your super­vi­sor may fig­ure out strate­gies that help you stay at work. For exam­ple, you may change the way you com­plete tasks or change the tasks you do. These strate­gies are also called accom­mo­da­tions. By law, work­places have to try to look at rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tions for any­one who expe­ri­ences a dis­abil­ity, includ­ing a men­tal ill­ness. Dis­clos­ing may help other peo­ple in your work­place under­stand any changes or dif­fi­cul­ties that they’ve noticed.
  • On the other hand, dis­clos­ing can lead to stigma or dis­crim­i­na­tion. Unfor­tu­nately, being open about a men­tal ill­ness can impact a person’s posi­tion at a work­place or their abil­ity to find a new job. There are laws to pre­vent this kind of dis­crim­i­na­tion, but it can still hap­pen. Work­places have dif­fer­ent atti­tudes and cul­tures, so every­one will have dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ences. How­ever, it’s best to think through all the options before you make a decision.
  • Deci­sions around stay­ing at work or tak­ing time off are influ­enced by many dif­fer­ent fac­tors, includ­ing the nature and sever­ity of the ill­ness and how the ill­ness affects your abil­i­ties to work. Ulti­mately, the choice should be between you, your care team, and your employer. Some peo­ple ben­e­fit from time off with a grad­ual return to work. Oth­ers may decide to work fewer hours. Some may stay at their cur­rent work­ing hours. Stay­ing con­nected to work can be help­ful dur­ing recov­ery. It can be a place to con­tribute your skills, build social con­nec­tions, con­tribute to some­thing big­ger, and earn a pay­cheque. A job can be part of how you see your­self. Talk with your care team for ideas and strate­gies that sup­port your work goals.

Source: Cana­dian Men­tal Health Association

 

Copies of the Mental Health Policy now available. Just released.

Fol­low­ing the Jul 18 announce­ment of the new Ontario Pol­icy for Men­tal Health and the Work­place, the Ontario Health Com­mis­sion released the report in var­i­ous for­mats online.

As promised, Home­wood Health has the link for you…click here. It is about a 1.5 MB PDF download.


 

About Home­wood Health

Home­wood Health is the Cana­dian leader in men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices. With over 130 years of expe­ri­ence, we achieve out­stand­ing out­comes every day through our national net­work of nearly 4,000 employ­ees and clin­i­cal experts, and through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre — one of Canada’s largest and lead­ing facil­i­ties for med­ical treat­ment of men­tal health and addic­tion dis­or­ders. Our com­plete suite of ser­vices includes orga­ni­za­tional well­ness, employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­grams, assess­ments, out­pa­tient and inpa­tient treat­ment, recov­ery man­age­ment, return to work and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices, cus­tomized to meet the spe­cial­ized needs of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. Home­wood Health is redefin­ing men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices to help Cana­di­ans live health­ier, more pro­duc­tive and more ful­fill­ing lives.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Health, 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

Just released: Mental Health And The Workplace: Ontario Human Rights Commission New Policy On Mental Health And Addiction

A new pol­icy, released today, aims to pro­vide user-friendly guid­ance on how to define, assess, han­dle and resolve human rights issues related to men­tal health and addic­tion dis­abil­i­ties. The Pol­icy on pre­vent­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion based on men­tal health dis­abil­i­ties and addic­tions was released by the Ontario Human Rights Com­mis­sion (OHRC).

The Ontario Human Rights Com­mis­sion recently released its “Pol­icy on pre­vent­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion based on men­tal health dis­abil­i­ties and addic­tions” (the Pol­icy). While not legally bind­ing, it reflects the Commission’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the Human Rights Code and, as with other Com­mis­sion poli­cies, will likely receive def­er­ence from the Human Rights Tri­bunal of Ontario and the courts. The Pol­icy is a use­ful guide for address­ing accom­mo­da­tion issues aris­ing specif­i­cally from men­tal health and addiction-related dis­abil­i­ties in the workplace.

The thrust of the Pol­icy is to rein­force the legal duty to accom­mo­date those with men­tal health dis­abil­i­ties. Fur­ther, the Pol­icy empha­sizes that pro­vid­ing a discrimination-free envi­ron­ment includes more than accommodation—it means address­ing the terms used to describe men­tal health and addic­tion issues, as well as being cog­nizant of any under­ly­ing stigma that may be assigned to those with men­tal health or addiction-related disabilities.

The Pol­icy also reminds employ­ers of the fol­low­ing legal prin­ci­ples that under­lie the duty to accommodate:

  • The duty to accom­mo­date is both sub­stan­tive (the actual accom­mo­da­tion) and pro­ce­dural (the method of assess­ing the employee’s needs and appro­pri­ate accommodation).
  • There must be an indi­vid­ual assess­ment as to the person’s needs and what will con­sti­tute rea­son­able accommodation.
  • The employee must be an active par­tic­i­pant in the accom­mo­da­tion process and has a duty to coop­er­ate in the process so that appro­pri­ate (not nec­es­sar­ily the “pre­ferred”) accom­mo­da­tion can be provided.
  • Accom­mo­da­tion must be pro­vided up until the point of “undue hard­ship.” In deter­min­ing what con­sti­tutes undue hard­ship, appro­pri­ate con­sid­er­a­tions include cost, set sources of fund­ing and health and safety require­ments. Incon­ve­nience and employee morale, for exam­ple, are not accepted as valid con­sid­er­a­tions in deter­min­ing whether the undue hard­ship test has been met.
  • In addi­tion, the Pol­icy sug­gests an employer may need to make inquiries of an employee if it appears he or she is in need of accom­mo­da­tion even if the employee has not requested accom­mo­da­tion for a men­tal health issue. This could be the case where a dra­matic change in an employee’s behav­iour is observed and/or brought to the employer’s attention.

Since the launch is hap­pen­ing today, there is no direct link to this pol­icy as a down­load­able (or fully acces­si­ble) doc­u­ment. When and if this becomes avail­able, we will be blog­ging that infor­ma­tion to you imme­di­ately. Sign up for our news of new posts, using the sign-up form on the blog home page and don’t miss out!

 NOTE

This PDF for­mat­ted report may also be of related inter­est on this topic, offer­ing some legal per­spec­tive: A Ques­tion of bal­ance: Men­tal health issues in the work­place. More of a legal per­spec­tive, and quite infor­ma­tive in a Cana­dian context.


About Home­wood Health

Home­wood Health is the Cana­dian leader in men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices. With over 130 years of expe­ri­ence, we achieve out­stand­ing out­comes every day through our national net­work of nearly 4,000 employ­ees and clin­i­cal experts, and through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre — one of Canada’s largest and lead­ing facil­i­ties for med­ical treat­ment of men­tal health and addic­tion dis­or­ders. Our com­plete suite of ser­vices includes orga­ni­za­tional well­ness, employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­grams, assess­ments, out­pa­tient and inpa­tient treat­ment, recov­ery man­age­ment, return to work and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices, cus­tomized to meet the spe­cial­ized needs of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. Home­wood Health is redefin­ing men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices to help Cana­di­ans live health­ier, more pro­duc­tive and more ful­fill­ing lives.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Health, 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

Is your workplace making your mentally unhealthy?

Is your work­place mak­ing your men­tally unhealthy?

ABC Health (Aus­tralia) reports;

  • Half of employ­ees believe their work­place is men­tally unhealthy.
  • Fac­tors can con­tribute include: prob­lems with the job itself,difficult rela­tion­ships with col­leagues or man­agers, organ­i­sa­tional fac­tors, thier issues hap­pen­ing in the employee’s life indi­vid­ual fac­tors, such as per­son­al­ity, cop­ing style and level of resilience.
  • Men­tal ill­ness costs to the econ­omy are the lead­ing rea­son for absen­teeism, with one in five tak­ing time off due to men­tal health issues in the past year (edi­tor note: Aus­tralian stats).

http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2014/07/07/4040588.htm

Ingrid Ozols, man­ag­ing direc­tor of MentalHealth@Work (a provider of work­place men­tal health edu­ca­tion, train­ing and strate­gic pro­gram devel­op­ment) says pre­sen­teeism, when peo­ple go to work despite being injured or unwell, also hurts business’s bot­tom line.

Pre­sen­teeism is when the lights are on but no-one is home. Some­one is star­ing at the com­puter but on autopi­lot. It is hard to observe and quan­tify but is a great bur­den to work­places of all shapes and sizes,” she says.

But it’s not a sim­ple equa­tion of a prob­lem­atic work­place dam­ag­ing staff men­tal health. Dr Sam Har­vey, con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist and head of the Work­place Men­tal Health Research Group (a part­ner­ship between The Black Dog Insti­tute and UNSW), says “work­place men­tal health is a com­plex inter­ac­tion between indi­vid­u­als, their cop­ing and resilience skills, and their jobs.

Many peo­ple work in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions and they don’t get unwell. We are only now start­ing to look at what it is about their resilience and cop­ing mechanisms.


About Home­wood Health

Home­wood Health is the Cana­dian leader in men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices. With over 130 years of expe­ri­ence, we achieve out­stand­ing out­comes every day through our national net­work of nearly 4,000 employ­ees and clin­i­cal experts, and through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre — one of Canada’s largest and lead­ing facil­i­ties for med­ical treat­ment of men­tal health and addic­tion dis­or­ders. Our com­plete suite of ser­vices includes orga­ni­za­tional well­ness, employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­grams, assess­ments, out­pa­tient and inpa­tient treat­ment, recov­ery man­age­ment, return to work and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices, cus­tomized to meet the spe­cial­ized needs of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. Home­wood Health is redefin­ing men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices to help Cana­di­ans live health­ier, more pro­duc­tive and more ful­fill­ing lives.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Health, 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.

Federal executives plead for assistance with stress and depression

The Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Exec­u­tives of the Pub­lic Ser­vice of Canada (APEX) is urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to adopt the Men­tal Health Commission’s national stan­dard for psy­cho­log­i­cal health and safety in the work­place, along with ways to mea­sure progress in pro­mot­ing men­tal health in the pub­lic service.

This plea comes in the wake of APEX’s most recent study of the health of the government’s 6,560 exec­u­tives which is a sur­pris­ing reminder of how psy­cho­log­i­cally and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing a work­place envi­ron­ment lack­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal health strate­gies can be:

  • the work­place was mak­ing some of 6500 of the government’s exec­u­tives sick;
  • the orga­ni­za­tional com­mit­ment of these exec­u­tives is on the decline;
  • 32% of exec­u­tives are dis­en­gaged, feel­ing dis­con­nected from their work and unable to deal with the jobs’ demands;
  • the exec­u­tives are more stressed than 75 per cent of Canadians;
  • the exec­u­tives feel they have lit­tle con­trol over their work, receive lit­tle sup­port from col­leagues and super­vi­sors and get scant recog­ni­tion for their efforts;
  • com­plaints abounded about inci­vil­ity in the work­place and harass­ing bosses;
  • approx­i­mately 25% of the exec­u­tives reported symp­toms of burnout, rang­ing from emo­tional exhaus­tion to cyn­i­cism and a declin­ing sense of accom­plish­ment and usefulness.

APEX made its rec­om­men­da­tions to Privy Coun­cil Clerk Wayne Wouters, who launched his Blue­print 2020 a year ago for input on the future pub­lic ser­vice. His final report, called Des­ti­na­tion 2020, is expected soon.

Lisanne Lacroix, APEX’s chief exec­u­tive offi­cer, said the orga­ni­za­tional health of depart­ments and agen­cies is crit­i­cal to the psy­cho­log­i­cal health of employ­ees. She said unman­aged work stress has a “neg­a­tive impact” on the health of employ­ees, which in turn affects the effec­tive­ness and pro­duc­tiv­ity of organizations.

For more, read the source: Ottawa Cit­i­zen

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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.

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Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

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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.

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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.

 

Mental health issues in the workplace a growing concern for Canadian employers (report)

In this timely report released yes­ter­day on PR Newsire, Cana­dian employer data is col­lected and ana­lyzed to show that EAPs “Cana­di­ans’ qual­ity of life, reduce the eco­nomic chal­lenges of reduced pro­duc­tiv­ity in the work­place and ease the pres­sure on the health­care system.”
In today’s age, a stag­ger­ing one in five Cana­di­ans strug­gle with the bur­den of men­tal health issues such as stress, anx­i­ety and depres­sion, among oth­ers.1 The every­day chal­lenges that these indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­ence puts a sig­nif­i­cant strain on not only their per­sonal, but also their pro­fes­sional lives. Employ­ers con­tinue to grap­ple with the impacts of men­tal health issues in the work­place and to iden­tify the best means of sup­port­ing their employ­ees — enter Employee Assis­tance Pro­grams (EAPs).

EAPs pro­vide employ­ees with coun­selling and refer­ral ser­vices to help them cope with men­tal health issues, which are the lead­ing cause of long-term dis­abil­ity, and a major cause of short-term dis­abil­ity, con­flict at work and absence. In fact, in an aver­age week, more than 500,000 Cana­di­ans will not go to work because of men­tal ill­ness.2,3 While EAPs are an impor­tant means of pro­vid­ing assis­tance to address a wide vari­ety of prob­lems, the ques­tion remains, how well known and under­stood are these pro­grams among the Cana­dian workforce?

We’ve long known that coun­selling and sup­port ser­vices, like those offered by employee assis­tance pro­grams, improve the lives of those strug­gling under the weight of dif­fi­cult men­tal health issues such as  anx­i­ety and depres­sion,” says Allan Stordy, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Arete Human Resources Inc. (AHRI), a lead­ing national provider of EAPs, unique busi­ness assis­tance pro­grams (BAPs) and the com­mis­sion­ers of the study. “But now we can link these pos­i­tive results to a very real cost sav­ings for employ­ers and our pub­licly funded health care system.”

Accord­ing to the study, sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in men­tal health were seen in indi­vid­u­als with access to an EAP with reduc­tions in depres­sion, anx­i­ety and stress lev­els three months after the last coun­selling ses­sion. After EAP use, pub­lic health care uti­liza­tion relat­ing to spe­cial­ist vis­its was reduced. Fur­ther, the study found that reduced work pro­duc­tiv­ity and sig­nif­i­cant employer costs observed at intake high­lighted an orga­ni­za­tional need for the ser­vices. At time of intake, 66 per cent of par­tic­i­pants had per­for­mance issues that pro­duced an esti­mated aver­age eco­nomic loss of $1,063 in the last four weeks for employ­ers. This trans­lated into an aver­age annual loss per par­tic­i­pant of almost $13,000 asso­ci­ated with absen­teeism and presenteeism.

As an employer, our main pri­or­ity is to help our employ­ees main­tain a suit­able work-life bal­ance and pro­vide them with nec­es­sary sup­ports when they have chal­lenges in their lives that affect their work per­for­mance,” says Peter Strat­ton, Chief Peo­ple Offi­cer at West­ern Finan­cial Group. “Insti­tut­ing an EAP has enabled us to play an enhanced role in con­tribut­ing to the over­all well-being of our employ­ees, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing last summer’s flood in Alberta. This pro­gram is a crit­i­cal part of our employee ben­e­fit pro­gram and one which is well-respected by our West­ern staff.”

Indi­vid­ual, employer and social out­comes all con­tribute to improved work­place men­tal health. Through EAPs, pos­i­tive impacts involv­ing all stake­hold­ers are achiev­able. Prior to enter­ing the EAP pro­gram 66 per cent of all study par­tic­i­pants reported hav­ing mod­er­ate, severe or extremely severe prob­lems with stress, anx­i­ety or depres­sion. Three months after com­plet­ing the coun­selling pro­gram less than 32 per cent fell into these same categories.

Liv­ing with Men­tal Health Issues
Men­tal ill­ness can affect any­one, no mat­ter the age, gen­der or race. Liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness presents a sig­nif­i­cant bur­den for indi­vid­u­als and their family/friends, largely due to the fear and stig­mas asso­ci­ated with the con­di­tion. Inter­est­ingly, a mere 50 per cent of Cana­di­ans are open with friends or co-workers about a fam­ily mem­ber with a men­tal ill­ness in com­par­i­son to 72 per cent who openly dis­cuss a diag­no­sis of can­cer, for instance.4 Also of note is that 20 per cent of Cana­di­ans will per­son­ally expe­ri­ence a men­tal ill­ness dur­ing their life­time; how­ever, main­tain­ing good men­tal health is equally as impor­tant as main­tain­ing good phys­i­cal health.5

About the Study
Inves­ti­gat­ing the global value of a Cana­dian Employee Assis­tance Pro­gram is the first of its kind to exam­ine the eco­nomic and social impact of men­tal health chal­lenges and the value being pro­vided by EAPs in help­ing peo­ple man­age these issues. A sam­ple of Cana­dian employ­ees was vol­un­tar­ily tracked before and three months after access to AHRI’s EAP ser­vices Arive® and Acumin®.

Ref­er­ences


1 Smetanin, P., Stiff, D., Bri­ante, C., Adair, C., Ahmad, S., & Khan, M. (2011). The list and eco­nomic impact of major men­tal ill­nesses in Canada: 2011 to 2041., Risk­An­a­lyt­ica, on behalf of the Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion of Canada.
2 Cal­cu­lated from data in Dewa, Chau, and Der­mer (2010), “Exam­in­ing the Com­par­a­tive Inci­dence and Costs of Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Health-Related Dis­abil­i­ties in an Employed Pop­u­la­tion,” and Sta­tis­tics Canada employ­ment data.
3 Cal­cu­lated from data in Insti­tute of Health Eco­nom­ics (2007), “Men­tal Health Eco­nom­ics Sta­tis­tics in Your Pocket,” and Sta­tis­tics Canada — Labour Sta­tis­tics Divi­sion (2011), “Work Absence Rates 2010.“
4 Cana­dian Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (2008). 8th Annual National Report Card on Health Care.
5 Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada. A Report on Men­tal Ill­nesses in Canada. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/miic-mmac/chap_1-eng.php. Accessed Jan­u­ary 2014.

Source Report (PDF For­mat): Down­load 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!

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.

 

Could a worksite wellness program be hazardous to your health?

An inter­est­ing take on the fast-growing plethora of “well­ness” pro­grams (and we use those quotes inten­tion­ally). Per­haps not as ripe with poten­tial harm as the snake-oil of yes­ter­year, there are cer­tainly some pit­falls to avoid in the plan­ning and selec­tion of who may be that ‘provider of choice’ for your own well­ness program.

Three Sur­pris­ing Haz­ards of Work­site Well­ness Pro­grams” is an edi­to­r­ial just released in Forbes (Feb 4) and the author opines on just this…in the con­text of a comic book pro­posal, if you can believe.

Although geared towards cau­tious crit­i­cism of Oba­macare and work­site well­ness pro­grams ‘requir­ing’ par­tic­i­pa­tion, have a read. Though Home­wood Health does not endorse any of the com­ments expressed by the author of the edi­to­r­ial (e.g. “these pro­grams apply equal mea­sures of coer­cion and dis­paragmenet toward the peo­ple they are sup­posed to help” we do agree that more care­ful and informed plan­ning is needed before an employer makes that all impor­tant selec­tion choice.

Reflect­ing on a book “Sur­viv­ing Work­place Wellness…with Your Dig­nity” the author of the edi­to­r­ial has this thesis:

The authors [of Sur­viv­ing Work­place Well­ness] agree that the work­site well­ness move­ment is not only a pri­vacy haz­ard, but a health haz­ard and busi­ness haz­ard to boot. While some of us might be will­ing to tol­er­ate a cer­tain amount of pri­vacy loss if we thought it would improve our health and save some money, Lewis and Khanna make a com­pelling case that poorly designed well­ness pro­grams don’t help at all. In fact, these pro­grams in the well­ness busi­ness 1) dis­may and alien­ate employ­ees, pre­cisely the oppo­site goal of a health “ben­e­fit,” 2) fail to reduce health costs, and 3) harm employee health.

And…

A well-designed well­ness pro­gram does not threaten to dock Superman’s pay if he doesn’t get a cho­les­terol test. A good one might instead add a salad bar to the Daily Planet cafe­te­ria. The lat­ter doesn’t sound like some­thing Perry White would do, but after all the Chief has never been the model of a good boss.

Apart from mak­ing the case of the need for evidence-based proac­tive well­ness planning,

Read the source edi­to­r­ial here.

The rec­om­mended solution?

And for those would appre­ci­ate a solu­tion to this, we offer some of the fol­low­ing “dos” in EAP and well­ness provider selec­tion  EAP­Buy­ers­Guide

  1. When eval­u­at­ing Employee Assis­tance Pro­grams, make cer­tain that you are com­par­ing “apples to apples.” Com­pare the indi­vid­ual ser­vice pack­ages and how they best meet your needs. Resist “cost shop­ping” and sim­ply choos­ing your EAP based on low­est price alone. A qual­ity EAP will offer a fair price, a full-service pack­age and respon­sive service.
  2. The range of EAP ser­vices — cri­sis response, con­sul­ta­tion, assess­ment, refer­ral, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and man­age­ment sup­port – these are the crit­i­cal com­po­nents and the keys to deter­min­ing the right fit and the right choice of EAP.
  3. A full-service Employee Assis­tance Pro­gram should pro­vide the Buyer with a set of com­pre­hen­sive, inte­grated EAP ser­vices that meet the needs of the orga­ni­za­tion, the employ­ees and their dependents:
  •  (e.g. con­fi­den­tial 24-hour any­time, any­where counseling,
  • Tele­coun­selling,
  • Online coun­sel­ing,
  • Assess­ment and referral,
  • R]ferral follow-up,
  • Dis­abil­ity management,
  • Crit­i­cal inci­dent response,
  • Edu­ca­tion and train­ing in men­tal health and related issues for man­age­ment and leaders,
  • Edu­ca­tion and train­ing for employ­ees in per­sonal health
  • Maintenance/improvement, inte­grated sub­stance abuse assess­ment and inter­ven­tion (access to in-patient ser­vices for advanced interventions),
  • Pro­fes­sion­ally cre­den­tialed coun­selors and allied coun­sel­ing and well­ness staff.
  • Guar­an­teed health-information con­fi­den­tial­ity (e.g. HIPAA compliance)
  • EAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (e.g. Coun­cil CON Accred­i­ta­tion, COA compliance)
  • Aware­ness materials
  • And var­i­ous other value-add ser­vice com­po­nents (e.g. work-life services).

The list is too expan­sive and com­pre­hen­sive to list here, so con­sider read­ing “EAP­Buy­ers­Guide”.

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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.

 

For our brokers: Receive seven CE credits when you attend the Mental Illness SOS training

Home­wood Health is host­ing a com­pli­men­tary full day work­shop for bro­kers only on Feb­ru­ary 26th 2014 from 8am-4pm at the Wind­sor Arms Hotel in down­town Toronto..  Bro­kers will receive 7 con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cred­its pro­vided by Advocis.

Home­wood Health is pleased to invite you to a com­pli­men­tary full day train­ing (a value of $2,295) to develop aware­ness and skills around men­tal ill­ness. Tak­ing place on Feb­ru­ary 26, 2014, in the ele­gant sur­round­ings of the his­toric Wind­sor Arms Hotel, the ses­sion will pro­vide you with the oppor­tu­nity to:

  • gain knowl­edge on the com­plex­i­ties of men­tal ill­ness in an easy to under­stand way;
  • develop tools to address the stigma around men­tal ill­ness in the work­place; and
  • learn tech­niques to approach and have dis­cus­sions with employ­ees in var­i­ous circumstances.

Deliv­ered in an inter­ac­tive set­ting by a Mas­ters’ level expert with expe­ri­ence in orga­ni­za­tional and men­tal health, the train­ing will include an executive-level dis­cus­sion and pre-training inter­view to ensure that your learn­ing needs are addressed.

In addi­tion, when you attend this com­pli­men­tary full day ses­sion, you will receive 7 CE cred­its to con­tribute towards your pro­fes­sional mem­ber­ship require­ments through Advo­cis – The Finan­cial Advi­sors Asso­ci­a­tion of Canada.

For more infor­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, please con­tact Greg Van Slyke at gvanslyke@homewoodhumansolutions.com.  Spots are lim­ited, so we encour­age you to con­firm your atten­dance as soon as possible!

We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to the training!

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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.