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October  

Workplace Wellness Program Ideas


Many organizations provide free and credible resources to help you plan workplace wellness activities. We have highlighted some of them here to help you develop and deliver a cost-effective program for your employees.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week happens at the beginning of October ever year. It is an ideal opportunity to educate everyone in the workplace about mental illnesses. Making this part of your annual wellness strategy normalizes the topic rather than addressing it only after an employee experiences a mental illness. Help increase understanding as well as address any fears or concerns related to myths or stereotypes.

  • One of the best approaches to busting stereotypes is to have someone who has recovered from mental illness talk about their journey.
    • If you cannot hire a professional speaker to do this, consider hosting an event where you will show video of real people who have had this experience. The free resource Working Through It can allow you to do this in a 3 hour session.
    • Another important activity is helping co-workers feel comfortable and safe when working with someone who may be experiencing a mental illness. In addition to the video session, you could share resources such as Helping Troubled Co-Workers.

Australia’s 10/10 Make a Promise Program helps everyone take action to increase awareness of mental health by making one of a series of promises they provide. You can also check out www.cmha.ca to find both events and resources.

Healthy Workplace Month is supported by Excellence Canada with a plethora of ideas and resources.

Understanding what might push our buttons can help us to choose responses that are better for our own mental health.

Gratitude is linked to good mental health. It is a practice rather than simply an attitude.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) gives us an opportunity to recognize the needs and celebrate the accomplishments of those who live and work while experiencing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Peer Support is being increasingly recognized as an effective way to support those who are struggling through mental illness by offering them hope that only someone who has been through a similar experience can provide. Learn what Peer Support is and how to help someone access it.