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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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Access resources through the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Help to open the conversation about suicide in your workplace. Some ideas include a cycling event or perhaps passing on a #ConvoPlate from the Paul Hansell Foundation. You can encourage social media outreach including joining World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page

  • Encourage leaders to plan regular team activities with the goal of developing resilience. Resilience is known to help prevent individuals from believing suicide is their only option. The activities provided in the free book Building Stronger Teams | Supporting Effective Team Leaders are easy to use. You can also help leaders improve their own emotional intelligence by using the activities at the front of this book.

Thoughts can have a direct influence on our mood. By learning to manage thoughts, we can improve our emotional well-being.

The Psychology Foundation provides a tool to help us assess how we are doing and where we might need some support or help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention states:

Never agree to keep thoughts of suicide a secret. Sometimes instinct tells us we must break confidentiality. It’s better to have someone alive and mad at you than dead by suicide and you feeling that you missed an opportunity to help them keep safe. We recommend treating this subject and the people involved with respect, dignity and compassion and don’t keep it to yourself. Know who you can connect with as this work cannot be done alone. You may, as a helper, experience thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable. It’s OK to reach out.

Talking about suicide can provide tremendous relief and being a listener is the best intervention anyone can give. Talking about suicide will not cause suicide. When experiencing intense emotions, the person will not be able to problem solve. It is not your job to fix their problems. Listen, care, validate and be nonjudgmental.