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For Release
January 31, 2018

Free Workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace

WHITEHORSE: Fostering the mental health of workers is good for business. It improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, increases retention and creates a workplace environment that benefits everyone.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of psychological well-being in Yukon workplaces. Employers know they are required to support their workers’ mental health and reduce the risk of psychological injury, but they may not understand how to do this.

The free workshop, Cultivating Positive Mental Health at Work, will provide some answers. Using material from the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health at Work program, topics include:

  • How mental health affects workers and employers
  • How to recognize and respond to workplace mental health issues
  • How to cultivate a mentally healthy workplace
  • National Standard on Psychological Safety resources and supports

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:30 – 12:00 noon
Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre, Grey Mountain Room

Seating is limited. Interested participants are asked to register at wcb.yk.ca.

Cultivating Positive Mental Health at Work is part of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board’s Workplace Solutions workshop series. It is presented in partnership with the Mental Health Association of the Yukon and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Attachments

Presenter biographies

 

Contact

Andrew Robulack
(867) 335-6040
andrew.robulack@gov.yk.ca

 

Presenter Biographies

Bonnie MacDonald, Mental Health Association of Yukon

Bonnie has dedicated her adult life to supporting individuals and families in building and nurturing relationship as the very foundation of all mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Starting in the Yukon in the 1980s as a family support worker and growing in the 1990s as a yoga teacher, Bonnie now facilitates groups throughout North America in the fields of mental health and social services. Her work with Mental Health Association of Yukon focuses on psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Sue Freeman, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Sue Freeman is a Program Manager at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) within the Communications group. She is responsible for developing and delivering workplace mental health facilitated workshops, managing the CCOHS Speakers Bureau Program, supporting business development activities, and managing projects.

With research interests centering on positive workplaces, Sue uses her background in experiential psychotherapy, emotional intelligence and positive psychology to help promote workplace issues. Sue is a seasoned facilitator and presenter and is also one of two appointed mental health champions at CCOHS with responsibilities that include implementing the CSA Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace at the Centre.  

Sue is a certified facilitator and has a Masters of Science-Marketing from the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Emma Nicolson, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Emma Nicolson is an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) with the Inquiries and Client Services team.

Emma provides workplace health and safety advice to employers, employees and government officials on a variety of topics such as mental health, ergonomics, building effective health and safety programs, health promotion and wellness initiatives, general safety, violence, and bullying in the workplace.

In her capacity as Occupational Health and Safety Technical Specialist, Emma works on various projects at the Centre such as researching and writing OSH Answers fact sheets, and providing client support for the Guarding Minds at Work web tool. Emma travels the country speaking on workplace mental health and is a media spokesperson for CCOHS. She is also widely involved in many of CCOHS’s internal initiatives, and is one of two appointed mental health champions at CCOHS with responsibilities that include implementing the CSA Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace at the Centre.  

Emma received both a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Post Graduate Degree Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management from the University of Western Ontario.