Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness
How’s your mental health? The way you answer that question can vary. One day, you might describe it as “great.” But depending on what you’re experiencing, you might feel like you are struggling another time. You also may not feel comfortable being completely transparent about your mental health at times, especially when you feel like it’s low.
Stigma and Addiction
Our society is quite comfortable stigmatizing, condemning and assigning harsh moral judgement to people experiencing addiction. The stigma of addiction is often so debilitating, that people often hide their situations for fear of being discovered. It delays them from getting the help they need.
Vitality- Leading with Empathy and Supporting Employee Success
A top priority for most organizations and institutions is to look beyond traditional strategies for management development and recruitment to empower leaders so they are capable of making the company and the people within it thrive.
Homewood Health Life Lines- Children’s Mental Health: Technology and Cyberbullying
Today, digital technologies are everywhere. Technology has created some beautiful things, like communications assistive technology for children who don't use speech as their primary communication method.
Kickstart Your Wellness!
Wellness, it seems, is the next big thing that everyone must conquer. The past two years of pandemic upheaval have given people a chance to assess and reflect on their overall health and well-being, prompting a wellness renaissance. However, jumping on board with trends may lead to the actual value and understanding of wellness to become diluted by social chatter and marketing buzz.
Contribution Reminder for your Group RRSP!
Now is the time to make a final contribution to your group RRSP for a 2021 tax-deduction before the March 1st, 2022 deadline. Don’t forget- there are major advantages to saving within your Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan!
Overview of government benefit programs and parameters for 2022
Here are the 2022 parameters for some government programs in Canada that impact the administration or coverage provided by private benefits plans.
Preparing your Business for Post-Pandemic
Although we may not be in the position for businesses to reopen, workplaces must begin to consider what this post-pandemic work-life means for them and their employees. There is palpable anxiety about returning to old and familiar ways of working and engaging with others. The sense of worry is both natural and expected, and many people are currently experiencing it as they anticipate and engage in their return to work.
By taking a thoughtful approach to return to the physical workplace, organizations and their management teams can use readily available resources to make their post-pandemic plan comprehensible while considering employee’s limitations and concerns.
Teaching Inclusivity and Inclusive Language
Think of a time when someone conveyed a message to you that you didn’t belong. The rejection may have been deliberate or incidental. The experience might have happened a long time ago or been only moments old. Suppose you were asked to recall how you felt. In that case, your description might include emotional references to hurt feelings, being crushed, or even feeling heartbroken.
MENTAL HEALTH CHECKUP: PREPARING FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
A new year is nearly upon us. Traditionally, this is a time when many of us reflect on the previous year and make “resolutions,” or plans for the coming year. The stresses associated with the pandemic, including job losses; economic uncertainty; deaths of family members, friends or colleagues; burnout; restricted social interactions and the instability, uncertainty and fear have impacted the mental health of many.1
Supporting Employees With Disabilities
Over one billion people around the globe live with some form of disability.1 Even so, not all businesses are equipped to support persons with disabilities which, in many instances, impedes their ability to thrive within existing environments.
2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey
The Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey maps out key findings — including alignments and gaps between plan members and plan sponsors — in the key subject areas of person- al health, health benefits plans and the work environment. While the emphasis is on the impacts of the pandemic....
Supporting Those With Addiction
One of the often-overlooked challenges with addiction is that the addicted individual is not the only person impacted by the disease. Family and friends may encounter difficulty with the individual's pattern of behaviour, potentially escalating financial and legal problems, and even just the daily struggle of providing positive reinforcement and support.
Surviving another September
September always ushers a whirlwind of change into our lives that make it notoriously one of the most stressful months of the year. As long summer light fades earlier and temperature shifts signal to foliage that the end of the growing season is near, people start to ramp up their activities. September tends to be frantic. We shrug off those relaxed summertime vibes and focus on getting back to routines and structured activities. This year, you may notice that with the arrival of sweater weather and back-to-school backpacks, there isn’t the same hint of exuberance as in years past. There’s a good reason for that.
Workplace equity is the fair treatment for employees in every facet of life regardless of their gender expression, race, disability, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or age.
Equity ensures removing any chances of discrimination in the workplace, and it doesn’t necessarily translate to equal treatment for all, though it does promote an individual’s right to be different. Equity in the workplace makes sure people are given equal opportunities, equal pay and are accepted and respected for their differences. Equity is about creating an inclusive and conducive work environment where employees feel secure and happy. The two primary aims of equity are diversity and inclusion.
IDENTIFYING PREJUDICE AND RACIAL INJUSTICE
We’re all humans with different viewpoints and experiences that have influenced identities, our interactions, and our beliefs. It’s a natural part of life that we enjoy gathering and socializing with other like-minded individuals. It’s also normal for our human brains to want to organize...
OVERCOMING FINANCIAL FATIGUE AND CONCERN
Starting a new calendar year can be exciting and refreshing, but it can also be stressful. January 1st typically brings renewed motivation with the gift of a clean slate and the desire for a promising year ahead. It’s often fulfilled with a focus on healthy eating and exercise to get back on track after the holiday season's indulgence. But January can also be full of transitions that can influence anxiety and concern.
Holiday Stress and Anxiety Prevention
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this year's celebrations and customs will be different and difficult for many. Typically, we head into the season, looking forward to social gatherings with friends, family, neighbours and co-workers. We share meals and take part in a host of other traditions. This season, we are unable to celebrate in our traditional ways and without our favourite practices. However, it's important not to cancel all events, remember you may celebrate with close family and/or friends with strict adherence to established guidelines set by government and health authorities. You may also connect virtually with those outside your immediate circle...
Diversity and Inclusion: A Beginners Guide to the Holidays.
Whether it has been the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, prejudicial injustice, environmental events such as fires and floods, or dramatic politics, 2020 has been a year of unique challenges and one for the record books, worldwide. We've seen and experienced social tensions unfolding in real-time with protests focused on supporting equality and justice for those oppressed and the illumination of the work that remains undone or the concerns not yet addressed. We need to appreciate our differences to find harmony in our workplaces and our communities.
We’re sharing some ideas about how to recognize those stressors at this time of year, not just in ourselves but also in the people we care about; how we can move through the month feeling well supported; and how the COVID-19 pandemic has and is affecting our mental health. Perhaps we need to re-evaluate how we don’t just survive the month, but thrive
The Importance of Sleep
Quality sleep – the kind that makes you look refreshed and feeling energized – is exactly what the doctor ordered. In fact, sleep is as important to your health as diet, nutrition and exercise.
Mental Health Navigator
Are you struggling or feeling overwhelmed? Are you concerned because you feel your condition isn’t improving or your treatment isn’t working? The Best Doctors Mental Health Navigator can help you feel more like yourself again.
GUIDE TO COVID-19: GOVERNMENT RELIEF PROGRAMS IN CANADA
The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,475 for each eligible employee to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.
• Eligible employers include individuals, partnership, non-profit organization, registered charity or Canadian controlled private corporation.
COVID-19: How to speak to children
As the COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve with increasing measures from federal and provincial governments to curb the spread and risk of infection within our personal communities, many of us are faced with extended school closures and growing inquiries from inquisitive children.
On behalf of Homewood Health, PBC has release the latest Life Lines Issue, on the topic of Financial Stress.
Nearly 1/3 of Canadians spend about one hour each day worrying about their finances.1 Financial worries often top the list of people’s concerns, even more than thinking about their health.2 It may not be surprising given the world we live in today. Uncertainty concerning economic conditions, cost of living, growth in salaries, and the increasingly precarious nature of work create vulnerability and uneasiness.
New Mental Health Support programs released by RBC Insurance:
Managing a mental health issue in your life can be overwhelming, whether it is your own or that of a loved one. We understand and are here to support you. With a comprehensive range of options available connect with us and we'll help guide you to the support that's right for you - from digital wellness programs, to virtual counselling services, to in-person sessions in your community and more.
Desjardins Financial has created a FAQ page dedicated to COVID-19:
FAQ - Group insurance - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Sun Life - information on dealing with COVID and the financial markets
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your savings plan: What can you do about it?
It’s emotional to see the markets drop amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But depending on your personal situation, you may want to stay invested. Here’s why.Read More
How does coronavirus affect your savings?
Has all the talk around coronavirus or COVID-19 got you worried? On top of becoming a serious global health issue and causing travel problems across the world, it's also been linked to market volatility. But what does that mean for you as an investor? Here's a quick breakdown.Read More
Empire Life COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In Canada, Federal and Provincial governments have taken significant steps to control and contain the spread of the virus and businesses are faced with a rapidly changing environment. Click below to find Covid-19 Resources from Empire Life
Pacific Blue Cross COVID-19 Resource Centre
We want to keep you and your family safe, heathy and informed. We’ve put together some information on COVID-19 (the new coronavirus), how to protect against it, and what you should do if you become ill while you’re at home or abroad.
Tips for dealing with market volatility
When markets go down, our instincts tell us we should do something. We are inclined to panic and sell our investments or stop contributing altogether. But is that the best approach? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you deal with market volatility.
In every type of job, eventually, we will experience significant loss either personal, professional or both, and therefore, grief. The grief may result from death in an individual's family, or it may be the death of a coworker or employer. It may be the loss of employment, either from a single dismissal or a significant restructuring and lay off of workers. Whatever the source, the resulting grief can end up being problematic and disruptive to the ecosystem of the workplace
The Many Faces of Anxiety
Anxiety, regardless of a person’s psychological or biological makeup, is highly common. Although it can be triggered by a specific event, such as a trauma or stressful situation, anxiety can also present as a consistent theme in a person’s life, creating challenges in daily activities or interactions.
Despite the debilitating symptoms that anxiety can lead to, it is treatable. With the support of friends and family, as well as a combination of counselling, self-care techniques, and a doctor’s advice, people with anxiety can lead healthier, happier lives.
If you’re suffering from anxiety, support from EFAP providers, physicians, and primary care practitioners is crucial. Here are the facts you need to know...
Focus on Mental Health: Let's keep the conversation going
When it comes to improving mental health, conversation is key. Creating awareness of mental health issues through a continual dialogue helps to fight social stigma and promote the importance of access to quality care.
The BC Women’s Health Foundation report, In Her Words: Women’s Experience with the Healthcare System in British Columbia, shines a spotlight on women’s health and experiences with the health care system, including mental health.
New report reveals health care needs of 1 in 3 BC women are not being met
In Her Words: Women’s experience with the healthcare system in BC, commissioned by the BC Women’s Health Foundation and sponsored by Pacific Blue Cross, sheds light on the invisible barriers faced by women of all ages and socio-economic conditions in all four corners of our province...