A Healthy Workplace - B. Rakewich
Published: February 05, 2018
This morning during our monthly HSE meeting we held an open session with all staff in attendance to identify, understand, and manage stress in the workplace. The outcome of the session was the identification of 20+ sources of workplace stress, ranging from long hours to the daily commute to the economy. However, even more coping mechanisms were brought forward which included taking micro-breaks, removing distractions, unplugging from devices, going outside, daily exercise, and seeking professional help. The session proved to be effective in starting the conversation for some - and maintaining the conversation for others – and continues our path forward with the overall goal of maintaining a healthy workplace.
Mental Health - T. Anderson
Published: January 31, 2018
Let’s Talk – by Senior Project Manager Tawnya Anderson
Mental health is awkward and difficult to talk about. It is that elephant in the room. It is feeling alone. It is tears, frustration and anger. It is feeling like your own worst enemy. Mental health is many different things to different people - but one thing for certain is that it can affect anyone. It does not discriminate. Even so, it does not have to be stigmatized.
My personal experience is that mental health is also talking, listening, and holding space to be kind to yourself and others. It is about sharing your concerns, fears, and struggles and in doing so, learning that you are not as alone as you thought. Mental health is learning about you and how to take care of you. It is about learning to listen without judgements; toward yourself and toward others.
Mental health is so many different things and as a friend put it to me, if you had something wrong with your toe you would go and see a doctor. So why would it be any different for mental health when it involves a far more complex organ?
Help lift the stigma #BellLetsTalk