Understanding Psychological Health and Safety from a Disability Management Perspective

May 21, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMRoyal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person

A staggering fact is that one in three workplace disability claims are related to mental health problems. And it’s not likely coincidence that while 44% of employees say that they have experienced a mental health problem, only 23% would talk with their boss about it. In January 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released their recommendations “Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance in staged implementation”. While these recommendations are currently voluntary, it is becoming increasingly evident that employers have a legal responsibility to attend to the mental health of employees. From all angles, it makes sense to address mental health in the workplace. Come hear Dianne Drummond talk about this new language and add to your understanding of what you can do.

Dianne Drummond has worked in the addiction & mental health system for more than 25 years and with a graduate degree specializing in health promotion and prevention, has a unique appreciation for the importance of the factors that contribute to mental wellness. Known for her work in eating disorder prevention, Dianne most recently has been working in the area of reducing the stigma of mental illness. She has also been keenly monitoring new initiatives in Canada addressing psychological health and safety at work. Dianne currently chairs the local Edmonton Community Action Team for Partners for Mental Health, a new national group which organizes an annual workplace mental health campaign. She has also recently started her own consulting business to assist employers in addressing mental health at work. Dianne is an advocate for those living with mental illness, believing that even those living with mental illness can be healthy and lead productive lives.

Host: Donna McPherson, Great-West Life.

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