York University received a three-year grant in 2008 to launch a peer-to-peer mentoring program for students with Asperger’s syndrome. This mentoring program offers renewed hope for students with Asperger and others mental health challenges. Asperger Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), although Asperger’s Syndrome can be first detecting in childhood, many individuals are not diagnosed until well into adolescence or adulthood.
Talking about mental health is the first step in making a difference in the lives of all Canadians. Get the conversation started with our Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit that’s full of telling facts, compelling information, and simple tools from some leading health experts. Show your support for mental health and spread the word about Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013. You can download individual parts of the 2013 toolkit below, or download it all by clicking here. You can also make a request to have a printed toolkit sent to you by completing the form at the bottom of the page.
Charting the Course: Mapping the Career Practitioner Role in Supporting People with Mental Health Challenges
Supported by a CERIC research grant the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) in collaboration with Neasa Martin & Associates, has developed a province-wide engagement, education and transformation strategy targeting career counsellors, educators and policy planners to share best practices, improve career counselling access and service delivery. Employment success requires addressing the stigma people experience in accessing the services they need to enter, retain their foothold in the workforce, or return to competitive employment after a leave of absence.
Information and resources on how to find and retain employment if you are struggling with a mental illness.
The benefits of work on both mental and physical health are well documented; yet mental illness is now the largest category of occupational ill health. This page lists research and resources regarding mental health and employment.
Youth Employment Services YES is excited to provide Employment Agencies with a workshop curriculum package that has been developed to help Employment Specialists better support youth living with mental health issues seek and maintain employment. This package provides resources and tools for Employment Specialists who are looking to expand their programming and adapt their practices to better serve youth with mental health issues – covering topics such as: basic mental health, how to best adapt employment service practices to fit the needs of youth living with mental illness, and how to prepare youth living with mental health issues for new employment – an often challenging period of transitions and lifestyle changes for them. The main goals of this resource are to: Provide Employment Counselors with a basic understanding of mental health as well as the knowledge of how employment and the mental illness recovery process are related. Provide Employment Agencies/Counselors with tips and best practices on how to create an open and supportive environment for youth living with mental health issues. Provide Employment Counselors with six pre-employment workshops that have been specifically created to help prepare youth living with mental health issues seek and maintain employment successfully.
Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is a unique and free, comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace. GM@W resources allow employers to effectively assess and address the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line.
Hope. Dignity. Inclusion. The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice is the first comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery in practice and promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program and practice level. The release of the Guidelines is another significant milestone in taking action on Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
Provides information to help workplaces increase their understanding and recognition of mental health issues at work, address existing issues, develop and implement approaches to promote mental health at work, and find resources and tools on a range of related topics.
A comprehensive and detailed website with articles related to mental health and aging. Topics include: depression, stress, mental illness, healhy eating, memory and fitness and aging issues.