Employee Mental Health and Wellness Survey

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One in five Canadians experiences a mental health issue or illness each year; however, only about 30% seek help because of the stigma (prejudice and discrimination) attached to mental health problems. They feel embarrassed or ashamed and they worry that they will be judged and misunderstood. It is important to know that there are services that can help. And the earlier someone gets help, the less chance that the problem will come back or get worse.

Here are some resources that you, or your loved ones, may find helpful:

Every community has a Child and Youth Mental Health office operated through the Ministry of Child and Family Development. This is a free service offered to anyone who needs support for a minor aged 2 to 17 in counselling, psychological assessment or related referrals. Information can be found at the following website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/cymh_clinic_list.pdf

Your health benefits plan has counsellors available through the Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) program who can provide support for both you and your dependents. Go to login.lifeworks.com and enter User ID: health and the Password: Support. Click on Life in the main menu to access hundreds of articles, eBooks, infographics, audio recordings, tool kits and more. You can also chat live with a consultant. Log-in information to LifeWorks is also available on your GroupHEALTH OneCard (this is the card you present at the pharmacy and at the dentist).

Isolating behaviours that are worsening (example – not leaving one’s bedroom in a week) should be taken seriously and may need more immediate assessment. This includes ageing parents and seniors as well as youth. Resources available include:

Kids Help Phone (confidential telephone or text based counselling for youth) https://kidshelpphone.ca/need-help-now-text-us/

1-800 SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for thoughts of suicide, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

SENIORS DISTRESS LINE 604-872-1234 (retirement, stress, relocation, grief and loss, mental and emotional health)

YOUTH IN BC – online crisis response for youth up to 25 years old https://youthinbc.com

CRISIS CENTRE CHAT – online crisis service for adults (over 25 years) https://crisiscentrechat.ca

One in five Canadians experiences a mental health issue or illness each year; however, only about 30% seek help because of the stigma (prejudice and discrimination) attached to mental health problems. They feel embarrassed or ashamed and they worry that they will be judged and misunderstood. It is important to know that there are services that can help. And the earlier someone gets help, the less chance that the problem will come back or get worse.

Here are some resources that you, or your loved ones, may find helpful:

Every community has a Child and Youth Mental Health office operated through the Ministry of Child and Family Development. This is a free service offered to anyone who needs support for a minor aged 2 to 17 in counselling, psychological assessment or related referrals. Information can be found at the following website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/cymh_clinic_list.pdf

Your health benefits plan has counsellors available through the Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) program who can provide support for both you and your dependents. Go to login.lifeworks.com and enter User ID: health and the Password: Support. Click on Life in the main menu to access hundreds of articles, eBooks, infographics, audio recordings, tool kits and more. You can also chat live with a consultant. Log-in information to LifeWorks is also available on your GroupHEALTH OneCard (this is the card you present at the pharmacy and at the dentist).

Isolating behaviours that are worsening (example – not leaving one’s bedroom in a week) should be taken seriously and may need more immediate assessment. This includes ageing parents and seniors as well as youth. Resources available include:

Kids Help Phone (confidential telephone or text based counselling for youth) https://kidshelpphone.ca/need-help-now-text-us/

1-800 SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for thoughts of suicide, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

SENIORS DISTRESS LINE 604-872-1234 (retirement, stress, relocation, grief and loss, mental and emotional health)

YOUTH IN BC – online crisis response for youth up to 25 years old https://youthinbc.com

CRISIS CENTRE CHAT – online crisis service for adults (over 25 years) https://crisiscentrechat.ca