Creating a mental health first-aid kit

…But where’s the first-aid kit for mental health emergencies? And what would that even look like? Lisa Couperthwaite, a clinical psychologist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, noted that a kit in this sense consists of training for employees in how to help someone experiencing a mental health issue. We, in effect, are the Band-Aids. “With mental health first aid, it’s much more about the interpersonal interaction between people and the informal support that our colleagues provide,” she said, speaking at a panel discussion on mental health issues in the workplace sponsored by The University of New Brunswick. The panel was part of The Globe and Mail’s Human Resources summit: Solving Workplace Challenges in the Modern Economy held June 21. The summit also hosted the presentation of the 2017 Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, which recognizes companies that put the health and wellness of their employees first, which was co-created by The Globe and human resources consulting firm Morneau Shepell…

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