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Self-Care & Supporting Others

Below are a number of tools and resources that are available for staff; you may find these beneficial for yourself or useful for recommending to others.
Stress

BCAS CISM Peer Team

The BC Ambulance Services' Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Team is a group of paramedics specially trained to help defuse colleagues within the first 24 hours of experiencing a critical incident at work. If you are a paramedic and would like to discuss the emotional reactions you are having to a specific call, please contact the CISM Peer Team at 1-855-969-4321 (please note the new number). All calls are completely confidential.

Taking control of stress (e-course)

Learn key stress management skills, including: managing thinking and feelings, time management, increasing positive experiences, getting active, and relaxation.
 
To access the course, log into (or create a new account on) the Homewood website.

Log in to Homewood

More e-Courses related to stress management (e.g. resilience, time management, dealing with change) can be found in Online Training & Education.

Canadian Mental Health Association (general information) 

Resources for work-life balance including fact sheets, quizzes, resources and links.
 

Health Promotion Video Library 

The Health Promotion Video Library provides a curated list of short, informative health and wellness videos.  Available 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Access the Mental Health section of the library for videos on stress.

Guided relaxation techniques (podcasts)

Find guided audio and video clips to help you with common relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, visualization,  and muscle relaxation.
 
To access these podcasts, log into (or create a new account on) the Homewood website.
Depression & Mental Illness

Mental Health in the Workplace Workshops for Employees

This workshop was developed to provide employees with a better understanding, ability to identify and support themselves and other employees with depression, low mood and stress. It consists of two parts:

1) Introduction to Mental Health in the Workplace (Online)
This 60 minute module covers the signs and symptoms of depression, low mood and stress, the factors contributing to these, the impact of stigma and also an overview of some of the resources available to support employees.

This online module is available year round on the LearningHub and forms the pre-requisite to the in-person workshop.

2) Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop for Employees (In-class)
This is a 1.5 hour in person workshop designed to build on the knowledge you have gained from the eLearning module. Participants learn:

  • How mental health affects communication
  • The framework for Responding with Respect
  • Give you the opportunity to put theory into practice using case studies
  • An awareness of the services that are available to PHSA employees to support your mental health

Workshops can be requested by mangers and leaders and by emailing healthpromotion@phsa.ca for further information.

Mental Health in the Workplace: Supporting your Employees Workshops

This workshop was developed to assist leaders, supervisors & managers to better understand, identify and support employees with depression. It consists of two parts:
 
1) Introduction to Mental Health in the Workplace (Online)
This 60-minute, online module covers the signs and symptoms of stress, low mood, and depression; workplace risk factors; and the impact of stigma.
 
This online component can be completed at anytime from home or at work. Please register and complete the course via the LearningHub.
 
2) Mental Health in the Workplace: Supporting your Employees Workshop (In-class)
This 2-hour, in-person workshop builds upon the knowledge gained in the online module. Participants learn:
  • The factors that contribute to a healthy workplace
  • How to recognize signs of low mood and depression
  • Techniques to help you start a conversation with colleagues/employees about depression
  • Programs and resources available through PHSA that support workplace mental health
If you are aware of a group of supervisors, managers or leaders within your agency who would benefit from this workshop please contact healthpromotion@phsa.ca for more information. 

MindHealthBC

If you're struggling with depression, anxiety or anohter mental health or substance use condition, the last thing you need is to be overwhelmed when you're looking for help.  That's where MindHealthBC comes in.  This website makes it easy for you to get the infomration and resources you need to feeling better.

Visit MindHealthBC to get started. 

Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with mood problems in the workplace 

A self-care manual for staff who may be experiencing depression or low mood. This workbook allows individuals to work through activities and scenarios, learning strategies for managing low mood and depression. It focuses on three antidepressant skills: solving problems effectively, realistic thinking, and reactivating your life.
Download a copy of the manual.
 

Check Up from the Neck Up

Give yourself a mental health check-up with this confidential, anonymous online self-assessment tool. Using this tool, individuals can periodically "check up" on their mental health to help identify symptoms of depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder as a way of seeking support early on.
 
This assessment is provided by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario for all members of the public. There is no cost to use it and reassessments can taken as needed.
Get started now
 

Health Promotion Video Library 

The Health Promotion Video Library provides a curated list of short, informative health and wellness videos.  Available 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Access the Mental Health section of the library for videos on depression and anxiety.

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