Back to Work Checklist

Transitioning back to the workplace is on many Canadians’ minds as we focus on what will hopefully be a gradual recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, this will be a significant change in our routines, which can bring about unique stressors.

Embracing Experiences – Community Report

Embracing Experiences’ is an independent public report, sponsored and funded by CMHA-NL. At its heart are the words of 40 people with lived experience who were interviewed about their experiences with mental health and addictions services in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a summary of the full report.

Embracing Experiences – Full Report

Embracing Experiences’ is an independent public report, sponsored and funded by CMHA-NL. At its heart are the words of 40 people with lived experience who were interviewed about their experiences with mental health and addictions services in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the full report.

Embracing Experiences – Companion Documents

Embracing Experiences’ is an independent public report, sponsored and funded by CMHA-NL. These are the background documents for the project: Recruitment Poster, Consent Form, Interview Guide and Coding Definitions.

BounceBack®

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program effective in helping adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Participants can customize their own program, learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being now and in the future. Available to Newfoundland and Labrador residents in English and in French.

Feelings Wheel

A TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS

The Feeling Wheel can help people recognize and communicate what they are feeling. The inner circle is labeled with names of primary feelings (mad, sad, scared, joyful, powerful, and peaceful). The outer rings contain names of secondary feelings related to the primary ones. Use the Feelings Wheel, by Gloria Willcox, to describe how you’re feeling.

Self-Care Wheel

A TOOL FOR MANAGING STRESS AND ACHIEVING HAPPINESS

With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities, the Self-Care Wheel, by Olga Phoenix, is a great beginning for your personalized, preventative, and sustainable Self-Care plan. Use the Self-Care Wheel below to manage every-day stress, increase contentment and life satisfaction, and learn which areas of your life need improvement.

Self-Care Bingo

A TOOL TO HELP GUIDE SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

Self-care is considered any deliberate activity that supports our mental, emotional, and physical health. By taking time to care for yourself, you can better cope with anxiety and stress, and help improve your overall wellbeing. Additionally, when you take time to meet your own needs, you will be better able to care for others. Use these stackable bingo prompts to get started. Try one or all. Create your own. Start small. Remember: self-care is not selfish.

Self-Care Bingo: Workplace Edition

A TOOL TO HELP GUIDE SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

Self-care is considered any deliberate activity that supports our mental, emotional, and physical health. By taking time to care for yourself, you can better cope with workplace stressors and anxieties, and improve your overall wellbeing. Encouraging your workplace to opt in to self-care activities can help support employee productivity, retention and create a positive work environment for all. Use these stackable bingo prompts to get started. Try one or all. Create your own. Start small. Remember: self-care is not selfish.

Self-Esteem Journal

A TOOL TO HELP IMPROVE SELF-ESTEEM

Positive journaling has been found to help improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem. Record three daily statements related to your successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. This worksheet, by TherapistAid.com, is great for those who need ideas to journal about and has been designed with daily prompts, such as “Today I accomplished…” and “Something I did for someone…”.

Daily Self-Care Check-In Cards

A TOOL TO HELP GUIDE REGULAR SELF-CARE

Self-care is considered any deliberate activity that supports your mental, emotional, and physical health. When you take time to meet your own needs, you will be better able to care for yourself and others. Use the first card on this handout as a guide to get started. You can use the same prompts each day or create your own (Ex: today I… practiced gratitude; rode my bike; hugged my dog, etc.).

Support vs. ‘Toxic Positivity’

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

Offering someone ‘toxic positivity’ can often shut down the conversation by making them feel they shouldn’t share their ‘bad’ feelings. Supporting others through validation can let them know that their negative feelings are okay and they are not alone. The chart below, by Whitney Hawkins Goodman, LMFT, provides examples of validating statements versus toxic positivity. Which statement will have a more effective outcome for the person you are trying to support?

Safer Language Reference Guide

Combating stigma related to mental illness, suicide, and substance use starts with how we use language — something that continuously evolves. That’s why we must all be aware of any outdated language being used in the media and around us every day. Everyone can be a champion against stigma when advocating the use of accurate and respectful language. So, as you communicate with others, be mindful of the impact of your language.

Hello! I am a Virus…

View and print this handy information booklet to help teach children about COVID-19. Contains 12 brightly coloured pages and interactive sections.

Mental Health Leadership Award

Mental Health Leadership Award Information and Nomination Form – Submissions should be in the form of a letter outlining the suitability of the candidate for the award.

Coping With Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions in our lives that can cause feelings of stress and anxiety. These feelings are normal.

Mental Wellness While Working From Home

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled six suggestions for those working from home. While these cannot address all the underlying challenges, taking even a small step toward prioritizing mental wellness will mean you’re moving in the right direction.

Return to the Workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work

Use this guide to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to the workplace.

Helping Employees’ Mental Health Through Winter

With the challenges brought on by cold weather and the holiday season, winter can often be a difficult time. But with COVID-19, this year’s winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being. This mini-guide is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months. These resources may also be helpful for friends, family, and community members.

Map for Push for Mental Health

NL Community Food Program Info

This living document from Food First NL is updated regularly with community food sharing program details; retailers who operate accessibility hours for seniors, individuals who are immunocompromised, and people with disabilities; and information on Christmas and holiday hamper programs. Contact helpline@foodfirstnl.ca for the most up-to-date food security resources in NL.

Mental Health Apps

These apps are for your Windows, iOS, and Android devices and have been provided for information only. The information contained in these resources does not constitute, and should not be relied on, as professional advice. Always consult your health-care provider.

Gay & Suicidal: Sexual and Gender Minorities and Suicide

This toolkit has information on statistics, risk factors for suicide, protective factors, suggested resources, and more.

Plus 65: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Seniors

This toolkit contains statistics for suicide in seniors, risk factors, prevention, a case study, and more.

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