Promoting Mental Health - Finding a Shared Language

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or illness. The ability to identify the things that cause you stress and develop strategies to deal with them can help improve the quality of your life. With a healthy mind, you're in a better state to cope with normal life stressors, work productively and enjoy all life has to offer.


10 Healthy Habits for Mental Fitness
While there is growing awareness of the role that the workplace plays in affecting our mental wellness, there are steps we can take towards promoting our own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress - a process referred to as mental fitness. Check out the poster and hang in your area as a visual reminder to practice mental fitness. 

By actively practicing mental fitness, we can elevate our health and work performance, while effectively managing varying levels of stress:

  1. SCHEDULE "me-time"daily. 
  2. REWARD yourself. 
  3. PLAY to your strengths. 
  4. ASK for and OFFER help. 
  5. DE-STRESS your diet. 
  6. PRESS pause once in a while - downtime is good. 
  7. GET regular physical activity. 
  8. SET goals and stay on target with a journal. 
  9. PRACTICE relaxation techniques and get enough sleep. 
  10. CHOOSE a positive attitude.

Work With Us Online Resources:

Here are some helpful links filled with information and resources that can help to reduce your stress, get a better night's sleep, and other tips for your mental well-being.

  • Stress Strategies: Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Pfizer, this site features a comprehensive section of various stressors and specific strategies to manage and overcome them, along with real life stories and videos. 

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Your Employee Assistance Program is available to help you through challenging times.
  • Mindful Employer: Mindful Employer Canada is a not-for-profit social enterprise launched by Mary Ann Baynton in appreciation for the employers, union reps, and managers across Canada who strive to support employees with mental health concerns. It provides a way to show their commitment to supporting employee and workplace mental health.
  • Check Up From the Neck Up: This simple, online, private, mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder so you can get help if you need it.  
  • Helpguide’s mission is to provide you and your family with mental health information you can trust. The site offers expert, ad-free resources to empower you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices. Helpguide believes that with support and self-help options, you can understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges. 
  • Mood Disorders of Ontario: Offers free support programs to people across Ontario, and their families, who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. 
  • Guarding Minds at Work (GM@W): GM@W is a unique and free, comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace.
  • Working Through It: a series of videos designed to speak directly to people struggling with mental health issues. Real people share their experiences of working through times of mental health pressures at work, off work and returning to work
  • Greatist:  Learn how to get better sleep, be inspired, manage stress, and be a happier person.

Colleague in Crisis? 

Providing Support to a Staff Member Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

While at work you may encounter a staff member experiencing a mental health crisis. Here are some suggested actions you can take and resources you can recommend to provide support:

Recommended Actions

  • Please read the Mental Health First Aid Guidelines: "Providing Mental Health First Aid to a Co-Worker"
  • Ask the staff member if he/she would like to talk to someone
  • Take him/her to a quiet place
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage the staff member to get appropriate professional help
  • Ask if they would like you to make the initial call for them

Sources of Support for a Staff Member Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis: 

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): (ID: HHSC; Password: MSSI); or call toll-free, 24/7: 1-888-521-8300 
  • COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 905-972-8338 - 24/7 free and confidential support for those experiencing a mental health crisis in Hamilton - Crisis Line 24 hrs 
  • Employee Health Services at work
  • HHS Chaplains 
  • Mental Health Resources - list of services and websites

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines and Resources:

These mental health first aid guidelines consist of first aid actions that can be helpful for those developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Click on each topic to learn more:

More Hamilton Resources: 

Mental Health and Addictions Resources in Hamilton

Helpful Resources

Depression & Mood Disorders

Antidepressant Skills at Work
A self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health and addiction.

Antidepressant Skills Workbook
The Antidepressant Skills Workbook gives an overview of depression, explains how it can be effectively managed according to the best available research, and gives a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression.

Dealing With Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens
Dealing with Depression is a workbook for teens that explains depression and teaches three main antidepressant skills you can use to help overcome or prevent it.

Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond
This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond; and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyles behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.


Coping With Suicidal Thoughts
This resource is intended for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or have had a plan or made an attempt to hurt themselves. The document is designed to offer resources, information, support, and practical steps to help cope with suicidality.

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide
This is a guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide.


Positive Coping with Health Conditions, A Self-Care Workbook
This is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to coping with health conditions. This manual is designed for individuals who deal with health conditions, including patients, physicians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and researchers.

What is the single most important thing you can do for your stress?

Check out the You Tube video Dr. Mike Evans produced that provides practical information about managing stress.