Promoting Mental Health - Finding a Shared Language

Helpful 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.

Big White Wall
An online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programs and peer support.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Work/Life Balance
Find suggestions to help you balance your priorities and maintain optimum mental health both at home and in the workplace.
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. 

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.

Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

Learn how to get better sleep, be inspired, manage stress, and be a happier person.

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. 

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.

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.

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 wo

Work With Us
Wokplace-based program that supports Canadians living with depression and/or arthritis (password:partner2014)

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.

Anxiety Screening Tool
Take this quiz to measure your anxiety level. 

free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety

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

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

An evidence-informed guide to supporting people with depression in the workplace

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. 

Mood Disorders of Ontario
Offers free support programs to people across Ontario, and their families, who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. 


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.

 HHS Staff Mental Health Support employee-assistance
Password: MSSI
Phone: 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
8am-4pm Monday-Friday

HGH: 4 North, Room 415, Ext. 46307
JHCC: Room A0-60, Ext. 42314
MUMC: Room 1f-11, Ext. 75573
SPH: Basement Level West, Beside North Conference Room, Ext. 12204
WLMH: Basement Level, in Accounting office, 905-945-2253 Ext. 211

HHS Chaplains

Mental Health and Addictions Resources in Hamilton

Workplace Critical Incidents

Leaders can request free onsite crisis support through LifeWorks see CISM

Leader Resources

What to do immediately after a critical incident
Helping Employees in the Immediate Aftermath of a Critical Incident: Common psychological reactions
The importance of taking care of yourself 

Individual Resources
Coping After the Incident
Coping After a Critical Incident or Traumatic Event: Common reactions after a traumatic event



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

 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.

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.