Let’s talk about it

By Wolf Klassen, VP Program Support
Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General Hospital
In the hustle and bustle of your busy day, I want you to try something.
Pause. Take a breath and look around for a moment.
Chances are someone you know or work with lives with, or is affected by a mental health condition.
Here’s a rough “By the Numbers” look at mental health illness in Canada:
• Each week 500,000 Canadians call in sick as a result of mental illness;
• Today 1/5 Canadians live with a mental health condition;
1 in every 2 Canadians will be affected by mental illness before age 40.
As you know, at MGH, we’re committed to providing the best patient-centred care to our community. And in order for us to accomplish this, we need to ensure you are all mentally and physically healthy. A mentally and physically healthy staff is one of the foundations of great care.
When we design and deliver staff wellness programs, we know and understand that wellness must reach beyond the gym door to our frontlines. From training and development, sustainable support programs, like Compassion Fatigue and Emotional Intelligence, councils for collaboration and innovation, opportunities to contribute to the way we work empowers our staff.
It enriches us. It enriches our culture.
At MGH, we understand the importance of social connection.
We strive to build a culture of support and we continue to be a leader among our peers nationally and in Ontario.
On January 27th we will celebrate a culture of reaching out- of talking about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk is a day to engage in a national conversation about mental illness.
So…let’s talk about it. And let’s continue this conversation. Every day.
Every time someone stays silent, stigma wins.
A lot of your colleagues are already talking about it. Are you? Have a watch here.
We all owe it to our families, fellow staff members and to our patients.
To join the conversation go to #BellLetsTalk. Also, come to the entrance of the Café on Four on Wednesday, January 27 between 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to have your say and join the rest of your colleagues in the national conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

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