(Ottawa, January 24, 2014) – On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Tim Simboli, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ottawa Branch will be available to speak to the media about ways people can improve and maintain their mental health in the workplace.
“Everyone in the workplace, at all levels, positions and roles can benefit from learning how to create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace,” said Dr. Simboli.
“It not only supports employee engagement, worker health and well-being, but also contributes to recruitment and retention, productivity, effective risk management and corporate social responsibility.”
CMHA’s series of workshops, “Complex Issues. Clear Solutions” equips managers with the awareness, understanding and tools to have effective conversations when employees are struggling. Details can be found here.
Bell Let’s Talk Day is a national initiative aimed at raising funds, increasing awareness, reducing stigma and changing people’s behaviours and attitudes about mental illnesses in communities across Canada.
“The increased profile around mental health issues created by Bell Let’s Talk Day gives us the opportunity to share information about the expertise, services and programs we provide in support of people living with mental illnesses or mental health issues,” said Dr. Simboli.
To keep the dialogue going, over the next few months CMHA Ottawa will be sharing personal stories of people living with mental illness on its website, launching on Let’s Talk Day. The first to be profiled will be artist Curtis Shaw, whose severe depression 11 years ago led him into a period of darkness and the loss of his sense of purpose.
The unlikely source of origami, however, would be part of his road to hope and recovery.
The Japanese art led Curtis into a career as an artist, encouraged by his participation in Moods Expressed, a CMHA-sponsored group that focuses on exhibiting, publishing and sales opportunities for practicing artists living with mental illness.
For more information on Curtis and Moods Expressed visit the Moods Expressed website.
For more information on mental health in the workplace or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Dr. Tim Simboli
Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa 613-552-1756 (Executive Assistant) firstname.lastname@example.org
The full press release can be accessed here.