Education

This is a community-based program aimed at increasing community understanding of mental illness and issues impacting on mental health. The two main components of this program are community education and volunteer development.

Community Education
Presentations/workshops/seminars

Presentations are available on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, stress, depression, schizophrenia, myths of mental illness, suicide awareness and an overview of agency and community services. Workshops provided include two-day applied suicide intervention skills training, stress management, suicide intervention skills update training and consumer/family education. Seminars are generally offered during Mental Health Awareness Week in May and Mental Illness Awareness Week in October.

Information and Referral
This is a service to assist individuals in obtaining information on mental health or illnesses and support services appropriate to their needs. Our library offers a selection of books and videos on various mental illnesses and mental health concerns. Free pamphlets are also available upon request.

Community Development
Consultation is available to individuals, community groups and planning bodies interested in developing or improving current mental health services and supports within the County of Oxford.

Mental Health First Aid
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. You must be 18 years and older to attend this program.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Certificates are provided to attendees who complete 12 hours of training. CMHA Oxford hosts 3 to 4 MHFA Workshops each year. Cost is $175 for the 2 day training. Facilitators include Maureen Ralph and Christine Hillis.

Group rates and additional training dates for groups can be accommodated upon request. Please contact Mercedes Pitters or 519-539-8055 ext 211 if you have any questions.

ASIST® (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)
The ASIST workshop is for caregivers (professionals, volunteers, students and family members) who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop. The goal of ASIST is to enhance a caregiver’s abilities to assist a person at risk to avoid suicide. By completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner;
  2. Identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them;
  3. Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide;
  4. List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves;
  5. Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk and for caregivers.

Participants will receive an ASIST workbook and a Suicide First Aid Wallet Card.

CMHA Oxford in partnership with the Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre hosts 3 to 4 ASIST workshops each year. Cost for participants is $175 for the 2 day training. Facilitated by Janeen Donnor.

Group rates and additional training dates for groups can be accommodated upon request. Please contact Mercedes Pitters or 519-539-8055 ext 211 if you have any questions.

Safe Talk ®
SafeTALK, about three hours in duration, prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe.  Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.  Please contact Mercedes Pitters or 519-539-8055 ext 211 if you have any questions.

Addressing Compassion Fatigue
Suitable for helping professionals, first responders and caregivers.

Topics covered in this interactive workshop:

  • You will gain an understanding of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout
  • Discovering what are your particular symptoms of fatigue.
  • What personal and organizational practices that make you vulnerable to vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.
  • Evaluating your current self-care, and identifying triggers
  • Learn how to developing a personalized strategic plan for identifying and treating compassion fatigue
  • Learning how overcoming perfectionism and cultivating self-compassion can help to build your resiliency

This workshop is facilitated by Pat Baigent.  Please contact Mercedes Pitters or 519-539-8055 ext 211 if you have any questions.

Mental Health Works
Mental Health Works helps organizations to manage their duty to accommodate employees experiencing mental disabilities such as depression or anxiety in the workplace.  In many cases, employers are so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, that they say nothing.  This can lead to decreased productivity, lower morale, and conflict in the work environment.  We help employers respond immediately and appropriately when employees experience mental health problems and effectively manage performance and productivity issues.  It is founded on the belief that focusing on solutions around mental health issues in the workplace will benefit employers and employees alike.

Mental Health Works:

  • Provides workshops and presentations about mental health in the workplace, particularly the employer’s duty to accommodate and their need to manage the performance of employees with mental illness
  • Designs and delivers customized training
  • Provides consultation for complex accommodations and return-to-work plans
  • Delivers e-learning, information kits and other tools for employers
  • Offers free information for employers and employees at www.mentalhealthworks.ca

Mental Health Works helps organizations to manage their duty to accommodate employees experiencing mental disabilities such as depression or anxiety in the workplace. In many cases, employers are so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, that they say nothing. This can lead to decreased productivity, lower morale, and conflict in the work environment. We help employers respond immediately and appropriately when employees experience mental health problems and effectively manage performance and productivity issues. It is founded on the belief that focusing on solutions around mental health issues in the workplace will benefit employers and employees alike.

The profile of the program has grown steadily. Our “Complex Issues. Clear Solutions.” Management Workshop won the 2004 Canadian Award for Training Excellence in the External Training Category from the Canadian Society of Training and Development. Also in 2004, Mental Health Works was recommended as a remedy in a human rights case by the provincial human rights commission. Rather than simply penalizing the organization, the commission wanted Mental Health Works to provide positive changes in the organization’s ability to handle future accommodation issues.

Mental Health Works workshops and presentations are all delivered by trainers certified by CMHA Ontario.

Mental Health Works is an award-winning initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. It began in 2001 as a partnership research project involving the voluntary sector, government and business. In 2004 Mental Health Works began selling products and services to the business community and the response has been tremendous.

If you are interested in learning more about Mental Health Works or how you or your organization can get involved, contact our office or:

Mental Health Works
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Tel: 416-977-5580 ext. 4120
Email: info@nullmentalhealthworks.ca