Vuteq Canada team members came together as a community in January 2020 to raise awareness around mental health. The annual event on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Wednesday, January 29, also raised $3,000.00 for Oxford County Walk-In Counselling. Team members knew this was about more than raising funds, as information and resources were shared as well.
Emma Sternamen, Human Resource Health & Safety Co-Op Student at Vuteq Canada, helped to organize the event this year. “[It] felt important to me to spread the awareness and make sure people are more aware of what they can get help from. Spread the word to people that they know if they do need help then they know where to go and the different opportunities.
“People have the information available,” added Shelby South, Orientation Trainer with Vuteq Canada. “Sometimes the [person] dealing with mental health doesn’t have the resources or they don’t feel comfortable going to a booth or taking a pamphlet. This way their family member can take that pamphlet, take it home and support them that way as well.”
Staying fit for work is often about more than being physically able to do the job, it’s also about taking care of your mental health. The Mental Health Commission of Canada says that in any given week, 500,000 Canadians do not go to work due to a psychological health issue. This impact is something that Human Resources Assistant Ellen Hargreaves knows can be greater than the team member alone. “Sometimes its your family members that kind of that weighs on you or can take a toll on yourself,” Hargreaves says, adding “it’s important for team members to know that Vuteq as a company backs that up and supports these organizations and fundraisers. It’s important to Vuteq as a whole because our team members are everything. We can’t have a business without our team members.”
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