Learning how to deal with the challenging feelings the COVID-19 pandemic can cause. Psychologist Dr. Deanne Simms with the Canadian Mental Health Association explores how the pandemic is playing out on people’s mental health and how to ease the strain.
Managing Your Mental Health in a Pandemic
Employment Lawyer Ryan Watkins explores the implications for workplaces when it comes to illnesses like Coronavirus / COVID-19. He explains how to best plan ahead and help maintain workplace wellness for all.
Effectively Responding to Illness Outbreaks at Work
Waking Up to Workplace Fatigue
From the importance of food on mental health to childhood trauma’s impact on brain development, our various guests have shared many valuable insights in 2019. We listen back to the top five takeaways from the year, to get you ready for 2020.
Takeaways to Take into 2020
Leading Through Personal Values
Creating a psychologically safe work environment is a challenge that takes leadership commitment and courage from everyone in the organization. When things don’t go as planned, workplace investigations can be a part of creating healthy and strong job sites. Bob Stenhouse shares how fostering courage in all staff benefits an organization’s well-being and bottom line.
Abuse and neglect can change how the brain develops early in life. Dr. Bruce Perry shares why traumatic experiences alter the biology of a child’s brain and how relationships can help with healing.
Childhood Trauma Shapes the Brain
The established trust between work colleagues can be the best starting place when addressing mental health issues in the workplace. The Grande Prairie Suicide Prevention Centre’s Shane Anderson shares how best to get talking about mental health.
The Importance of Asking a Coworker About Mental Health
Boundaries are not about shutting people out; they provide clarity and can help build trust. Marriage and family therapist, Kirsten Kachuk, explains how to understand and integrate healthy boundaries into everyday life and work.
Creating Connection by Establishing Boundaries
Ensuring the workplace is safe from psychological hazards is vital for a healthy workplace. Alberta Bullying Research, Resources and Recovery Centre’s Linda Crockett shares how to build a job environment free of bullying.
The Psychological Hazard of Bullying in the Workplace
Habits can boost or hamper productivity. Chiropractor and wellness consultant, Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp shares tips on how to go from just being interested in altering your behaviour to truly committing and implementing new habits, detailed in her book Hack Your Health Habits.
Hack Your Habits
Workplaces can actually help those healing from an addiction. But the job site needs to be recovery-informed in order to benefit everyone, says Dr. Ray Baker. This addiction medicine specialist with more than 30 years in the field explains how and why.
Recovery-friendly Workplaces are Healthy Workplaces
Boost Productivity with Self Care
Eating for whole health can be lost when concentrating on weight loss or physical fitness. Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a Professor Emerita at the Cumming School of Medicine (University of Calgary) explains the importance of eating for mental health.
Nutrition in Mind
Factoring in Failure for Success
Canada’s first female infantry officer, Sandra Perron, continues to use her military experience as she trains business leaders and employees to focus on Trauma Informed Care and support. She shares the way trauma affected her and how she mobilizes her PTSD to help others.
Mobilizing Mental Health with Trauma in Mind
Providing support for survivors of sexual assault, isn’t one size fits all. Monika Penner, a register provisional psychologist at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) shares how coworkers, friends and family can help, not hinder, the healing process.
Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors in Their Healing
30% of Lyme Disease sufferers don’t get the distinctive bullseye rash when they’re infected. Voices of Canadians about Lyme Disease (VOCAL)’s Lesley Fleming outlines the challenges of getting a diagnosis and treatment, when the symptoms experienced only mirror that of the flu or other common ailments.
The Emotional and Physical Impact of Lyme Disease
Cannabis will become legal across Canada in October 2018. Curious about the impacts this will have on the country’s youth, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Calgary, Dr. Jacqueline Smith led a study. She joins us to explain the findings and how they apply across the nation.
How Young Canadians Use Cannabis
Veterinarian Dr. Lianna Titcombe explains the substantial process required by some to grieve the death of a beloved family member – the pet. She explains how to best support a bereaved pet owner at work and at home.
Real Grief: The True Impact of Losing a Beloved Companion Animal
The loud talker, the over-sharer, the control freak – when do annoying habits become too much and management needs to intervene? Attorney Matthew Certosimo knows and shares – from his book, Just Cause: The Law of Summary Dismissal in Canada.
Can Annoying Behaviour Be Grounds for Termination?
Retire to something, not from something – it’s the new approach to transitioning away from working life, that The Retirement Education Centre‘s Av Lieberman discusses with his clients. He shares how to successfully prepare for this important next phase in life.
Not Your Grandparents’ Retirement: How to Effectively Plan Your Future Years
The mental impact of the workplace is at the core of Dr. Martin Shain‘s work. Although he’s been championing safe workplaces throughout his career and contributed to the creation of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety, he feels there’s still more to do. He shares what Canadian workplaces have accomplished and what’s left unfinished.
The Mental Impact of the Job: Cultivating Psychologically Safe Workplaces
Cancer and Work
Diabetes is a family disease. Managing it effectively works when the whole family is engaged in learning why this disease was not epidemic to our ancestors. Certified Diabetes Educator, Devon Guy, shares how members of the Tsuut’ina Nation, southwest of Calgary, Alberta, are addressing this chronic condition. What she’s learned has potential implications for all Canadians.
Managing Diabetes: What Our Ancestors Have to Teach Us about Our Health
Effective management of mental health issues and chronic conditions can bring benefits to the workplace. Judy Plotkin, a certified trauma counsellor and the Vice President of Strategy and Growth at ReedGroup Canada, explains how bridging the gap between the business world and social work uncovers the value of accommodating disabilities at work.
The Value of Disability Management in the Workplace
Many people don’t think or care about disability coverage until they need it. Insurance broker Dave Patriarche outlines how employees and employers can protect themselves.
Making Sure You’re Covered: The Importance of Disability Insurance
Denis Garand knows medical coverage varies widely and wildly across the globe as he’s consulted and advised insurance regulators in more than 30 countries. He shares his understanding of the global landscape of health insurance and how Canada’s measures up.
A Global Perspective: Not All Health Insurance is Created Equal
Public service is at the heart of everything Dr. Charles Jago does. From starting the Northern Medical Program to being President at University of Northern British Columbia, he’s kept community as his focus throughout. He shares how and why.
Building a Career by Serving the Community
Everything is emotional – even on the job. Leadership development specialist David Cory explains why all issues organizations face stem from emotions, and how to cultivate emotional intelligence (or « emotional quotient » – EQ) to address them.
Cultivating Emotional Intelligence on the Job
Coping When Grief Shows Up at Work
Chronic conditions impact people both physically and mentally. The majority of Canadians are affected by a chronic health condition, either personally or indirectly. With his focus on inflammatory arthritis, Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy helps his patients navigate life with long-term ailments. He shares how to manage while living (and working) with a serious condition.
Managing Life with a Chronic Condition
What we know about productivity (or we think we know) hasn’t kept up with technology on the job. Workplace coach, Hugh Culver outlines how people can embrace new ways to boost productivity.
Productivity Down? Smartphones and Emails Aren’t the Enemy
Fostering humour in the workplace can build trust, creativity and productivity and even lower employee turnover rate. Workplace consultant and author of the The Humor Advantage, Michael Kerr explains how having a laugh can impact all aspects of a business.
Have a Laugh! How Humour Helps Build a Positive and Productive Workplace
Space travel has made Dr. Robert Thirsk well equipped for life here on planet Earth. The seasoned astronaut, physician, mechanical engineer and University of Calgary chancellor explains how he’s built his career through resiliency and self-management.
How to Thrive on Earth - Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk Discusses Resiliency
Businesses are made up of people and managing them well is essential for success. Terri Harrison, co-founder of tap Strategy and HR Consulting explains how a business – no matter how small or new – can plan for their people.
Human Resources - A Necessity, Not Luxury for Business Success
Eating disorders are not just a teenage phase. They can impact anyone, and at any age. Dr. Joan Johnston, a Canadian physician specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, shares the complexities of this illness and how recovery is possible.
Beyond the Stereotypes - The Power of Eating Disorders
Bouncing back after personal or professional hardship can be challenging. Canadian Senator Scott Tannas shares how to cultivate resiliency, from his experience facing the devastation of his home, business and community by a massive flood in 2013.
Life and Work - Experience in Resiliency
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mike Pietrus discusses the price employers and employees pay when mental health at work is ignored.
The Cost of Doing Nothing about Mental Health in the Workplace
Caring for the Caregiver
Recent Canadian surveys indicate that as many as 1 in 6 teenagers between grades 7 and 12 are using prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes. In our fifth episode, Addicted Teens – How Adolescent Brains Are Hijacked, we speak with Dr. Jackie Smith of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre.
Addicted Teens - How Adolescent Brains Are Hijacked
Caring for an aging loved one is a very real possibility for all of us, as more than 1 in every 6 Canadians is now 64 or older. Audrey Miller from Elder Caring Inc. shares her expertise on how to help parents transition when more assistance is needed.
Role Reversal - Caring for Aging Parents
It’s nearly impossible to have a healthy workplace if the boss doesn’t encourage it. Benefits by Design (BBD)’s Mike McClenahan, knows firsthand the importance of becoming a healthy employer and he shares what he’s learned.
Healthy Employers Create Healthy Workplaces
The hard but necessary questions to ask when a loved one has thoughts of suicide. Mara Grunau and Robert Olsen of The Centre for Suicide Prevention get frank about what words and services can truly help.
Preventing Suicide - The Right Questions to Ask
The health of a business and its people is about much more than installing a staff room foosball table or paying for employee gym memberships. Leading workplace health and safety consultant Dr. Graham Lowe explains.