Are you tired of boring lunch and learn presentations? Especially when it comes to workplace health?
The ‘Starts With Me‘ approach
A personal, family, and relationship perspective from people who’ve been there. We provide real-life examples of what mental health, illness, addiction, recovery, and well-being mean and how they apply to people’s lives. Whether or not you have a mental health problem, it’s essential to cultivate well-being and resilience to flourish through the ebbs and flows of life.
Reading scripts, case-studies, statistics, information heavy, delivered through the lens of the service provider or mental health care organization.
Most workplace mental health initiatives don’t leverage this evolutionary process to engage their employees. The status quo focuses on information, data, and case studies as the method for instruction. This approach has utility, but we think it misses the mark and is void of a deeper meaning that humans crave.
“Stories can be a way for humans to feel that we have control over the world. They allow people to see patterns where there is chaos, meaning where there is randomness.” ATLANTIC – The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling’ Cody C. Delistraty
Once we’ve set the stage for why the content is relatable to our audience, we explore what it means and what it looks like in people’s lives. We demystify the concepts and make it relevant. What we deliver is meaningful and useful whether or not you have direct experience with mental health issues. We differentiate mental health from mental illness; we look into addiction and behavioural problems and how much that can vary from person to person or culture to culture.
The statistics for workplace mental health are hugely problematic for our economy, the profits of corporations, and the efficiency of our government institutions.
77% of Canadians would not feel comfortable talking about mental health issues at their workplace. CMA
62% of ‘extremely stressed’ Canadian workers identified work as their main source of stress. CMA
Mental health problems are rated one of the top causes of disability claims by over 80% of Canadian employers. MHCC
Mental illness contributes to $51 billion in economic costs each year. CMA
If you’re in HR or if you’re connected to workplace engagement around this topic, we invite you to consider how this approach would be more impactful for your employees.