Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace: A Need to Have, Not Just a 'Nice to Have'

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace: A Need to Have, Not Just a 'Nice 
to Have' 
Canada-Europe exchange on mental health in the workplace to open The Better 
Workplace Conference 2013 
NANAIMO, BC, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Mental health issues make up the majority of 
short-term and long-term disability claims and cost the Canadian economy an 
estimated $51 Billion per year. 
With these statistics in mind, The Health Work & Wellness™ Group, experts in 
creating better workplaces, are pleased to present The Better Workplace 
Conference 2013 from October 16 to 18 in Halifax, NS. The conference themes, 
Leadership, Culture and Return on Investment will be explored with a strong 
focus on mental health in the workplace. 
"It is estimated that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness 
in their lifetime," said Deborah Connors, President, The Health Work & 
Wellness™ Group and founder of The Better Workplace Conference. "Mental 
illnesses are the fastest growing disability claim in the Canadian workplace 
and it is critically important for organizations to have training, tools and 
programs in place to not only recognize and manage this, but to prevent issues 
where possible. Companies that strategically address these issues have far 
less worker absenteeism, presenteeism, and ultimately higher productivity." 
The Opening Morning Keynote presentation this year will share innovative 
strategies across continents with a Canada-Europe exchange on mental health in 
the workplace. Additionally, the conference includes a half-day workshop on 
mental health and addiction, and many other sessions related to organizational 
health. 
In January a new national set of workplace standards were introduced by the 
Mental Health Commission of Canada. The new standards were designed to help 
employers and unions to promote mental health in the workplace. The standards 
and how organizations can effectively implement them will be discussed at the 
conference. 
The conference will include the following Keynote presentations: 


    --  Canada - Europe Exchange on Workplace Mental Health, strategies
        presented by Sari Sairanen, National Health and Safety Director
        at the CAW and member of the Technical Committee on the new
        Canadian Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the
        Workplace, and Thomas Schneberger, Head of Workplace Health
        Management for RWE AG in Germany. This keynote will be chaired
        by Dr. Kevin Kelloway, Canada Research Chair in Occupational
        Health Psychology at St. Mary's University
    --  Put on Your Oxygen Mask First:  Sustainable leadership for a
        better workplace presented by Amy Jen Su, acclaimed executive
        coach and speaker.

About The Better Workplace Conference and Health Work & Wellness™ Group

The Better Workplace Conference is the premier forum in Canada, trusted for 17 
years for helping to create positive change for better business performance. 
Website: www.healthworkandwellness.com.

The Health Work & Wellness™ Group are a leading resource for information, 
tools and strategies, and a year-round forum for innovation and idea exchange. 
Website: www.healthworkandwellness.com.

Media Contact: Lynne Henshaw-Allan Phone: 778-995-7701 
lynne@healthworkandwellness.com

SOURCE: Health Work Wellness Group Inc.

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