The Workplace Well-being and Mental Health Tool Kit by Alberta Health Services Healthier Together provides workplaces with strategies to create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace. The toolkits are designed to support organizations to build a mental health strategy that is aligned with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace to build a mental health strategy that is aligned with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Download the toolkit at https://workplaces.healthiertogether.ca/media/uploads/healthier%20toegther_wellbeingtoolkit_ahs.pdf
Mental Health @ Home provides a list of free mental health workbooks based on therapeutic approaches that have proven to be effective. Click on the link to view them all – https://mentalhealthathome.org/2018/06/14/mental-health-workbooks/
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a valuable and important tool for personal recovery. Identifying tasks for daily personal maintenance, managing triggers and early warning signs, and preparing crisis plans helps give us control over our illnesses. The more we know about the things that trigger and support us, the more power we have to create lives of meaning and fulfillment.
The world of work offers unique recovery opportunities and challenges. Studies show positive outcomes for mental health consumers who participate in competitive employment. Work brings new issues to manage in recovery. This workbook will help you create a wellness recovery action plan (WRAP for Work) that specifically relates to work issues.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WARP) is a framework with which you can develop an effective approach to manage distressing symptoms and gain insight into patterns of behavior. It is a tool to help you gain more control over your problems.
Developing your own WRAP will take time, it can be done alone, but many find it very valuable to have a supporter – they chose people they trust, and work on it together.
An employee wellness program can exist in many forms, from programs aimed at improving employees’ nutrition to education about mental health. According to the requirements set forth by Workplace Health in America, there are 5 elements to consider when building a program. When used together, it is suggested that this creates a comprehensive employee wellness program that helps employees achieve wellness goals set forth by both themselves and the company.
For an outline and examples of these 5 elements visit https://www.olympiabenefits.com/blog/5-elements-of-a-comprehensive-employee-wellness-pr.
There are 8 components to wellness, each of which can be thought of as a single spoke on the wellness wheel.
Neglecting one of the areas of the wheel may compromise your ability to confront challenges in life (like trying to drive a car with a flat tire).
If you don’t listen to your needs, you’re more likely to:
- Be exhausted or overwhelmed
- Experience low moods
- Experience resentful thoughts
- Take your stress out on others
- Feel anxious or depressed
- Develop a mental health condition
So, it’s important to notice any changes in habit, mood or attitude to see how you’re doing. Taking care of one area of wellness will also help them all: for example, caring for your physical health by getting more sleep will also benefit your academic health and help you be a better you.
For more on the 8 components visit https://www.mcgill.ca/wellness-hub/about/what-wellness