Mental Health Resources for Nonprofits
Results from ABNN’s 3rd Pulse Check on the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits and Voluntary Organizations Report show that nonprofits are increasingly concerned about staff mental health. In fact, more than half of nonprofit respondents said staff mental health was their greatest operational challenge.
ABNN has started compiling workplace mental health resources to help organizations support workplace mental health. We will continue to add to this page, so please send us information you have found helpful to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division administered a survey between April and May, 2020 to understand the mental health and wellbeing impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Albertans across rural and urban areas. The survey results are intended to inform future mental health priorities and activities across the province.
Tools & Toolkits
Developed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in partnership with Mental Health Works and BounceBack Ontario, the handbook aims to serve employees and employers navigating the mental health implications of returning to physical workplaces.
This toolkit provides guidance on how to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to the work environment.
The Community Mental Health Action Plan has created the Need Help for Mental Health? Tool is a mental health navigation tool. This is a pre-made tool specific to Edmonton, but a customizable version of the Tool is also available for communities to edit based on the population they work with. This tool is a basic overview of the mental health services that are available. It can be used by anyone to help themselves or others connect to mental health and social services in their community by reading through the questions and seeing which services meet their needs.
Workshops, Training & Courses
On August 19, join Charity Village for a free webinar where they’ll discuss mental health implications in a post-COVID workplace. What post Covid-19 life will look like remains speculative. Will there be a long-term impact on health and wellbeing, social relations, and work life? After more than a year of living under restrictions, people have struggled with uncertainty, anxiety, and depression, while also discovering new joys and opportunities for growth. Organizations have likewise responded to changing work conditions in different ways, some for the better and some not so well. In this webinar, they will discuss how you and your organization can meet the post-COVID challenge by using your pandemic learnings to evaluate change and develop strategies to find a new path forward.
Join Volunteer Alberta and Oassis for a webinar on June 15! Lisa Ann Butcher, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, will be talking about Building Resilience and Fostering Self-Care: Strategies and Tools for Coping in 2021. This webinar will focus on:
Mindfulicity can help you and your staff deal with the uncertainty we’re all facing. It’s a brain-based skill-building program to help employees manage conflict and create a psychologically safe workplace.
Grounded in YW Calgary’s deep expertise and proven outcomes in leading-edge conflict counselling, Mindfulicity training features 10 bite-size, evidence-based e-learning modules that focus on the day-to-day skills all employees can benefit from, such as regulating emotions, promoting personal accountability, setting boundaries, managing micro-aggressions and improving interpersonal relationships.
Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT™) can increase self-caring behaviour; reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; and enhance our connection with others. CCT is an 8-week program that brings together evidence-based techniques of mindfulness and the science of compassion to strengthen the practice of compassion in daily living. The exercises of CCT build mental habits that, over time, are demonstrated to open the heart and promote personal well-being, resilience, and meaningful human connections, even in challenging circumstances.
Mental health at work is a crucial factor for employee wellness, engagement and creativity. Unfortunately, stigma around mental health challenges continues to persist, and open dialogue around creating mentally healthy workplaces is not yet seen as best practice. This 3-hour training provides organizations with the understanding and language to talk about mental health, supporting employees with challenges and taking the next steps that will help organizations move towards greater psychological health and safety in the workplace.
Where can adults in Canada go to learn about mental health and well-being? The answer is “recovery colleges.” The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) already operates 11 centres in communities across Canada. They are modeled after a traditional college, with its large course offerings and vibrant learning environment. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
What also sets them apart from traditional educational institutions are the subjects offered. Instead of language literacy, for instance, you might take a course in mental health literacy, or in health and well-being. Even the course curriculum is unique: it is developed by subject experts and mental health professionals, working together with people who have their own personal experience in mental health recovery.