Member Mental Health
PDF VersionGood mental health contributes to our enjoyment of life, to physical health, and to the ability to handle stress. However, stigma and discrimination keep mental health issues in the shadows, prevent people from seeking care, and lead to poorer quality of care. (Toward Recovery & Well Being: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2009.)
Each year, about one in every five Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental health problem or illness. Mental health problems and illnesses are believed to result from a complex interaction among social, economic, psychological and biological, or genetic factors. (Toward Recovery & Well Being: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2009.)
The term “mental health” covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:
Common Signs of Mental Health IssuesBecause mental health is such a complex issue, it is difficult to provide a comprehensive list of mental health symptoms. However the following may generally be considered common symptoms of mental health concerns.
Common warning signs in adults
How to Take Care of Your Mental Health
What you can do to Help a ColleagueFirst, don’t assume your co-worker has mental illness if they behave strangely or you observe changes in their behaviour. All of us have many things going on in our lives outside of work that at times may pre-occupy our thoughts and possibly behaviour. Remember, it’s not your role to diagnose. If your co-worker confides to you that he/she is struggling with a mental health issue but hasn’t sought help:
The Role of the LocalThe ETFO Local office plays an important role in supporting members with mental health needs. The type of assistance provided will depend on individual situations. Your local will ensure that your rights are protected and work to address any difficulties experienced as a result of mental health illness.
SummaryGood mental health is an important component of a well-balanced life. If mental health issues are affecting your ability to cope at school, or threatening the continued employment of a colleague, help is just a phone call away. PRS staff provide confidential advice and guidance to members on these issues. For further information contact your local ETFO president or Professional Relations staff in Protective Services at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.