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June 7, 2021

LifeWorks: Understanding Inclusivity

As Pride celebrations continue this month, LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) wants to help you better understand inclusivity as it relates to the LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit community.

As we all deserve to be valued for who we are regardless of our gender identity or sexual orientation; LifeWorks’ key resources offer informative tips on inclusion, support, as well as how to build a more inclusive workplace, home and community.

Be sure to check out these helpful tips on:

Being an LGBTQ ally

Gender identity: Understanding basic terms

Creating an LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace

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June 2, 2021

How LifeWorks can help in a traumatic event

The recent news of the discovery of a mass grave of children on the site of a former residential school in British Columbia has left us very saddened and devastated.

A crisis or traumatic event can trigger overwhelming emotional responses. Remember that the immediate and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are accessible 24/7/365 by calling 1-844-880-9142 or visiting www.workhealthlife.com. The website features additional information and tips on coping with trauma.

Crisis Support Line now open

While the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) help line is open for eligible employees, LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) has also opened up a Crisis Support Line for anyone in the community in need of emotional support in relation to these events. The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at: 1-844-751-2133.  By calling, individuals will receive professional emotional support and/or referral to community resources. This resource is available to anyone and everyone. 

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For more resources on how to better deal with traumatic events, be sure to check out the following tip sheets:

Taking care after a traumatic event

How a traumatic event can affect you

Tips for helping your child through a traumatic event

June 2, 2021

LifeSpeak’s June Campaign: LGBTQIA+ & Two Spirit Community and Mental Health

It’s Pride month. A time in which the LGBTQIA+ & Two Spirit community is recognized and celebrated here in Canada and other regions.  LifeSpeak’s campaign sets out to help us better understand the social and mental health considerations for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Be sure to check out these helpful videos which deal with key topics such as:

  • Coming out as LGBTQ+
  • Same Sex Couplehood and Parenthood
  • The effect of Homophobia on Mental Health

Join the “Ask the Expert” session on June 28th at Noon ET as Michael BachCornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP)Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion speaks on the topic: Talking to Your Kids and Coworkers about the LGBTQ+ Community. Click here for more info.

The French version will be Nadia Brabant on June 29th at Noon ET. For more info, click here.

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May 10, 2021

LifeSpeak’s May Featured Training: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.

This month, as we acknowledge the importance of Mental Health, LifeSpeak wants to shine a light on PTSD through their training sessions and learning resources. These include:

  • This month’s featured training- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Simon Rego. Watch helpful videos on the important issues surrounding PTSD, including how it is assessed, diagnosed as well as some prevalent treatment options.
  • LifeSpeak’s Expert Blog postYour Brain on change by Cindy Smith, Organizational and individual change management expert.
  • Join the ‘Ask the Expert’ chat on May 26th at 12pm ET, as Dara Roth Edney speaks on the topic- Supporting Yourself and Others through Anxiety and Depression. Click here to learn more.
    The French version with Dr Nadia Gagnier will be on May 27th at 12pm ET. For more info click here

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April 21, 2021

LifeSpeak’s May Mental Health Marathon

Mental health is a vital part of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects our decision making, how we cope with stress and relate to others. LifeSpeak’s May Mental Health marathon will set out to help you prioritize and understand your mental well-being and how it can affect others.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Children’s mental health
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health inquiries
  • Mental health and relationships

The marathon includes four (4) “Ask the Expert” sessions between 8:30am and 6pm EST on May 5th.

The French Version will be on April 6th between 8:30am and 6pm ET.

Be sure to also check out Lifespeak’s Online Library which offers helpful videos on mental health. Some of these videos include:

Helping a Loved One with Mental Illness

Getting Help for Mental Illness

Loneliness in the 21st century

Addressing Suicide

Assessment and Diagnosis of Depression

What are the Anxiety Disorders?

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April 21, 2021

Morneau Shepell’s New Microsite is Coming Soon!

On May 3rd, 2021, for Mental Health Week and Mental Health Awareness month, Morneau Shepell is launching their new Microsite- Building Your Self-care Toolkit, to bring recognition to this vital aspect of your total wellbeing. The site goes live on Morneau’s Heartbeat Hub.

The Microsite will feature articles, an infographic and a video which will explore:

  • The importance of self-care
  • How to set up a self-care action plan
  • Why sleep is an important part of self-care
  • How meditation can help

Be sure to check out the live link in our Pandemic Wellness Toolkit on May 3rd.

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March 16, 2021

Canada Life’s GroupLine notice: March COVID-19 Group Benefits update

Canada Life wishes to assure its valued members that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine will not affect your individual or workplace life, health or disability insurance benefits. 

Please note that when a COVID-19 vaccine has been given by an authorized health professional, side-effects or complications from the vaccine would not limit someone’s eligibility for group benefits. 

Government-approved COVID-19 vaccinations are tested to make sure they’re safe and effective and while some people have reported side effects after being immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, those side effects aren’t necessarily related to the vaccine.  

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) has also released their position on the vaccine as it relates to insurance coverage 

Canada Life stays committed to the financial, physical and mental well-being of its plan members. 

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February 8, 2021

February is Black History Month!

Article by Adele Halliday (Anti-Racism and Equity Officer, United Church of Canada). Published on February 7th, 2021

While the lives, stories, histories, and experiences of Black peoples can be featured throughout the year, February provides a unique opportunity to offer a particular focus on the stories and histories of people of African descent in church and society. It can be a time to focus on anti-Black racism.

This year, there are several resources available for learning and engaging.

United Church Resources

From the United Church, there are a variety of resources that can be explored:

Morneau Sheppell

Morneau Shepell is also offering some resources:

​​​​​​​We hope that you will take some time to explore these, and other resources, to engage in Black History Month!

 

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January 21, 2021

Government Pension & Benefits statistics 2021

Learn more about the Government of Canada Pension & Benefits statistics for 2021. 

Please note that this Government of Canada Pension & Benefits summary is for information purposes only but provides details of key minimum and maximum values from government sources in one central resource that supports payroll. 

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October 6, 2020

Morneau Shepell mental health microsite is now live!

Morneau Shepell are proud to launch their new microsite! Depression and the pandemic: a deep dive.

Through articles, an infographic and a video, the microsite explores:

  • The relationship between COVID-19 and depression
  • How to deal with financial insecurity and debt stress
  • How physical activity can help with depression during the pandemic
  • Facing loneliness during the pandemic.

Available in both English and French.

Click here to access the English microsite.

Click here to access the French microsite.

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