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August 20, 2021

Pension Information Seminar

The United Church of Canada provides a Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all employees who work more than 14 hours a week. Join us for this 90 minute program held by Shenagh Rosa, Manager for Pension Compliance and Communication, on September 20, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET to learn about how the plan works, what it costs, what it provides, and how to apply for your pension when your are ready.

This seminar will cover:

  • what a “defined benefit plan” is
  • how costs and benefits are determined
  • other ways that you might plan for retirement, including personal savings, government benefits, and coordination with other pension or benefits plans you may have access to
  • options to consider as you prepare to retire.

All Members of the plan will find this information useful, but we particularly recommend it for

  • People who are new to the plan (i.e. those who are recently hired)
  • Members or their family members who are in the midst of a significant life change (birth, marriage, divorce, death, job change)
  • People who are planning for retirement
  • Members of Ministry & Personnel Committees or congregational Boards/Councils
  • Church Treasurers
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July 14, 2021

LifeSpeak’s July Campaign: Reflecting on Relationships

All relationships whether with ourselves, partners, family, friends or colleagues are something to nurture, heal, and build upon. As human beings, healthy connections and relationships are crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing.

Every relationship possesses unique contributors to one’s life, and consequently bears distinct hardships as well. Nourishing these relationships might be especially difficult during the pandemic, but it’s important that none are overlooked.

Over the next few weeks, let LifeSpeak’s experts guide you in strategies to strengthen and develop your relationships. The campaign will run from July 5 - 30 and will feature four relationship modules including:

  1. Yourself
  2. Partners
  3. Family
  4. Friends & Colleagues

Be sure to also join the “Ask the Expert” discussion on July 21 at Noon ET with Allison Villa, Registered Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert.

The French version will be with Nathalie Gauthier on July 22 at Noon ET.

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LifeSpeak's Expert Blog
Twelve Ways to Improve Communication with your Partner

May 14, 2021

MindBeacon: Pandemic Mental Health Recovery & Managing Alcohol Use

MindBeacon’s efforts to help you better manage and take care of your mental health continue with their May programs and events.

Mental Health Recovery won’t happen over night

Check out MindBeacon's 8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan; a resource to help you get your mental health back on track as we plan for pandemic recovery. Click here to view the recording of the plan’s launch during Mental Health week May 3-9, 2021.

I’m starting to need a drink everyday, should I be worried?

The pandemic may have led us to develop different habits. Some good, some not so good. However, research has shown that the use of alcohol has increased as a means to cope with pandemic-related anxiety. Here’s your chance to register for MindBeacon’s free 30 min Live ‘Ask the Therapist’ webinar at 12pm on May 19th- Managing Alcohol Use.

Learn about:

  • Understanding the different stages of alcohol use
  • Understanding the underlying reasons for alcohol use
  • Healthier coping mechanism for challenging times
It’s Maternal Mental Health month.

Be sure to check out the “Shared Experiences” of these women who are managing both motherhood and careers during the pandemic. Click to watch video 1 and video 2

I’m feeling anxious about being social again

As many persons are experiencing feelings of anxiety about socializing again, be sure to check out this recording of MindBeacon’s expert discussion as part of the Social Anxiety Therapist Guided Program.  Listen as the experts address key topics such as:

  • How to know if you’re experiencing social anxiety
  • Understanding the difference between being an introvert and experiencing social anxiety.
  • How to manage social anxiety and tips to overcome it?

To learn more about MindBeacon’s Therapist Guided Programs, Live Therapy sessions and other helpful resources visit Mindbeacon.com

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8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan →
Resource to help you get your mental health back on track.

View the recording →
Webinar Recording: Your Journey to Recovery.

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

Canada Life wants you to put Flourishing on your list of Covid-19 Strategies

There is a very high chance that Flourishing could be something you didn’t think was possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join Canada Life on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and discover how flourishing is part of positive psychology – and how you can do it now and in the post-COVID future.

Learn key strategies that can help you flourish from:

Louisa Jewell, President and Founder, Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Strategy and Collaboration, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Get answers to these questions and more:

  • What’s the difference between getting through the pandemic and flourishing?
  • How to cope with the short fuses that come with pandemic fatigue?
  • How to encourage others to reach out for help?

This is a Microsoft Teams Live event, so be sure to download Teams beforehand.

There’s no registration required – just click on the event link before 1 p.m. on Tuesday May 4. It could be the most inspiring 45 minutes of your day!

For French interpretation, please mute your computer audio and call 1-647-794-1609 (Canada), Conference ID: 851 841 345#.

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.

April 6, 2021

LifeSpeak April Campaign: ‘Getting your House in Order’

As life often gets very busy, Lifespeak’s 4-week campaign wants to give you a jump start at organizing your affairs, as it can be quite intimidating especially if you don’t know where to start. 

LifeSpeak has gathered extensive knowledge from their experts into four categories to help you get organised.  

Week 1Getting your Finances in order 
Week 2Getting your Work Life in order
Week 3Getting your Health in order 
Week 4Maintaining your Good Habits 

Click to Engage with their ‘Getting Your House in order’ campaign which starts on April 5th . 

* This wellness campaign is available exclusively on the web site. It’s not accessible on the mobile app. 

Be sure to also join the Ask the Expert” conversation with Shannon Lee Simmons and Bob Gavlak, Certified Financial Planners, on April 21st at 12pm ET. 

The French Version will be with Jean-François Rousseau on April 22nd at 12pm ET. Click here for more info. 

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March 29, 2021

LifeWorks’ latest Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home

Check out the latest episode of LifeWorks’ Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home. Have a listen and feel free to share with your colleagues, family, and friends.

For many of us, home has been our office now for over a year. At first, it was new and our focus was on learning how to work productively in a new environment, but now, work can be harder to leave behind when there’s no where to go. Listen to Living Well host and international mental health advocate Mark Henick discuss increasing reports of burnout with Duncan So, co-founder and executive director at The Burnout Clinic and our very own Paula Allen, global leader and SVP, research and total wellbeing.

Some key takeaways to implement are;

  • Daily Audit
  • State Management
  • Be kind to yourself and self care

Click here to listen to previous podcast episodes of Living Well.

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Latest Episode →
Listen to The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home podcast episode.

Previous episodes →
Listen to previous podcast episodes of Living Well

March 26, 2021

Pension Information Seminar

Click here to view the recording of the March Pension Information Seminar 2021 presented by Shenagh Rosa.

Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.

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