Canada-Europe exchange on mental health in the workplace to open The
Better Workplace Conference 2013
NANAIMO, BC, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Mental health issues make up the
majority of short-term and long-term disability claims and cost the
Canadian economy an estimated $51 Billion per year.
With these statistics in mind, The Health Work & Wellness™ Group,
experts in creating better workplaces, are pleased to present The Better Workplace Conference 2013 from October 16 to 18 in Halifax, NS. The conference themes,
Leadership, Culture and Return on Investment will be explored with a
strong focus on mental health in the workplace.
"It is estimated that one in five Canadians will experience a mental
illness in their lifetime," said Deborah Connors, President, The Health
Work & Wellness™ Group and founder of The Better Workplace Conference.
"Mental illnesses are the fastest growing disability claim in the
Canadian workplace and it is critically important for organizations to
have training, tools and programs in place to not only recognize and
manage this, but to prevent issues where possible. Companies that
strategically address these issues have far less worker absenteeism,
presenteeism, and ultimately higher productivity."
The Opening Morning Keynote presentation this year will share innovative
strategies across continents with a Canada-Europe exchange on mental
health in the workplace. Additionally, the conference includes a half-day workshop on mental
health and addiction, and many other sessions related to organizational
In January a new national set of workplace standards were introduced by
the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The new standards were designed
to help employers and unions to promote mental health in the workplace.
The standards and how organizations can effectively implement them will
be discussed at the conference.
The conference will include the following Keynote presentations:
Canada - Europe Exchange on Workplace Mental Health, strategies
presented by Sari Sairanen, National Health and Safety Director at the CAW and member of the
Technical Committee on the new Canadian Standard on Psychological
Health and Safety in the Workplace, and Thomas Schneberger, Head of Workplace Health Management for RWE AG in Germany. This keynote
will be chaired by Dr. Kevin Kelloway, Canada Research Chair in
Occupational Health Psychology at St. Mary's University
Put on Your Oxygen Mask First: Sustainable leadership for a better
workplace presented by Amy Jen Su, acclaimed executive coach and speaker.
About The Better Workplace Conference and Health Work & Wellness™ Group
The Better Workplace Conference is the premier forum in Canada, trusted
for 17 years for helping to create positive change for better business
performance. Website: www.healthworkandwellness.com.
The Health Work & Wellness™ Group are a leading resource for
information, tools and strategies, and a year-round forum for
innovation and idea exchange. Website: www.healthworkandwellness.com.
SOURCE: Health Work Wellness Group Inc.
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