Commit to reset your work-life balance this Mental Health Week

    Canada's leader in employee services launches public tool to get back in

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - This year's theme for Mental Health Week is
Work-Life Balance, putting the focus on the majority of Canadians who say they
feel their lives are overloaded.
    "The latest figures from the Canadian Mental Health Association say that
58 per cent of all Canadians feel they've simply got too much on the go," said
Shepell-fgi CEO Rod Phillips. "That is certainly a trend we're seeing
reflected in the work we do through our Employee Assistance Programs. More and
more Canadians are feeling work completely controls their lives - and also
feel they are not able to get that control back."
    For Mental Health Week, Shepell-fgi has launched The Balance Challenge -
( - a new online resource for all
Canadians to use to help restore health and balance to their lives. It has the
latest information on why it's important to make work-life balance a health
priority, tip sheets to help you find areas to work on, and a challenge to
work on those areas over the next few days.
    "People need to start seeing work-life balance as something like keeping
your cholesterol in check - it's about one small manageable behaviour change,"
said Karen Seward, Senior Vice President of Business Development and
Marketing. "It's really an ongoing challenge, even for those of us who work in
the field."
    Phillips himself adds everyone has room for positive change - and the
best way to enact it is to lead by example.
    "I think because this is our business we try to be more acutely aware of
our work-life balance," says Phillips. "I feel pretty good about my own
work-life balance, but when I went through the tips, 'plan for fun' is
something I hadn't considered before. Over the next 30 days I'm going to make
a commitment to pay attention to that. And I think our family's dog will be
particularly pleased."

    About Shepell-fgi

    Shepell-fgi is Canada's leading provider of workplace health services,
including prevention-focused Employee Assistance Programs. The company
services over six million employees and their families across Canada, the
United States and internationally. Shepell-fgi helps organizations maintain
healthy employees and healthy workplaces.

For further information:

For further information: Rosalind Robertson, PR and Events Manager,
Shepell-fgi,, (416) 355-5424

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