Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division’s 2019 workplace conference is a wrap. In all, Roadmaps to Resiliency: Investing in Mental Wellness for Ontario’s Workplaces, hosted by CMHA Ontario’s national social enterprise Mental Health Works, featured four keynote addresses, 20 breakout presentation sessions and three peer support group sessions.
After a busy Day 1 Monday, the 230 delegates were back at it Tuesday morning, beginning with opening remarks from Ontario Minister of Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho. Cho was followed by one of the keynotes, The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe, who told shared stories of lived experience with mental illness.
Breakout sessions ranging from stress to peer support to psychological health and safety consumed the mid-morning to mid-afternoon before AGS Rehab Solutions president Addie Greco-Sanchez closed out the conference with her keynote address. She spoke about how investing as little as five minutes of self-care per day goes a long way in building resiliency and decreasing workplace absences related to stress and mental health challenges.
In addition to those in attendance, the conference garnered significant interest on social media. Over the two days, CMHA Ontario earned more than 1.2 million social media impressions and a reach of over 164 thousand on the #MHWConf2019 hashtag, which also trended on Twitter Monday.
CMHA Ontario’s 2019 workplace brought together leaders, managers, employers and employees from a wide range of sectors from across the province to discuss emerging best practices and practical skills to build resiliency in the workplace.