Canadian Mental Health Association launches new program in Durham Region

Businesses throughout Brock Township and the entire Durham Region can now participate in a variety of training and education opportunities aimed at improving mental health in the workplace.

On Thursday (Jan. 17), the Durham branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (C.M.H.A.) announced the launch of their new Corporate and Workplace Education Program, offered in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, and Pine Ridge (C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.).

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to work even closer with businesses in Brock Township,” says Jack Veitch, C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.’s Manager of Community Engagement and Education.

“I know that mental health and wellness is something the community takes seriously and I’m happy to help further the conversation on mental wellness.”

The program consists of a range of courses designed to provide skills to help leadership support staff, as well as to provide skills to staff supporting clients, patients, and consumers. The following courses are available through the program:

Mental Distress: Recognition and Response

Participants learn about the difference between mental health and mental illness, as well as the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Participants also learn about a variety of mental illnesses, including common symptoms and presentation and simple verbal de-escalation techniques and communication strategies.

Mental Health Works

An evidence-based, solutions focused program with four modules centered on health and mental health at work, mood and depression at work, stress and anxiety at work, and psychological health and safety at work.

Psychological Health and Safety Advisors

Available to help support workplaces in adhering to Canada’s Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. 

The Corporate and Workplace Education Program also offers more in-depth certificate training on a wide range of mental health issues, including:

Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST)

The two-day workshop is for individuals who want to feel more confident in helping prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Living Life to the Full

This eight-session, 12-hour, evidence-based mental health promotion course is designed to help individuals deal with everyday challenges and improve quality of life.

Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK)

This three-hour workshop alerts individuals of warning signs that may indicate a risk of suicide.

Mental Health First Aid (M.H.F.A)

This two-day course will provide individuals with the skills necessary to help someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

For more information about C.M.H.A. Durham, visit

To learn more about the new Corporate and Workplace Education Program, contact Veitch at

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