Enhanced Workshop: Problematic Substance Use and the Workplace: Time to take action

Day 1 – February 21, 2017

Day 1 – February 21, 2017
Employers can play a role in reducing stigma and preventing harms associated with substance use. In fact, addressing problematic substance use supports employee mental health and positive mental health in the workplace improves productivity, reduces staff turnover, reduces absenteeism and creates a positive reputation for the organization.

This session will not focus on the legal issues or provincial legislation related to substance use in the workplace.

Part 1 (11:15am – 12:30pm):
CCSA and MHCC will set the context of the discussion on problematic substance use in the workplace with an overview of “Starting the Conversation”, a collaborative brochure produced in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada. Attendees will receive a copy of the brochure.

You will:
• Gain a high-level awareness of substance use in the workplace
• Learn more about health and safety statistics related to substance use
• Identify possible workplace risk factors
• Have the opportunity to share barriers/challenges in addressing substance use in the workplace, and explore actionable next steps.

Speakers Bryce Barker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Sandra Koppert, Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Part 2 (1:15pm – 2:15pm):
Join CMHA to hear a compelling personal story of addiction, create your own substance use policy, and become informed to take appropriate action within your organization.

You will:
• Learn signs and symptoms of problematic substance use in the workplace
• Learn how to manage and respond to the challenges and fears associated with problematic substance use in the workplace
• Create your own substance use policy
• Understand the available resources to help you support issues with problematic substance use in your workplace

Speakers Sarika Gundu, Canadian Mental Health Association, Gina Vanderham, Consultant and Greg Kyllo, Canadian Mental Health Association.

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