To our valued customers and contacts,
We are pleased to announce that Homewood Health and Matthews Dinsdale, Canada’s only national labour and employment law firm, will be presenting a joint webinar on Wednesday June 24th from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. EST, aimed at helping employers navigate the return to work process as Canada moves into the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar will have a particular focus on issues employers may face in dealing with mental health, stress and anxiety issues in the age of COVID-19. Homewood Health’s Dr. Sandra Primiano and Toni Harrington will be joined by presenters at Matthews Dinsdale. In this one-and-a-half hour webinar, the presenters will address return to workplace planning and re-deployment implementation from both a psychological and legal perspective. Topics of focus include the following:
· Preparing for the psychological impact of returning to the workplace
· Managing anxiety and stress as it pertains return to work issues
· Lessons learned from our Return to Work team
· The duty to accommodate and the return to work process
· Legal considerations for employees who do not return to work
· Remote work considerations
· Tips for engaging employees in dialogue around return to work concerns
We hope you are able to attend.
Please register for the webinar by clicking here or visit https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=8A0F6307-75DB-4F86-88CD-06B44964B64B
(There is no limit to the number of registrations for this webinar. It is available in English only)
If you are unable to register or attend the session, a recording of the webinar will be available on Thursday June 25th, approximately 24 hours after the live event. (Please click on the “View archive” link).
Please use the following link to access the recording:
Introducing: Stress Solutions – A new Life Smart coaching service
Designed through prevalence and growing necessity, Stress Solutions, our new coaching program is now available to your organization and employees. Facing a pre-existing array of challenges, now paired with recent professional and personal complexities surrounding COVID-19, the resiliency and limits of today’s diverse and multigenerational workforce have demonstrated the need for additional support. A recent analysis of EFAP experience revealed that a significant percentage of usage and presenting issues are stress related. During intake processes, employees are often hesitant or challenged to identify and prioritize what their concerns are. They may experience more than one concern and often note stress as a reason for requesting support.
Stress Solutions consists of one to three telephonic sessions. Sessions include but are not limited to discussions surrounding psychoeducation, information about the cognitive aspects of stress, and connections between thoughts and feelings. Additionally, sessions will encompass coaching on stress management, lifestyle, priority management and tools such as meditation and relaxation techniques. In addition to coaching supported by a registered counselor or clinician with specialized expertise in stress, employees will also receive a letter of resources with information specific to their source or primary stress indication. Employees will also receive a welcome booklet providing an overview of stress issues and stress management techniques. Employees can access the service by contacting our customer service centre.
If your plan includes the complete suite of Life Smart services or all coaching services under the Life Balance Solutions category of Life Smart, the new service has been added to your EFAP program. If you have a customized plan and would like to add the service, please contact your Homewood representative for more information.
On April 15th, 2020, the federal government launched a program called Wellness Together Canada to provide mental health and substance use support to all Canadians suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. WTC is an additional resource for all individuals not covered by an employee and family assistance plan (EFAP).
Visit wellnesstogether.ca or call 1-866-585-0445
Life Lines July 2020 Issue
ASEBP : Remember to Summer
Managing the Impact
Facts and General Information (Updated: March 23, 2020)
Self-Isolation and Quarantine: What you need to know
Quelling COVID-19 Anxiety
Virtual Workplaces, the New Norm
Managing the Impact (Updated: April 3, 2020)
Support for First Responders, Front Line Workers and Public Facing Employees
Financial tips for your financial health
Increases in Domestic Violence
Managing the Impact (Updated: April 22, 2020)
Those with family members in long-term care facilities
Experiencing a Community-Based Natural Disaster
Managing the Impact (Updated: May 6, 2020)
Parenting During a Pandemic
Managing the Impact (Updated: May 26, 2020)
Experiencing Disruptive Events
Employee Fatigue, Isolation and Loneliness
Managing the Impact (Updated: June 30, 2020)
School Employee Wellness Resources and Supports during Covid-19 (Updated: June 30, 2020)
To our valued customers…
I hope this note finds you safe and well.
As I’ve shared with you previously, Homewood was proud to have been selected by Health Canada back in April to be a principal partner in a joint venture with Kids Help Phone and Stepped Care Solutions to build and deliver Wellness Together Canada (wellnesstogether.ca), an online portal for all Canadians impacted by COVID-19 to access mental health and addiction support. These supportive services range from information and resources to self-directed e-mental health apps and peer support to live telephonic or video counselling sessions. Homewood provides many resources in addition to the counselling component. I’m pleased to report that nearly 300,000 Canadians have accessed the portal, with thousands having accessed one or more of the supportive tools or resources.
Today, Wellness Together Canada launched a national awareness campaign called #TakeThatStep, featuring a custom-designed Vans sneaker as an art piece to commemorate the campaign and to help drive interest in the campaign. I’m including a partner toolkit that provides more information, access to visual assets as well as an ask to help spread the word. I invite you to use your social channels to get the word out to all Canadians to ‘Take That Step’ to help, protect, or improve their mental health. We would love to acknowledge your commitment to improving mental health by displaying your logo as a supporter. The only investment we’re asking from you is your commitment to share the message. This program is fully funded by Health Canada, and we are not seeking financial donations or investments. I’d like very much to acknowledge your support of this unique and critical program by displaying your logo. If you’re interested in participating, please respond to me at email@example.com and attach your current logo(s) in .jpg or .png formats.
Finally, this program is not meant to replace any employee benefits programs like EAP, it’s meant to provide additional supports to people in need. It’s meant as a temporary program to increase the amount of support available to all people, whether covered by an employee benefits program or not.
Thank you again for your support and your partnership.
Partner Toolkit | Boîte à outils partenaires