Stress is a normal part of life and work. Too much stress, though, can be damaging to mental health. Workers in Ontario and beyond are increasingly experiencing too much stress.
Workers and their representatives will soon have access to a resource kit designed to raise awareness about mental injuries caused by workplace stress. Equally important these resources will help workers,their representatives and other workplace parties lead efforts to expose the causes of stress and demand workplace solutions needed to prevent exposure and the resulting mental injuries.
An event to launch this resource kit, entitled Action on Workplace Stress: Mental Injury Tools for Ontario Workers, is scheduled for October 10, 2012. Those wanting to participate are invited to do so one of four ways:
1. IN PERSON
Main Conference Event –$ 10.00 at door—for lunch (only) and kit
Sudbury E-dome, Cambrian College
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2. A PLANNED MEETING (FREE)
Attend via video-feed at one of the following locations (so far):
3. HOST YOUR OWN OFF-SITE MEETING (FREE)
Live video and interactive communication with the e-Dome.
4. PARTICIPATE INDIVIDUALLY (FREE)
Through internet/video feed connection.
To register, email Brendan Kilcline (Limited number of feeds – so register early)
Event participants will discuss the many factors leading to mental injuries including unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, excessive job demands and unpaid overtime. They will discuss the importance of worker representation and their involvement developing strategies to prevent mental injuries at work.
Twelve labour groups have been working with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and academic researchers to develop this resource kit.