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Mental illness: the silent issue in the workplace

Being able to recognize and deal with workers who have a mental health health challenge is increasingly the role of managers and human resources staff but few have the skills or education to do so.

Being able to recognize and deal with workers who have a mental health health challenge is increasingly the role of managers and human resources staff but few have the skills or education to do so.

To help fill this knowledge gap, New View Society and Douglas College are collaborating to present a discussion on understanding mental illness in the workplace.

The event will be held Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at the David Lam campus of Douglas College. The cost is $15 per student, $50 for members of the public and $75 at the door. Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore will emcee the event.

The speakers will be Margaret Tebbutt, senior consultant of workplace initiatives for the Canadian Mental Health Association, who will talk about what mental illness is, how to recognize the signs and the costs to business of ignoring the issue. Carmela Smythe for Bounce Back Matters will talk about how the Mental Health First Aid Course can help employers implement tools and policies for prevention and intervention of mental health issues in the work place.

To register, visit www.newviewsociety.org, click on Mental Health in the Workplace.

For more Information, call Joan Isaacs, business development with New View Society at 604-644-4717 or email jisaacs@shaw.ca.

New View provides housing, supports and recreational programs for people with mental illness and their families in the Tri-Cities.