InnovateWork Speaker Interview: Mario Baril, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

In HRchat 170, Bill Banham chats with Mario Baril, Ombudsman of Mental Health and Employee Wellbeing at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, a Canadian federal public service that embraces authentic, open and stigma-free dialogue on mental health issues based on compassion.

Mario was a panelist at the April 29 InnovateWork Online Summit.

Listen to the interview here.

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The Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace’s Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, at the Treasury Board Secretariat, launched new information on mental health and COVID-19 for public servants. The aim is to provide employees, managers, and executives with the tools to manage their mental health during the pandemic.

It includes tips and tactics for self-care and building resilience to better cope with the psychological impacts of involuntary telework and isolation over an extended period of time. This also includes the Wellness Together Canada portal that connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls.

About the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

ISED is the first federal government department with a Canadian Innovation Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace offering workshops to over 18,000 employees over the past 18 months.

These workshops are delivered by experts on mental health and aim to equip employees and managers across the Canadian federal public service with best practices on how to detect and address issues of mental health in the workplace, how to cope with stress, anxiety, how to take care of your wellness through yoga and mindfulness activities.

ISED has a team of dedicated practitioners who offer consulting and coaching sessions, mediations, and workplace restoration. One of their signature initiatives is the Emotional Intelligence coaching to support highly productive workplaces.

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