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Mental health education is an important part of building psychologically safe workplaces. We continue to build a robust suite of free online training that you can share with your Clients. 

Additionally, we know that some of your Clients still request instructor-facilitated mental health training sessions. So, we’re enhancing our mental health offering through a new partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). This is part of our commitment to deliver the Best in Health to your Clients and their plan members.

About our partnership

The MHCC will offer Sun Life's Clients mental health training, which they facilitate, at a 10% discounted rate. This discount is currently exclusive to Sun Life Clients. Any Sun Life Client can take advantage of the training.

The MHCC offers two programs which they can facilitate in-person or virtually:

  • The Working Mind is an evidence-based, proactive program. It’s designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Participants learn:
    • how to recognize changes in behaviour (theirs or others) that could indicate mental health issues, and
    • coping strategies for when they feel like they’re moving on the mental health continuum.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard is a reactive training program. It provides support to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. During the course, participants will learn how to:
    • recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being, and
    • provide support to that person through the MHFA actions.

For a detailed overview of the training, including pricing and booking, please contact your Sun Life Group Benefits representative. They can also help if your Client has concerns or questions related to their Organizational Health.

To learn more about the MHCC, visit their website.

Our commitment to workplace mental health

Mental health training is an important step in taking action on building a workplace mental health strategy. To learn more about building a strategy, review our Mental Health Strategy Toolkit and share it with your Clients.

Communications plan 

We’ll send a Focus Update to sponsors on May 16, 2024.