Mental health

Mental health

As part of our ongoing commitment to improve mental health and wellness, we hosted this webinar to help you:

  • better understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19,
  • identify and address potential mental health challenges,
  • foster their own self-care, and
  • get resources to support themselves and their employees.

Missed this webinar? You can watch the English and/or French recordings at your convenience. And here’s a link to the presentation.

We know these are challenging times. We’re here to guide and support your workplace mental health initiatives along the way.

Updated: September 10, 2020

Your employees and their families may need extra help getting through this year’s unusual back-to school journey.

This at-a-glance list of mental health resources and tools can help kids and parents cope

The resources come from Sun Life and other organizations. There’s an article and webinar and a reminder about support through your group benefits plan. There are also links to external mental health organizations for adults and youth.

These resources are for all employees

The resources can help kids, but they can help adults who may be feeling burned out and overwhelmed, too.

Please share the back-to-school resource sheet with your employees this week

You can download the  Back-to-school resource sheet to share it. Please encourage your employees to use the resources proactively and ask for help early.

Updated: September 3, 2020

60 percent of Canadians say the pandemic is affecting their mental health, according to a Sun Life survey of Canadians.1

This makes supporting employee mental health more important than ever. If you don't have a mental health strategy, now's the time to start developing one.

Mental health claims represent the largest proportion of claims, and are growing the fastest

Supporting employee mental health requires a strategic approach. Tactical efforts often fall short or don’t have lasting effects. Creating a strategy doesn’t have to be daunting. You can start small, and build as you go.

Our "Workplace Mental Health Fundamentals" video makes it easy to start your strategy

This new video's a great place to start. It shows you the fundamentals that underpin an effective and lasting strategy to support workplace mental health.

Already have a strategy?

You’ll get resources and learn about trends to keep you ahead of the curve.

What’s covered?

"Workplace Mental Health Fundamentals" introduces the basics of a supportive workplace mental health strategy. It includes stats on the impact of mental health challenges before, during, and possibly after COVID-19. There are also tips, links and resources for further help.

Get information about:

  • Mental health claims
  • Future trends
  • Suggestions for leadership

Workplace mental health fundamentals

1 The survey is based on an Ipsos poll conducted between April 29 and May 1, 2020.

Updated: July 10, 2020

As the world re-opens, we want to help support you and your employees. With this webinar, our panel of mental health experts provide tips and resources to help manage anxiety and stress during this time.

Hosted by Sun Life and Lumino Health, our panel features:

  • Dr. Melanie Badali, Anxiety Canada
  • Dr. Leorra Newman, MindBeacon
  • Dr. Katy Kamkar, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

You can share this webinar with your employees.

A guide for employees: understanding mental health and supports available in the workplace:  

  • helps employees understand their own mental health risk,
  • provides guidance around speaking to their manager, and
  • identifies supports available to them on the job and through their plan.

COVID-19 continues to impact Canadian’s mental health

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We have a new webinar for people leaders to provide some guidance. Identifying and supporting employees at risk for mental health issues takes a closer look at:

  • manager responsibilities
  • spotting early warning signs, and
  • the importance of taking action early.

Identifying and supporting employees at risk for mental health issues

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This  discussion tip sheet can help people leaders strike a balance when discussing performance and mental health issues.

Get practical advice on how you can support the mental health of your employees. This 10-minute video – featuring Sun Life psychologists and Directors of Mental Health Solutions Carmen Bellows and Valerie Legendre (French) – is available now.

Updated: April 3, 2020

We know that these are challenging times.  We encourage you watch our recorded webinar We’re all in this together: boosting our mental wellness, and share it with plan members.  Our Director, Mental Health Solutions and Registered Psychologist, Carmen Bellows, will guide you through possible ways to care for your mental wellness as we face extraordinary times together.

Learn how to: 

  • Get ahead of the stress curve.
  • Practice positive social distancing.
  • Find the mental wellness tools and resources available for you.

Your health and the health of plan members is a top priority. We’re all in this together.

Updated: April 30, 2020

Youlanda Hart, Director of Organizational Health, outlines how employers can focus on:

  • communication
  • culture, and
  • access to care

to support employee health and improve resilience in the organization.