By Mari-Len De
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has joined a growing number of Canadian organizations embracing the issue of mental health in the workplace and doing something about it.
CMCC manager, staff and faculty are getting training on a Mental Health Commission of Canada program called, Mental Health First Aid, designed to provide help to an individual who might be developing a mental health problem or going through a mental health crisis.
CMCC’s Drs. Craig Jacobs and Janet D’Arcy received the training in October and are now providing a seies of training sessions for staff and faculty at the college. The objective is to build a team of individuals who can ensure CMCC is well-equipped to offer mental health support to the community and even beyond, the CMCC said.
“The first sessions were held in February with more scheduled for April and May,” said CMCC president Dr. David Wickes. “It’s an important part of looking after our community and extending the service we provide to students, staff and patients.”
According to mental health statistics, one in three Canadians will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their lives. While thousands of people across the country know how to provide first aid to someone with a physical injury, fewer people are able to recognise the signs of someone needing mental health support, the CMCC said.
“The nature of the training is much like physical first aid. The goal is to offer a person immediate assistance until they can receive appropriate professional treatment or until the crisis is over,” explained CMCC human resources director Evelyn Humphries. “It is designed to help participants define and identify signs of mental health problems and help individuals to access the professional help they may need.”