Mental Health Summit Vancouver

December 11, 2018
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

The 2018 Mental Health Summit, Vancouver

Put mental health to work: Challenges and choices for a safe space
One in five people will experience mental illness in their lifetime, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Yet, employees are often hesitant to come forward with their own struggles. How can the stigma surrounding mental illness be removed from the workplace? What can employers do to help facilitate a smooth, comfortable return-to-work transition? Come to this year’s Mental Health Summit to discover ideas on how to approach mental health in the workplace.

The Mental Health Summit will cost $159 plus tax to attend.

Who Should Attend?

Employers responsible for benefits plans and workplace health; brokers/advisors and benefits consultants.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:
CE credits will be offered at this event.

Looking for the Toronto Mental Health Summit?

LINK TO THE TORONTO MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

 

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Mental Health Summit, Vancouver

December 11, 2018
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver

7:30 - 8:25 a.m.
Breakfast and registration
 


8:25 - 8:30 a.m.
Opening remarks



8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Session one
Mental health: The workplace paradigm

Supporting employee mental health is a key focus for employers. When an employee is going through a mental health challenge, it affects them, their employer and can also impact their colleagues. This session will talk about the roles and needs of these three groups and what can be done to ensure a mentally healthy workplace that is supportive to all.

Speaker: 
Carmen Bellows, senior consultant, mental health, group disability, Western region, Sun Life Financial



9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Session two
No and low: Cost accommodations for a productive workplace that attracts and retains the best

Labour shortages in Canada are projected to reach close to 2 million workers by 2031, costing the Canadian economy billions in lost GDP annually. Additionally, rising rates of absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover are now requiring employers to use innovative ways to recruit and retain a qualified labour force. Promoting and protecting mental health of employees can impact an employer's bottom line, culture, productivity and overall competitiveness in the market. In this session, participants will learn about the types of low- or no-cost accommodations that employers can easily implement in their workplace to bring forward practical approaches for employers to safely and effectively hire and retain people living with a mental illness. Findings and experiences of real-life case studies will be shared that highlight the use of specific frameworks (such as the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace), training programs (such as Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind) and accommodation practices employers can use in their workplaces.

Speaker:
Krista Benes, program manager, workplace mental health, Mental Health Commission of Canada



9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Session three
Innovative approaches to help employees return to health and work sooner
For employees receiving disability benefits, there are innovative treatments to help get them back to work sooner. This session will highlight details around four programs designed to explore early and personalized treatment options for these types of employees. A focus will be on the benefits for organizations and why they should consider supporting these types of treatments.
 

Speaker:
Georgia Pomaki, leader, mental health specialists team, Manulife



10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking break



10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Session four
Medications and mental health: A case for more intensive employee support

Medications can play an important part in the treatment plan for depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Unfortunately, the nature of medications used to treat mental health may lead to side effects, non-compliance and sub-optimal treatment outcomes. In some cases, these complications can contribute to work absence and disability claims. This session will present innovative options for supporting employees to reach and maintain optimal treatment outcomes and positively impacting absence and disability.

Speaker:
Jeff May, executive vice-president and general manager, Remedy Holdings Inc.

This session has been made possible by HumanisRx



11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Session five
Normalizing attitudes towards mental illness in the workplace

Data affirms the burden of mental-ill health is rising in spite of advances in the understanding of causes and options for treatment. This increase is reflected in the workplace through both absenteeism and presenteeism. So what role can we effectively play as the employer? This session will provide insights on lessons learned over a period of seven years in developing a mental health strategy. Key lessons include "we're in this together so collaboration is key"; and "the greatest investment is time and conviction."

Speaker:
Lyne Moussa,
manager, wellness, safety and disability, Coast Capital Savings



11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks

Note: This agenda is a draft and is subject to change.

Mental Health Summit, Vancouver

MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT, VANCOUVER, SPEAKERS

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

December 11, 2018
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver


Carmen Bellows

Carmen Bellows

Carmen Bellows is the senior consultant of mental health for Sun Life Financial's Western region. She is responsible for coaching and training the Western regional disability management team. Her focus is to improve case management skills and understanding of mental illness in order to optimize duration. Bellows is also instrumental in the integrated health solutions group in delivering training and support to plan sponsors in order to optimize their workplace mental health. This has a direct impact on the quality of support for disability claimants coping with mental illness and in turn has a positive influence on workplace mental health. She is also a contributor to the mental health strategy at Sun Life Financial and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Psychological Association. Bellows is a registered psychologist and holds a master of arts degree in counseling psychology. She has extensive experience in the field of psychology, including community and workplace mental health. Her clinical experience includes working with survivors of torture and newly arrived refugees, critical incident response, large employee and family assistance programs, outpatient psychiatry departments and private practice. Bellows prepares and delivers psycho-educational presentations on topics, such as depression, caring for aged family members and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. She is also a presenter of workshops on stress and Resilience and other topics relevant to workplace mental health.

  


Krista Benes

Krista Benes

Krista Benes is the program manager of workplace mental health at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). She came to MHCC with years of experience in the non-profit sector and work in community-based mental health, career development, research, policy and knowledge translation. In her current role, Benes leads the aspiring workforce file and is dedicated to eliminating barriers to employment for people living with mental illness. She has led national-scale research projects, facilitated uptake of promising practices by leading knowledge exchange initiatives and developing practical tools and resources, and engaged stakeholders nationally to better support those who are underserved and overlooked.

  


Lyne Moussa

Lyne Moussa

Lyne Moussa is the manager of wellness, safety and disability at Coast Capital Savings. In this role, Moussa is a change agent for her organization in the area of mental health strategy, wellness and disability management. As a lifelong learner, she holds a bachelor of science in biology, a diploma in human resources management, is a certified human resources professional, and also has certificates in leading a mentally healthy workplace, conflict resolution and ergonomics. She believes that in an increasing digital world where cognitive automation is a reality, a deeper focus on the human condition offers organizations a timely opportunity to position the "human" in human resources as an innovative strategic advantage. Building relationships on a foundation of safety and trust, Moussa's purpose is to enable self care where personal ability meets personal accountability and walking the talk leads the way.

  



Georgia Pomaki

Georgia Pomaki

Georgia Pomaki is the leader of the mental health specialists team at Manulife. This team develops, tests and implements best practices for the management of mental health disability claims. Pomaki has a doctorate in occupational mental health and a clinical psychology specialization. She is a certified disability management professional and has worked with organizations to improve disability prevention and management. Pomaki has taught clinical courses at the university level and mental health in disability management at Simon Fraser University and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. She is lead author of the "Best Practices for Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Interventions for Workers with Mental Health Conditions," as well as author of scientific and industry publications on workplace mental health.

  


  

More information to be posted shortly.

For information on the speakers, please contact Sara Ametrano, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

Event Location: Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

Contemporary accommodations bring more fun to travelers staying at 489-room The Fairmont Waterfront, a luxury hotel set in a prime location in Vancouver where lots of fun destinations are within reach. A wide array of delicious food choices are featured at ARC Restaurant + Bar, with guests and locals invited to indulge in the local and handcrafted cuisine offered throughout the day


Address:

900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC V6C3L5

For more information about the conference accommodations please contact Emma Ramsey at
emma.ramsey@tc.tc


 



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Emma Ramsey
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Join the conversation! @BenCanMag #MentalHealth17


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