Mental Health in the Workplace
Trent University actively supports the mental health and well-being of its staff and faculty. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time and requires assistance, please contact any of the resources listed below:
LifeWorks: LifeWorks is available to you and your dependents, at no additional cost, to help you manage personal issues at work or at home. Their services are confidential and are offered 24/7, 365 days a year. LifeWorks also offers resources for managers (Deans, Chairs, Directors, Managers, Supervisors, etc) to assist managers with supporting their employees who may be dealing with Mental Health Issues.
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Please visit their website for web chat, resources, materials, and more.
The Mental Health Helpline: The Mental Health Helpline is a free, government-sponsored service offering confidential services 24/7, 365 days a year. A referral specialist will answer your call, email or webchat and can provide information about counseling services and support in your community, listen offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals and provide basic information and education about mental health and mental illness.
Please visit their website to email them or start a webchat
Mind Your Mind: Mind your mind is a free, not-for-profit organization who offers a multitude of mental health resources. They offer information and resources about many mental illnesses ranging from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and suicide. They offer strategies for getting yourself help, but also strategies for helping friends and colleagues who may be experiencing mental illness. Their website it a wealth of knowledge and resources.
Sun Life: Sun Life offers free mental health training modules for managers (Deans, Chairs, Directors, Managers, Supervisors, etc) available any time by visiting:
Modules offered include:
1. Introduction to mental health and disability
2. Managing mental health in the workplace
3. Managing absenteeism
4. Managing difficult behaviour
5. Managing interpersonal conflict
6. Staying at work and returning to work
7. It's my choice - understanding how many factors impact mental health
Other Useful Mental Health Resources:
CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association
Fourcast (treatment agency offering professional counselling services for anyone concerned about substance abuse or problem gambling, whether it is for them or someone they care about)
PRHC – Peterborough Regional Healthcare Centre
Durham Mental Health Services / Mobile Services: Short-term crisis beds, visits, and free confidential support line for individuals 16+ with a history of mental illness. 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
Durham Distress Centre: telephone counselling, crisis, and suicide intervention, and referral. 905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688
ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services: Text is available from your mobile phone from 2 pm to 2 am daily and is accessed by dialing 258-258. You will need to complete a pre-chat survey and agree to terms and conditions of service and a responder will be available to you.
Talk4Healing: Culturally grounded crisis line for Indigenous women 1-888-200-9997
Durham Region Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Care Centre (Lakeridge Health): Crisis line providing counselling and referrals for sexual assault victims, all ages. 905-576-8711
Lakeridge Health Adult Mental Health Program: Crisis intervention, inpatient unit, and outpatient services at Lakeridge Health Oshawa site and many community locations.