Government, emergency responders, health-care professionals, and community advocates are meeting today, Oct. 31, in Halifax to discuss workplace mental health and specifically post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Nova Scotia’s first Workplace Mental Health and PTSD Conference is hosted by the province, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and the Tema Conter Memorial Trust.
“For too long mental health injuries haven’t been discussed, or even acknowledged, in our homes, our communities, and our workplaces,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Fortunately, that’s changing. The conference will keep this important conversation going and help build more awareness and understanding.”
At the conference local and national experts will discuss workplace mental health injuries, PTSD, prevention and early intervention strategies, support system best practices, and innovative treatment options. Participants will also take part in facilitated workshops.
“For some workers, including first responders, trauma is a workplace hazard,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board Nova Scotia. “Awareness is so important. People need to know about work-related PTSD and the support available to people whose work affects them in this way. That’s why we’re so pleased to be part of this event.”
Education sessions throughout the rest of the week will offer mental health training for emergency responders, resiliency workshops and psychosocial first aid training.
“The aim of our psychosocial first aid course is to provide early and supportive interventions that will assist people with the emotional distress that may result from involvement in an accident, injury or sudden shocking events,” said Tema Conter’s executive director Vince Savoia. “We are thrilled to bring this, and other educational tools to Nova Scotia and hope we will be able to continue supporting those who help others every day.”
For more information on the Workplace Mental Health and PTSD Conference, visit http://novascotia.ca/lae/PTSD-week/.