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- Area Workplaces Reminded That Registration Deadline for April 9 Mental Health Workshop is Fast Approaching -

(COBOURG) – Mary Ann Baynton wants local organizations to make workplace mental health part of their business, especially when it can pay off for them and their employees.

Baynton is a leading expert and author on workplace mental health in Canada. She regularly works with employers, organizations, unions and associations to improve, address and resolve mental health issues at work. Baynton says she is excited to be coming to Cobourg for an April 9 workshop to share information and resources with local organizations.

“There is a very good business case for workplace mental health,” says Baynton. “When you support employees with mental health issues, you can often keep those employees productive and at work, and most importantly… healthy! That’s good for the individual and it is good for the entire organization!”

Local workplaces are reminded that the registration deadline is fast approaching for the following event:

WHAT: ‘Solutions 2 Work Stress: Strategies for Success’ Workshop

(Presented by: HKPR District Health Unit and Workplace Wellness in Northumberland Committee)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 9 am to 3 pm

WHERE: Cobourg Lions Centre (157 Elgin St. E.)

WHY: Workplace mental health expert Mary Ann Baynton will help participants learn practical strategies to prevent work stress, address mental health stigma, support employees with mental health concerns, and develop and maintain a psychologically safe and healthy workplace. The event is ideal for managers, business owners, human resources professionals, supervisors, union leaders and health and safety committee members. Takeaway resources are also provided.

TO JOIN: Cost is $175/person (includes breakfast, lunch and snack). Deadline to register is April 2. To sign up or for more information, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1210, e-mail healthyworkplaces@hkpr.on.ca or visit Solutions 2 Work Stress

Event organizer Lisa van der Vinne, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says the workshop is a worthwhile investment for local workplaces. “Mental health is a difficult topic to tackle in the workplace, and that’s where Mary Ann Baynton can share practical strategies for success,” van der Vinne notes. “Doing nothing is not the answer if an employee experiences a mental illness. It just costs everyone more in the long run.”

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For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa van der Vinne, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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