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Mental Health Week: Building Empathy

This week is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 71st annual Mental Health Week which brings awareness to the mental health of Canadians. This year’s theme, empathy, highlights that understanding another’s perspective can increase compassion and help reduce and resolve conflict.


Canadian statistics show that one of every five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in any given year. In recognition of the need to support both our own mental health and the mental health of those with whom we work, live and play, Vantage provides support through several initiatives.


We provide applied training, both virtual and in-person, for all workers, which is also available to other stakeholders and community members, to support all in both their work and personal relationships including:


Mandt provides training in building healthy relationships, positive behaviour support and trauma-informed care.



Mental Health First Aid that increases skills to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis that builds mental health literacy, decreases stigma, and teaches us to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.


Mental Health First Aid training provided in-person provides applied learning in supporting someone through some of the most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, trauma-related and psychotic-related.


Mental Health First Aid virtual builds on the same model while providing applied learning in supporting someone who may be from a different cultural background than the individual, supporting individuals from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and understanding the importance of self-care


in maintaining our own mental health.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) provides life-saving tools such as recognizing signs, providing skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to save lives from suicide.


Vantage ensures all staff are trained and mandates that Mandt training is renewed every single year and mental health training is renewed every three years.


Additional to training, Vantage practices ‘academy minutes.’ To kick off team meetings, a trained individual presents a 10 - 15 minute resource or training around a specific concept to ensure safety and mental health are always top of mind.


Vantage also shares a variety of resources with our workers and anyone else who is interested to assist them in their own mental health care and in assisting others that is easily accessible via QR code while they are off-site: www.theworkingmind.ca/continuum-self-check


Individuals interested in obtaining more information or registering for the above training may contact Vantage directly.

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