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Upcoming mental health lunch and learn sessions

Laura Chapman, work-life programs co-ordinator with Human Resources.

By Marcia Porter

The Department of Human Resources is shining a light on mental health and wellness issues with a series of brown bag lunch and learn sessions for faculty and staff at the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.

Organized by Laura Chapman, the department's work-life programs co-ordinator, the following sessions are being offered in room IIC-2014 during the month of May:

Tuesday, May 1:
Living Well With Stress

Wednesday, May 9:
Adding Humour to Your Life

Tuesday, May 15:
Creating Balance in Your Life

Tuesday, May 22:
Understanding Depressive Illness

Tuesday, May 29:
Boosting Your Positive Thoughts

Each session is facilitated by counsellors provided by Shepell-fgi, Memorial's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers, and repeated twice a day from 12-12:50 p.m. and 1-1:50 p.m. to accommodate lunch schedules.

"We're trying to reach out to employees in different ways," said Ms. Chapman. "This is an opportunity for employees to bring their lunch and learn new ways of dealing with challenges in their daily lives. We want our employees to know that under our EAP we offer services, not just counselling."

She says the brown bag lunch and learn sessions emphasize positive aspects of mental health, recognizing that most people in the workplace deal with stress and other issues from time to time.

"Mental health is a present and emerging issue facing all workplaces across the country," said Stephen Dodge, director of Human Resources. "It's an area we wanted to give some attention."

For more information about the sessions, please contact Laura Chapman at