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Lunch and learn about mental health
Marcia Porter
Laura Chapman


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

Organized by the department’s Work-life Programs Co-ordinator Laura Chapman, the following sessions are being offered in the Beatrice Watts meeting room 2014, during the month of May:

Living well with stress, May 1

Adding humour to your life, May 9

Creating Balance in Your Life, May 15

Understanding Depressive Illness, May 22

Boosting your positive thoughts, May 29


Each session is facilitated by counselors provided by Shepell-fgi, Memorial’s Employee Assistance program providers, and repeated twice a day from 12 - 12:50 and 1 - 1:50 to accommodate lunch schedules.


“We’re trying to reach out to employees in different ways,” says 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,” says Stephen Dodge, director of Human Resources. It’s an area we wanted to give some attention.


For more information about the sessions, contact Laura Chapman at

Apr 19th, 2012

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