Letting Employees Do the Talking
Tony Hall is an employee at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). After Tony lost his son, Jordon, to suicide he wanted to help others understand depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses. Tony spoke to over 50 high schools as part of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) program, “Talking About Mental Illness”.
Each talk leaves an impact on everyone in the room. OPG and its unions (Power Workers Union (PWU) and The Society) recognized how impactful Tony’s story was and partnered to make a video so he can share his story on a larger scale. The video, along with an anti-stigma presentation, was given to over 10,000 OPG employees and was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Watch Tony’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wA6ASCQNPU
Everybody has been touched by mental illness at some point in their life; whether it be personally, or through a family member or friend. Understanding how to identify early signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, and seeking help immediately, can have a significant impact on the success of recovery. OPG saw the mental health first aid training as an opportunity to give people leaders the tools and resources they need to support employees at a time of need. Since 2016, OPG has trained over 2500 people leaders, which has coincided with an increase in Employee and Family Assistance Plan usage and a 20% reduction in the duration of mental health claims. Thanks to this work, OPG’s culture has shifted towards a supportive environment where you are encouraged to speak out.