Canada’s largest fitness organization views the link between mental and physical health as absolute and irrefutable. After all, mental health affects us all.
The challenge with mental health is that when things are tough it is not always visible and it can be extremely hard for people to talk about it. It is not like you have a broken leg that everyone can see – it can be a stigmatizing condition.
A dynamic workplace, like GoodLife, can offer some unique challenges and opportunities related to mental and emotional wellbeing. This is why a supportive work environment is so important. Having the support of friends, co-workers and supervisors can make a world of difference. Having that understanding will help people get through tough situations while keeping their dignity intact.
GoodLife Fitness wants its Associates to feel they have a safe environment to come to – no matter who they are, where they work or what they are going through. We offer a wealth of options to help support the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of our Associates:
Get well days: Versus ‘sick’ days
Mental Wellness Policy: Provides an opportunity to understand the basics of mental illness. A policy intended to educate and inspire all to treat everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of physical or mental illness.
Employee Assistance Program: Confidential advice and counselling services available to all Associates and their dependents.
E-Learning module called “Mental Health Basics”: Introducing a common understanding where our people will feel safe to talk about their mental health issues and seek support from their peers and supervisors.
Manager “Do You Know What to Do? Guide”: Managers are often the first go-to people when Associates seek support or information. This resource guide is intended to help managers navigate difficult conversations with simple “what do to” and “what to say” directions.
Associate Mental Wellness Guide: When an Associate faces challenges or change, they should always be able to expect the support of their peers and GoodLife as a company. This guide is meant to empower them and provide resources to stay mentally strong and healthy.
Associate Plan for Resilient Workbook: A resource to help improve the ability to bounce back after a potential health, personal, or work crisis. It will help identify effective strategies and resources to draw on when needed.
Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day course): Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is defined as the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.
Post-incident Kit: To support Associates who have witnessed, or have been involved in an unusual/traumatic circumstance. These can include but are not limited to: Severe Medical Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Terror/Hate Attacks, and Disruptive Members.
Intranet links to validated self-assessment tools, crisis resources and customized, animated wellness videos on topics that affect one’s mental health, such as family, money and life simply becoming overwhelming.
We encourage all Associates to commit to becoming more educated and aware about mental health. Feeling able and comfortable to talk about mental health challenges in a nonjudgmental setting is also in line with one of our foundational core values, caring. This is integral to removing the stigma associated with mental health problems.
At GoodLife, our goal is to be viewed as a role model for positive physical and mental health and wellness in Canada. We understand that physical activity and movement is a key factor contributing to total wellness. We strive to continue to share the message about how important physical activity is to creating positive mental health and how strong mental health is a key component of living the good life – both internally and externally.
An estimated 1 in 2 people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s labour force alone have experienced a mental health issue. Ignite mental health support in your workplace by taking the free, online MindsMatter assessment today.