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MP Caesar-Chavannes’ Challenge to Durham Region Employers: Make Workplace Mental Health Matter

WHITBY, ONT., November 15, 2017—Today Whitby Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes called on Durham employers to show their support for workplace mental health and take CivicAction’s free MindsMatter assessment. The challenge was part of an event at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, co-hosted by M.P. Caesar-Chavannes’ Office and CivicAction, that brought Durham employers and stakeholders together to explore the what, how, and why of workplace mental health.

“In Durham Region alone, nearly 4,000 people were hospitalized at least once due to mental illness in 2015,” said M.P. Caesar-Chavannes. “Our workplaces can play a unique role in supporting people’s mental health, and I believe Durham employers can take the lead.”

CivicAction’s MindsMatter assessment is a free, confidential and easy-to-use online tool that provides employers with a tailored report of three actions in only three minutes. The assessment, also available in French, is designed to help employers determine that first or next step in creating a more mental health-supportive workplace.

Since CivicAction launched the MindsMatter program a year ago, 600 organizations across Canada have taken the assessment and have the actions they need to benefit more than 1.4 million employees.

“MindsMatter provides an on-ramp for employers of any size or sector to start their mental health journey,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction, “It’s a first-of-its-kind assessment that is filling a real gap by converting good intentions into great actions.”

The assessment was developed in response to a 2016 study by the Canadian Mental Health Association that showed 42% of Canadian business leaders want to create mental health-supportive workplaces, yet haven’t due to lack of time, resources, or know-how.

Event partners include Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 360insights, Station Gallery, and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on CivicAction’s MindsMatter Mental Health in the Workplace program, please visit:

To take the assessment, go to: or


CivicAction’s MindsMatter is brought to you through support from the Government of Ontario, Bell Let’s Talk, Aimia, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Morneau Shepell, CGI, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Metrolinx.



For more information, please contact:

Jeff Junke                                                      Stacey Berry
Communications Manager                             Constituency Manager
CivicAction                                                      Office of MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes
416-309-4480 ext. 533                                    289-356-4054                     


About CivicAction: Since 2002, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. To find out more visit or follow us on twitter at @CivicActionGTHA.

About CivicAction’s MindsMatter Program: CivicAction’s MindsMatter program leverages the workplace as a resource by helping employers quickly know where their organization is at in supporting people’s mental health and how to better support them. The program was developed in partnership with over forty organizations on CivicAction’s Mental Health Champions Council and Advisory Group.

The content for the MindsMatter assessment was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada with the financial support of Health Canada. Technology assistance is thanks to Morneau Shepell with branding and creative by PUBLIC Inc. To find out more visit

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