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IWH News

May 2018

Guide to support workers with depression now available to download

If someone you work with or supervise experiences depression—or if you have symptoms yourself—there are ways to offer and seek support. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s new Evidence-informed guide to supporting people with depression in the workplace lays out tips and suggestions. It’s aimed at helping people with depression cope with symptoms while working or returning to work after an episode of depression. Users may include individuals with depression, managers, co-workers, human resources staff, union representatives and worker representatives. When it comes to supporting workers with depression, everyone can help.

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Systematic review finds CBT an effective workplace support for depression

IWH’s Evidence-informed guide to supporting people with depression in the workplace is based on a research project that began with a systematic review of the available scientific literature. It found evidence for the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), especially when focused on work-related issues. Findings from this research project are summarized in a recent At Work article.

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Wellness amenities near or at work can encourage more off-time exercise, study finds

Three out of four working Canadians have access to a gym, a sports field, a pleasant place to walk, a shower or a change room, a fitness class or an organized sports team near or at their work. Does the availability of these amenities encourage people to exercise more in their off-time? It would seem yes, says a new study.

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Upcoming presentation: Understanding the reporting of workplace violence in hospitals

As part of a province-wide effort to reduce workplace violence in the health-care sector, Ontario’s hospitals are now required to track the number of workplace violence incidents and report it annually. But what do we know about the extent to which these types of incidents are under-reported? In an upcoming IWH Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Peter Smith shares the findings of a recent survey and discusses the implications for the reporting of this workplace hazard.

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Thanks for stopping by at our booth at Partners in Prevention

A big thanks goes out to the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for another successful Partners in Prevention conference last week. And thanks to all those who stopped by our booth to learn about our research, sign up for our newsletters and enter our draw for a Fitbit. Congratulations to the winner of the draw: Caroline Woronko, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, NPL Canada. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, our conference special handout, 5 things we think you should know, is available to download and share.

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IWH welcomes new board member

The Institute extends a warm welcome to its newest board member, Dr. Andréane Chénier. Chénier is a national representative specializing in health and safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). She brings a public-sector worker perspective as a representative on many committees, including the Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Council. Chénier replaces Lisa McCaskell, who recently stepped down from the board. The Institute thanks McCaskell for her many years of service and her considered guidance as a member of the board since 2010 and vice-chair since 2013.

Meet the board of directors

CRE-MSD webinars to explore new MSD guideline and the risks of ‘lean’

How do efficiency improvement approaches such as ‘lean production’ raise the risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among workers? A May 30 webinar offered by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) will delve into a case study—that of a car dismantling factory—to explore this question. Also offered by CRE-MSD is a June 12 webinar introducing the new MSD prevention guideline. This second webinar will offer a preview of the guideline’s new features and outline the upcoming activities leading up to the guideline’s official release in October. Both webinars are free but require registration in advance.

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For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Communications Manager
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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