October is Workplace Wellness Month and as such, MindWell-U is pleased to make a number of resources available to you and your workplace.
After entering your details below, feel free to download, share and discuss the materials below.
MindWell-U in discussion with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn will be in Ottawa, Canada on September 21st hosting an event at Parliament Hill and meeting with Members of Parliament. Thanks to our partners at INNERSPACE, MindWell-U is sponsoring a private meeting with Dr. Kabat-Zinn where he and MWU's Dr. Geoff Soloway will discuss "Transformative Applications of Mindfulness in Life and Work".
Visit this page again at the end of the month to download notes, photos and video from the meeting.
Free webinar series on e-mental health co-hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada
All are welcome to register for one or both free webinars. If you can’t attend the live broadcasts please register anyway and we’ll send you the recordings as soon as they’re available.
‘How to Take Action’
Tuesday, October 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET
- Which programs are considered most effective and why
- How to choose the right program for your organization
- Best practices for implementing e-mental health tools
- Cost considerations
‘The Ins and Outs of e-Mental Health’
Tuesday, October 3 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET
- What e-mental health is and how it fills the void
- The evidence base of its effectiveness for different mental health problems and illnesses
- What e-mental health doesn’t do
- Potential for impact
Read our latest blog post called Why Add Mindfulness to a Workplace Wellness Program
Among other things, Dr. Geoff Soloway explains: "Workplace Wellness Programs often promote physical exercise, and we know now the importance and possibilities of mental exercise. Mindfulness practice is a form of mental exercise, and when practiced routinely (similar to going to the gym or walking 10,000 steps) there is a significant benefit. Mental health is top of mind for most workplaces and therefore workplaces need to be offering trainings – not simply education – in the area of mental health.
MWU’s top 3 tips for adding mindfulness to workplace wellness programs:
The ROI of Mindfulness Training
Aetna instituted an employee mindfulness program and 12 month later it saved the company $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs, and gained about $3,000 per employee in productivity. This New York Times article explains.
30 Day Mindfulness Challenge
MindWell-U's e-mental health tool called the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge has been studied by university researchers and is shown to lower stress, increase resilience and improve performance. Below are some components of the Challenge which you are welcome to use in your workplace.
This video explains the benefits of mindfulness and introduces people to "Take 5", MindWell-U's core mindfulness practice that's woven throughout the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge in order to make Take 5 a habit.
Consider sharing the video with employees, playing before a team meeting or including in your workplace wellness initiatives.
Included in the Challenge is a series of infographics which teach participants, among other things, how to hard wire happiness, get off 'Thought Trains' and be mindful in the middle of whatever they're doing. The Challenge teaches something called 'mindfulness-in-action'... no dark rooms, scented candles or yoga mats required!
These infographics could be shared with employees in a presentation, in print or on your intranet site. You could also release them one at a time or as a set. HINT: involve management in the distribution of these in order to send a clear message to employees that workplace wellness is supported by the organization.
Participants in the Challenge and their buddies (everyone who takes the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge gets to include a buddy from outside the organization at no cost) are encouraged to listen to this Take 5 podcast and learn the steps so they can be present and mindful no matter what they are doing (in a meeting, commuting to work, having a difficult conversation, etc.).
Share this 3 min podcast with your leaders and managers and have them play it before starting their next meeting. Wait until you see how attendees become more present, engaged and focused!