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Workers’ Compensation Conference, June 20-21, offers Mental Health 101
June 20, 2019 - June 21, 2019
The OFL & ONIWG are sponsoring an exciting Workers’ Compensation Conference on June 20-21 at the IBEW Local 353 Hall in Toronto. The purpose of this conference is to inform our activists and advocates, to review and reinvigorate the Workers’ Comp is a Right campaign, to work with our system partners to make the compensation system fairer for injured workers and to support collaboration with labour and the injured worker community to achieve these goals.
Learn more about the workshop:
Mental Health 101
Mental illness is considered the number one cause of workplace disability in Canada. Yet, stigma around the topic is a key reason why many Ontarians don’t talk about mental illness in their workplaces. This half-day workshop is your chance to become more informed and talk more openly about mental health in the workplace.
Participants will learn how to promote a greater understanding of occupational mental health and illness. The discussion includes a demonstration of Mindsight, an online educational resource to reduce stigma by promoting awareness of mental illness, and facilitating a greater understanding of basic strategies and resources for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge
The workshop focuses on the most frequently cited ground of discrimination that is disability. It looks at how disability and the duty to accommodate plays out with particular emphasis on employment. This workshop will help participants recognize rights, obligations and principles of accommodation (respect for dignity, individualization, integration and full participation).
Workplace Mental Health Injury Claims
Prevention Link’s Workplace Mental Health Injuries workshop is ideal for workers’ compensation representatives who have some case work experience and are looking to gain more knowledge on mental health injury claims. This workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of mental health and illness, stigma and discrimination, and how conditions are diagnosed and what treatment options are available. Specific to workers’ compensation, the workshop explores which mental health injuries are covered by WSIB policy and law, how such claims are adjudicated, and applicable legal principles. The workshop will conclude with a review of case law examples, sample medical reports and group discussion.