Be Well, Work Well


Taking care of business, one at a time.


Rural communities and local businesses in Huron and Perth Counties have been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health has partnered with the Ontario Government and other local partners to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and substance use in rural Huron and Perth workplaces.

Be Well Work Well is a community-based research project that 
aims to strengthen Huron-Perth rural communities by ensuring that the voices of local employers and their employees are heard and reflected in the solutions. By joining communities together through roundtable discussions and focus groups, the project will support the resiliency of local rural businesses, employers, and employees into the future.

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Current Stage

Phase 1

Research Outline


Literature Review


Partnership Development

Community Engagement


Communication Strategy

Phase 2

Data Analysis


Focus Groups, Group Discussion & Interviews

Community Conversations

Resource Development

Education & Training

Phase 3

Development of Recommendations

Implementation Plan

Sustainability Plan

Large-Scale Event

Final Reporting


211 Ontario

211 is a helpline and online database of Ontario's community and social services. 211 is answered and updated by highly-trained specialists.

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The Farmers' Toolbox

A wide array of mental health resources curated specifically for farmers, anyone in the agricultural industry and residents of rural Ontario.


Resilience Huron Perth

Resilience Huron Perth provides a wide range of support services to people with mental illness, while continuing to place emphasis on community education and eliminating stigma. Office locations are located in Goderich, Seaforth and Stratford, although clients can be seen where they reside.

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Mental Health Commission of Canada

"The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians."

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Canadian Mental Health Association

"CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. We contribute our knowledge, resources and skills to provincial policy development and implementation. We promote mental health in collaboration with others. We further equitable access to mental health services and champion the reduction of mental health disparities."

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Huron-Perth Public Health

Huron-Perth Public Health offers a variety of local supports, including the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team, 1-888-829-7484.


Psychological Health in the Workplace

"The purpose of this Guideline is to support the Labour Program’s mandate of promoting fair, safe, and productive workplaces. It is a brief introduction to the concept of psychological health and safety in the workplace."


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

"The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government."


News & Events

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Be Well Work Well

Webinar Series

Providing education and training to expand knowledge translation and initiate comprehensive community conversations. Facilitated by Lauren VanEwyk, the webinars cover a diverse range of topics aimed at providing strategies and resources to be well at work.

Cultivating Resilience in the Ag Community

Cultivating Resilience in the Ag Community

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More webinars coming soon...

Listen to Leith Deacon's Interview on the "Be Well Work Well" Project.


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