Be Well, Work Well


Taking care of business, one at a time.

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You are invited!

Re-connecting Community, Health & Economy for a day of learning and to be inspired!

It’s been far too long since we were able to gather in person for an event like this! Emerging from COVID-19, we recognize there are complex issues that require input from citizens and the business community in Huron and Perth.

The Solutions Event is an opportunity to learn, share insights and engage in community conversations that matter. For more information, visit:


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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Farmer Wellness Initiative 

Access to free, 24/7/365 counselling to Ontario farmers and family members. Call 1-866-267-6255.


The Guardian Network

A volunteer suicide prevention program to support the Ontario farming community. 


In the Know

A mental health literacy program for farmers and the agricultural community. 

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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

Mental health and substance use support in Huron and Perth counties. Offices located in Goderich, Seaforth and Stratford, although clients can be seen where they reside.

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Mental Health Commission of Canada

Leads the development and dissemination of programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians.

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Canadian Mental Health Association

Committed to making mental health possible for all. A provincial organization that contributes to knowledge, skills and resources to contribute to provincial policy.

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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."


Be Well Work Well


Providing education and training to expand knowledge translation and initiate comprehensive community conversations. 

In Gateway's 17th Lecture Series, Leith Deacon discusses qualitative and quantitative results from the Be Well Work Well project. Highlighting disruptions in the workforce and the experiences of employers and employees in Huron and Perth counties throughout the pandemic.