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.
The Solutions Event
The Solutions Event was held on November 17, 2022 and the day focused on connection, collaboration and collective work to develop solutions for all. Discussions and activities were future-oriented and solution-focused and at the end of the day everyone walked away with an action plan to implement in their own individual sphere.
Final Report Complete
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health support The Be Well Work Well project. The formal research project is now complete, and sustainability planning is ongoing to implement community action around the recommendations identified through the project.
The Final Report was completed in January 2023, and outlines the research methodologies, community development strategies employed, research findings, recommendations and more. If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about initiatives underway around the recommendations, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Focus Groups, Group Discussion & Interviews
Education & Training
Development of Recommendations
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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.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Leads the development and dissemination of programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians.
CMHA Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services
As a sector, their goal is to support our communities through the delivery of much needed mental health and addiction programs and services.
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."
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."
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.