Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health 2014

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We can help - 1 866 833-7690In 2010 Bell announced that it would be contributing $50 million to mental health related initiatives over the next five years. The Bell Mental Health initiative supports an extensive range of programs to enhance mental health in every aspect of Canadian life.

The four pillars of this initiative are:

  1. workplace mental health
  2. research
  3. community care and access
  4. anti-stigma

One of the key pillars of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative is anti-stigma. As part of Bell’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign has already begun to engage Canadians in the dialogue around mental health.

Once again, with Olympian Clara Hughes front and centre, the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign will feature a …

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Quit smoking with our smoking cessation program

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Quit smokingGiving up smoking is like giving up a friend. Only people who smoke understand this statement. There’s a certain mourning period you go through where you keep reaching for a cigarette and it’s not there. Similarly, your routine is all out of whack – the cigarette you have with your morning coffee is no more, the smoke break you take with colleagues has come to end, and the satisfaction of lighting up after work has gone. Not only are you faced with the physical and social withdrawal of quitting smoking, but you’re making a transition from smoker to non-smoker and like any change, this can be challenging.

Your Employee and Family Assistance Program can help you solve all kinds of …

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Breaking up is hard to do

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Breaking up is hard to doJanuary is commonly referred to as the month for separation and divorce and there may be a number of reasons for this. For starters, many feel that the Holidays aren’t the ideal time to end a relationship – plans have been made, friends and family are expecting you and your partner to participate together, and you don’t want to spoil the good cheer with the news of a breakup. So even if you made the decision to end a relationship, you may have elected to put off the inevitable until after the festivities.

For others, the Holidays may have provided the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. She embarrassed you at the family gathering…again. He was cruel …

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Is there a bias against older workers?

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Is there a bias against older workersThe good news is a record number of older workers over the age of 60 are flooding the job market and have been since 2009. In fact, Canadians over 60 account for almost one third of all net job gains, in spite of the fact that they represent only about 8 per cent of the total labour force. Even more surprising is the fact that about 37 per cent of those who found work during this period were in their seventies. In contrast, during this same period, workers under the age of 59 suffered net job losses of 500,000.

“Most of the job gains since the recovery began in 2009 have been concentrated in service industries, including professional, scientific,

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: walk to remember

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Alzheimers Awareness MonthAlzheimer’s disease is something we think only happens to older people and nothing for us to worry about. But like most things, the foundations we lay down for ourselves today greatly shape our futures.

With life getting faster and more demanding each day, we’ve become very good at ignoring our health. Too busy or too tired to cook or go to the gym, our sedentary lives are catching up to us on an epidemic level and the statistics are pretty frightening.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect:

  • 747,000 Canadians and yet only 33% of people are diagnosed
  • 44 million people worldwide
  • 135 million people by 2050 worldwide

With Alzheimer’s and related dementias expected to reach epidemic levels, it’s time to …

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