Element 3: Emergencies

Element 3: Emergencies

Psychological emergencies may occur in your workplace. It is important to have emergency response plans, trained personnel and resources in place to deal with psychological emergencies just as you do for other emergencies such as fire or medical incidents. 
  • Train your staff in Mental Health First Aid and post their names on your bulletin board along with other first aiders. 
  • Get help from Manitoba organizations trained to deal with crisis
  • Prepare a laminated card for managers and supervisors, which includes who to call: a list of internal contacts, including mental health first aiders, EAP providers if applicable and crisis resources in Manitoba, 911 and 911 equivalents in rural areas. 
Traumatic Events: traumatic events such as witnessing a life threatening event, violence or attending to a traumatic event can have significant impact on individuals in the workplace.  

​Similarly, your workplace may deal with high risk situations which over time have an impact on workers. Occupations such as social work, health care workers, first responders and correctional officers are all examples of occupations where there is risk for compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and post-traumatic stress.  

Mental Health Crisis: 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness this year.  Individuals in the workplace may experience a mental health crisis related to a psychological condition and/or a personal situation. Mental health crisis may involve a situation where there is bizarre behavior, concerns about suicide or harm against others.  Where there is immediate risk for self-harm or harm to others call 911. 

More resources regarding trauma, suicide prevention and mental health training can be found at:

KLINIC: http://klinic.mb.ca/education-training/
CMHA Winnipeg and Manitoba: http://mbwpg.cmha.ca/types-programs-services/education/ 
MHCC: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives/11893/working-mind


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