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.
your staff in Mental
Health First Aid and post their names on your bulletin board
along with other first aiders.
help from Manitoba
organizations trained to deal with crisis
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 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:
CMHA Winnipeg and Manitoba: http://mbwpg.cmha.ca/types-programs-services/education/
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