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Whistle While you Work: Tips for Mental Health in the Workplace

by The PLACE Research Lab Team The PLACE Research Lab | May 24 2018

We’ve all experienced how the workplace affects our mental health: the ups that come with feeling useful and productive and the tension that follows conflict or frustration. There are many little things we can do while we’re at work to boost and maintain mental health—and none of them require contorting yourself into a cross-legged position and levitating above your desk! Here are some tips…»

Winding Down for Wellness

by The Sandbox Staff | May 17 2018

With the end of the school year approaching, everyone is working hard to wrap things up before the summer months. When life gets hectic and your mind is preoccupied, it’s easy to forget the importance of taking time to recharge. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you and your colleagues during life’s busy times. Write it out. Not only is it relaxing, journaling is also a great way to stay…»

Stronger on the Other Side

by Megan Hunter ASEBP | May 10 2018

Now that spring has FINALLY sprung, I’m getting really excited to get out and stand-up paddleboard (or SUP as it’s referred to) on the rivers here in Alberta—more on this later and I promise it’s important. Back in March, the ASEBP Health Promotion Services team supercharged our workplace wellness liaison skills by becoming Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health…»

Culture is the Key to a Better Workplace

by Dr. Graham Lowe ASEBP Consultant | May 3 2018

Culture is the fuzzy part of any organization. It’s both a puzzle and a paradox. Figuring out the dominant values and unwritten norms that guide every-day behaviour in a workplace can be like solving a puzzle. Paradoxically, this soft underbelly of an organization actually provides the most solid foundation for building a healthier and more productive workplace. Indeed, healthy workplace research…»

Here Comes the Sun

by The Sandbox Staff | April 26 2018

Yes, folks, it’s true! We’re finally on the road to brighter, greener days and, as The Beatles aptly put it, it feels like years since it’s been here. According to reports, this has been a long, cold, lonely winter—no need for radio hosts and TV anchors to tell us that one! Let’s bask in the sunshine and use this time to rally colleagues to get outside and move while the air is warm and…»

A Question of Impairment

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | April 19 2018

Have you been wondering about how your workplace might be impacted by the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis and the potential increased use of medical cannabis? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Forward-looking organizations across the country (like yourselves!) are busy mining for ways to pre-empt any potential hurdles these changes might pose through careful policy development…»

Mental Health and the Workplace

by Leanne Companion ASEBP | April 12 2018

In my travels to various areas of the province to deliver Mental Health First Aid workshops, one question I am frequently asked is how to identify and support an employee who is struggling with a mental illness. Ultimately, the sooner this concern is addressed, the better the outcome. Quite often, our personal struggles are not because of one or even two stressors. Frequently it is a compilation of…»

Heading into the Home Stretch

by The Sandbox Staff | April 5 2018

Our clocks have moved ahead an hour, spring has officially sprung and the last big break of the school year is likely over (or almost over). All of this adds up to one fact: we’re in the home stretch of another school year! With the final few months ahead of us, how do we ensure workplace wellness doesn’t take a back seat? As always, The Sandbox has you covered with numerous resources to help…»

Let’s Get Walking—Together

by Melanie Fuller PCN Live Well | March 29 2018

Spring is here and as we all emerge from our hibernation caves, we are just in time to celebrate National Walk in The Park Day on March 30. Walking has many amazing health benefits, but joining a walking group can help us do more than just reach those activity goals. Get Social Joining a walking group is a great way to meet new people and explore your community. Alberta is home to many gorgeous parks…»

Shaping the Fun

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | March 22 2018

As a new team member of Health Promotion Services at ASEBP, I was excited to hear we were attending the Shaping the Future conference in February—talk about perfect timing to start a new position! Shaping the Future is a pan-Canadian school health summit that brings ideas of health, wellness and ideal learning environments together for all students and staff. The conference is a great opportunity…»