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Workplace Mental Health No one is immune to mental health problems — we are all at risk. Workplaces are heavily impacted by mental health issues. When mental health issues are not addressed and treated properly, there can be considerable personal and financial costs to individuals and organizations. Fortunately, with prevention and early treatment and support, many of these costs can be significantly reduced or eliminated. CMHA – Calgary Region understands that talking about mental health issues is tough, especially at work. This year, the Workplace Mental Health program was launched to address that need. The program offers: Workshops; presentations; an e-learning module for stress management; and the annual Bottom Line Conference available for managers, supervisors, human resource, benefits and union providers as well as employees. In 2012-2013: “It’s really exciting to be help lead a transformation in the way society looks at mental health,” she explains. “We are on the precipice of a monumental shift – a shift that is beginning to see mental illness in a new and positive light and includes understanding and acceptance.” THE PROGRAM WAS LAUNCHED 200 Calgarians attended the Bottom Line Conference on February 27, 2012 94% of Bottom Line Conference attendees reported they have a better understanding of mental health in the workplace 90% of attendees said they had a better understanding of resources available in Calgary A n n u a l R e p o r t t o t h e C o m m u n i t y 2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 19