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Canadian Nurses Association joins Partners for Mental Health’s Not Myself Today campaign

Ottawa, June 4, 2013 — As part of its commitment to act on recommendations from its independent National Expert Commission and to proactively address mental health in the workplace and create healthier workplaces, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is holding a “Mental Health Break” for its more than 80 staff members. June 6 is national Not Myself Day @ Work, a part of Partners for Mental Health’s Not Myself Today campaign.

During this event, CNA will announce its commitment to implementing the national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace — as championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada — including mental health first aid, which helps employees recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in their co-workers and connect them with the care they need.


National Not Myself Day @ Work and CNA’s Mental Health Break


CNA and Partners for Mental Health


Thursday, June 6, 2013
Highlights include:

10:10 a.m.

Welcome by Anne Sutherland Boal, CNA COO

10:15 a.m.

Remarks by Jeff Moat, Partners for Mental Health president

10:20 a.m.

Remarks by Sjors Reijers, Mental Health Commission of Canada


10:30 a.m.

Mental health break activities for staff, including chair yoga, meditation, chair massages and esthetician services


12:00 p.m.

Staff lunch and mental health in the workplace presentation


50 Driveway, Ottawa

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing nearly 150,000 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization dedicated to transforming the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and mental illness. Its mission is to engage millions of Canadians to take action to support mental health by participating in campaigns, events and activities that promote mental health and well-being, contacting politicians to influence policy, volunteering and fundraising.


For more information, please contact:

Kate Headley
External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca

Leslie Dragon
Director, Marketing
Partners for Mental Health
Telephone: 613-683-3734
Cell: 613-809-3476 
E-mail: ldragon@partnersformh.ca