“Many employers realize they have to do something more and the good news
is that they’re ready to do something about it,” Moat said. “I think we’re on the cusp of having Corporate Canada step up and really do something about this issue.”
The Not Myself Today initiative and the tools and resources are evaluated annually to determine effectiveness and impact, ensuring it is starting conversations, increasing awareness and knowledge about mental health and reducing stigma.
“Every company and organization and household in Canada is touched by this,” Moat said. “The solutions need to be owned collectively as well. We need to make it something we can confront and talk about. What we did with Not Myself Today
is to address this notion of the stigma that surrounds mental illness. It’s something most people would rather not talk about so we need to create cultures of acceptance and support for mental health.”
For more information on the Not Myself Today workplace initiative, please visit notmyselftoday.ca and for Partners for Mental Health, visit partnersformh.ca.