City of Saskatoon Employee Family Assistance Program



Mandate

The Employee & Family Assistance Program Board of Directors (the “Board”) is represented by Unions, Associations, Departments and Boards of the City of Saskatoon.  It has full authority and responsibility over the governance, operation and evaluation of The City of Saskatoon Employee & Family Assistance Program (the “Program”).

 

 

Vision

 

To enable support to City employees and their families to address personal issues that may be impacting work performance through proper governance and responsibility of the Program.

 

 

Mission

 

The Board of Directors is responsible to ensure the operation and evaluation of the Program continues to support the needs of the City’s employees and their families in the most cost-effective process.  The Board recognizes that treatment for mental health and behaviour issues, when referred to appropriate professionals, can foster an emotionally healthy work environment.

 

 


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Videos and Webinars

The following videos provide practice insights and strategies on a variety of topics related to the impact of COVID-19.


CTRI Crisis trauma and Resource Institute has the following videos available. Check out their site at
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/free-covid-19-resources/

·        Mental Health and Resilience   

Mental Health and Resilience
This webinar will explore key factors for understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will receive concrete guidance for building resilience and staying emotionally and mentally healthy during this stressful time, including insights for supporting children.
Returning to Childcare

·        Returning to Childcare

This webinar is designed for people working in childcare settings as they prepare to return to work during the pandemic. Using theories from neurobiology, this presentation will increase understanding of how the brain and body respond to cues of safety and cues of danger.


·        Wellness Strategies 

Wellness Strategies
This webinar explores unique factors impacting the well-being and resilience of helpers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies for protecting, healing, and maintaining wellness and resilience for those in a wide variety of helping roles will be provided.

·        Supporting Children

Supporting Children
This webinar explores stress in children and youth as well as key factors for fostering their resilience. Viewers will learn strategies to help support children’s attachment relationships and their physical and emotional well-being, along with strategies to cope with grief and loss.

·        Working from Home 

Working from Home
This webinar offers suggestions for maintaining communication with other staff and supervisors, and explores strategies for how you can maintain personal motivation and manage your time while working remotely.

·        Managing Your Stress  

Managing Your Stress
This webinar will offer you a deeper understanding of stress and how it can impact you, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis. Practical strategies for managing stress will be provided.



YouTube Channel

View additional free video resources on our YouTube channel.



The Wellness society has put together a free resource  workbook for Coronavirus anxiety.

https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook/



Managing our stress

5 tips for surviving these uncertain times

How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus


Pod casts you may find of interest


Does the new coronavirus from China make you a little anxious? How concerned should we be? Is it a real threat or mostly hype? In today’s podcast, Dr. John Grohol, founder and editor-in-chief of PsychCentral.com, explains what the coronavirus is, how it compares to the flu and why it seems to have hit the panic button in a lot of people. He offers tips to avoid getting sick in general, and importantly, gives advice on how to keep our anxiety levels in check when it comes to new disease outbreaks, especially in how we seek information from the media.

https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-managing-coronavirus-outbreak-anxiety/


5 podcasts to help ease anxiety during the coronavirus crisis

These episodes offer tips about how to manage the heightened emotions many are experiencing right now.
https://www.today.com/tmrw/coronavirus-mental-health-podcasts-5-episodes-ease-anxiety-t176235



ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Supporting Children During COVID-19 Trainer: Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych

Children’s daily rhythms of home and school life have been dramatically disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these changes, children may be experiencing an increase in stress and anxiety. As they navigate these experiences and feelings, it can sometimes put strain on family relationships as parents and caregivers are also navigating this new reality. This webinar explores stress in children and youth as well as key factors for fostering their resilience. Viewers will learn strategies to help support children’s attachment relationships and their physical and emotional well-being, along with strategies to cope with grief and loss.

https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/free-webinar/


Beyond Blue - Not Alone with Marc Fennell

 

When it comes to mental health, we all have our own unique stories to tell. But no matter what we are going through, there are other people experiencing it too.



From Beyond Blue, this is Not Alone. A podcast where everyday Australians talk about their mental health journey to help you with yours.


https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/not-alone?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pc_email_bb_audience&utm_creative=podcast_bb_aud_main_page&utm_id=em_0039&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BB_podcast_email_to_bb_audience&utm_term=podcast_bb_aud_main_page


How to Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19   Author: Wilma Schroeder (BN, MMFT)
Trainer, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

The usual rituals and ceremonies of funerals, memorials, and gatherings provide something to hold on to when we are experiencing grief and loss. These shared experiences and connections with others hold a healing power. But now, those rituals and ceremonies are denied to us because of the necessity for physical distancing to beat COVID-19. We can’t even visit our loved ones in hospital, to hold their hands and infuse them with our loving presence. How do we deal with grief and loss during this pandemic?

https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/blog/how-to-cope-with-grief-and-loss-during-covid-19/