Addiction refers to the problematic use of a substance. The harms of substance use can range from mild (e.g., feeling hungover, being late for work) to severe (e.g., homelessness, disease). Treatment options for addiction include self-help, counselling, medications and withdrawal management.
MENTAL HEALTH FOR INDIVIDUALS
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Each one of us is responsible for taking care of our mental health, at work and at home. It’s important to understand that the journey to a healthy mind fits along a Mental Health Continuum or in stages.
LEADING A CONVERSATION
Effective communication is easier said than done. It can be especially difficult to communicate effectively when you are busy on set and have people around and tasks that need doing. For this reason, we suggest that you only engage in a conversation about a mental health or substance abuse issue during a slower period, or before or after work, when you can give your full attention to your peer, and they can give their full attention to you. In this module, you will learn tools and strategies to have an effective conversation with a fellow crew member who is struggling with mental health or substance use.
READY TO LEND A HELPING HAND?
When we think about mental health issues, we typically think of things like anxiety, depression, addiction or burnout. But what about being “stressed out”? Feeling like you’re “losing it”? Needing a drink or a toke because you “can’t take the pressure”?
All of these are important to pay attention to when it comes to assessing our emotional and mental health and wellbeing, or the wellbeing of fellow crew members and colleagues.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
By now, if you’ve been following along with the first 3 Modules, you might feel ready and willing to help a peer in need. You might even feel equipped to ask your peer how they’re doing and listen with an empathetic ear. So what if one of your peers does share something about their struggles and asks you for help – what then? In this module, we’ll explore what you can offer to support your fellow crew member while maintaining awareness of your own limits.
GUIDEBOOK FOR SUPPORTING OTHERS: HOW TO LEND A HELPING HAND
Companion e-book to the Peer Support Training Modules: open and download this free resource book that includes the content of the peer modules and also provides a list of publicly available resources and referrals.
Download this Guidebook and access useful mental health tools and information that will give you the confidence to be a support to others (and benefit yourself too!).