As many of you know, on November 28, 2017, MHCC hosted a one-day forum which brought together more than 80 stakeholders, including members of all levels of government, researchers, community service providers, and people with lived experience to exchange ideas and share promising practices towards achieving a single goal: identifying actionable recommendations to reduce employment barriers for individuals living with a mental illness.
The Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour provided opening remarks to the forum and touched on both personal and professional experiences related to mental health and the workplace. Hearing from individuals who have experience living with a mental illness is a cornerstone of the MHCC’s work and their input is both crucial and valued. With that in mind, the forum opened with a panel of individuals living with a mental illness who shared their personal employment experiences. The remainder of the day was structured to provide an overview of the research and best practices of three approaches to create and support employment for people living with a mental illness: Supported Employment, Social Enterprises, and Disability Income Support. Following these panel presentations from the researchers, participants were given the opportunity to provide feedback and engage in group discussion.
For your reference you can also review the discussion paper that was developed and sent to registered participants in advance of the Forum.
If you have any questions about the day, or the attached reports, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you are interested in helping to advance these recommendations to reduce employment barriers for individuals living with a mental illness please contact Krista Benes at firstname.lastname@example.org.