Wellness Programs

Mental health and wellness support is essential for care providers, both on and off the job. We aim to help care providers find opportunities to rest and care of themselves; in turn, they can continue to provide safe and effective care to those in need.

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Cultivating Community Wellness

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There is a critical need to support the mental health and wellness of those who have chosen a career providing care in Canada. The Cultivating Community Wellness initiative supports the mental health of care providers (specifically those working in the developmental services sector), while building the capacity in the sector to foster long-term wellness.

The initiative’s four-pronged approach consists of:

  • Building and supporting a community of practice for care providers focused on mental health and wellness
  • Delivering virtual capacity-building programs through ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH
  • Facilitating monthly webinars to care providers in the developmental sector
  • Creating tools, clinical resources, supports and training tailored for care providers, including participatory programs on mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and ParticipAction 

Cultivating Community Wellness offers a comprehensive approach to wellness by providing strategies that empower care providers to assess their needs and champion cultural change in both their personal and work environments. To date, the program has reached more than 17,000 people and has involved 60+ agencies. It was created by Ontario’s Provincial Network on Developmental Services and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence (CCCE) is working with the Provincial Network on Developmental Services, CAMH and care providers with lived experience to extend and scale this Ontario-based initiative, aiming for Canada-wide impact.

The program also plans to expand in two ways:

  • to benefit care providers in other sectors
  • to include new elements such as access to arts and culture programming for both care providers and people accessing care

Mindfulness for Developmental Services Care Providers

As part of our commitment to support the health and wellness of care providers in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence is working with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, the Provincial Network on Developmental Services, the Cultivating Community Wellness initiative and Queen’s University to offer a six-week mindfulness program for professionals in the developmental services sector.

The program is led by Sue Hutton, a mindfulness teacher with over 30 years of experience. The weekly sessions are designed for participants to learn and practice mindfulness skills to reduce stress and improve their quality of life.

Recognizing the differences in the experiences of leaders and developmental services care providers, two independent programs will be offered through this initiative.

The sessions will begin in fall 2023.

Learn more about mindfulness program for developmental services leaders.

Learn more about mindfulness program for developmental services care providers.

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