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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Mindfulness for Developmental Services Care Providers

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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 programs are 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.

Upcoming sessions include:

National Direct Support Professionals Working Group

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Direct support professionals (DSPs) are essential to our healthcare ecosystem. They provide expert care to thousands of people living with disabilities in the community and in residential support settings. According to a new study, DSPs have faced an increase in workplace challenges, with 70% reporting increased stress and 35% reporting moderate to severe mental distress between 2020 and 2022. Many are leaving the sector entirely as a result.

To better understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of DSPs in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence and CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre have created the DSP Working Group, bringing together DSPs from coast to coast-to-coast to share what they need to be healthy, strong and thrive at work through facilitated discussion.

Drawing on their lived experience, the group will explore topics such as recruitment, training needs, retention and improving working conditions for DSPs across the country. Members will be involved in a codesign process around policy development and advocacy and be supported to bring their ideas to life in the field.

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