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

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