Mental Health Awareness Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

This day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The topic of mental wellness is on the rise. Like our physical health, it’s something to be nurtured, developed and cared for. The more we talk about mental health, the more top of mind it becomes – especially at work. Our jobs play a significant part in our lives. The Menno Place Leadership Team wants to ensure everyone feels comfortable talking openly about mental health issues, without judgement or stigma and that people can get help when necessary. We support each and every one of you as you serve our residents here at Menno Place.

Not Myself Today© is a mental health initiative presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association (click here). It aims to change the way we talk about mental health and support our own mental health, as well as that of our colleagues. The different resources, tools and activities are all designed to raise awareness on the issue, reduce stigma, and ultimately to help us build a safe and supportive work environment.

At Menno Place we are excited to be on the forefront of organizations that are stepping up and making a difference in how mental health is supported at work. We were the first Long Term Care Organization in Canada to adopt the Psychological Health and Safety Standards back in 2014.  Join us and be part of this journey.

On this website, you will find on the mental health tab a number of resources. In addition, new this year is personalized access to the Not Myself Today website. Access is personalized and is not shared with anyone else. Here you will be able to access tools and resources to support your mental wellness.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to me.

Thank you,

Karen Baillie, CEO

Compassion Fatigue – Watch this Video

SafeCare BC Presents a Webinar on Compassion Fatigue

Stress that occurs as a result of trying to help others in need is often referred to as the “cost of caring” and can cause physical and mental exhaustion and emotion withdrawal.

Watch to learn more.




HCA Appreciation Day – Oct 18th

Dress Up Day – October 31st

Staff Flu Clinic Dates

To:        All Staff – Menno Home/Hospital/Housing      

From:   Kim Cantwell Nurse Manager/Infection Control Lead

Date:    October 2, 2019

Re:        Staff and Volunteer Immunizations

Rexall Pharmacy will be providing flu clinics at Menno Campus for any staff or volunteer to obtain their seasonal flu vaccine. Please make note of the following Flu Clinic dates, as our Nurses will not be available to immunize staff.

     October 16          9 am to 12 pm              Menno Home       E2 Learning Center

     October 29          1:30 pm to 4:30 pm     Menno Home       E2 Learning Center

November 18      9 am to 12 pm              Menno Home       E2 Learning Center

November 21      1:30 pm to 4:30 pm     Menno Home       E2 Learning Center


You will need to bring with you:

  • Care Card.
  • Completed Flu Vaccine Consent (forms available at the Reception areas at each site and at the clinic). An accessible shirt with sleeves that easily roll up, or short sleeves.

Please note that there are flu clinics in the community if you are unable to attend those we are holding. If you receive your vaccination outside the facility, please provide a copy of your vaccination to your manager.

Thank you.

Purdy’s Christmas Chocolate Orders

Winners Announced: Safety Education Expo

On October 9, 2019 the Safety Education Expo was held in the Menno Hospital Chapel. 64 team members took part in the event! The topics of the booths covered:

Infection Control
Emergency Response
Body Mechanics
A Culture of Safety
Preventative Maintenance
Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives
Resident & Family Centered Care
Recreation @ Menno
and SafeCare BC had a booth

Thanks to all the managers and staff who explained their booth and educated our team members on the safety initiatives at Menno Place!

Time Change Reminder Nov 3rd

Safety Education Expo – Oct 9th