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Since 1992, October 10th has been dedicated to World Mental Health Day. Becoming more aware of mental health issues will help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. As well, it will encourage those who are living with a mental illness seek the appropriate treatment and support that they need.

Mental illness, such as depression, often impact an individual’s thought processes and behaviour, and they may experience:

  • Deep feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fears and worries
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and activities
  • Inability to cope with daily problems and stress
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Excessive anger, hostility or mood swings
  • Suicidal thinking or a complete detachment from reality

Caregiver burnout can come from caring for a loved one's needs before their own well-being. This can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Signs of caregiver burnout or caregiver fatigue include:

  • Withdrawal from friends, family and activities
  • Deep feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fears and worries
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion
  • Feelings of wanting to hurt themselves or the person who they are caring for
  • Changes in sleep patterns and getting sick more often

Spectrum Health Care has a Caregiver Self-Assessment which is availailable online. Once all the questions have been answered, the results from the assessment and caregiving tips will be provided.

supportive network is important to everyone but especially to individuals and families dealing with mental illness. This network includes both formal and informal relationships, such as:

  • Health care professionals
  • Social services agencies and mental health agencies
  • Places of worship
  • Workplace colleagues and employee assistance programs
  • Family, friends, neighbours and partners
  • People who share interests (teammates, club members etc.)
  • Online communities

For more information and resources about mental health, please visit:

Government of Canada: Mental Health Services

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Mental Health 101

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Finding Help

Remember you are not alone. Let's work together to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported.

If you work for Spectrum Event Medical Services, you can earn money for every Emergency First Responder who joins Spectrum Event Medical Services!* You may refer as many individuals as you would like.

Positions available:

Emergency First Responder (EFR) - $100
Primary Care Paramedic  (PCP) - $200
Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) - $300

Here’s how the program works:

1. Invite your family/friends to apply on our website OR through email:
spectrumems.com/employment
recruitment@spectrumhealthcare.com

2. Remind your referral to include your name on their application.

3. You will receive half of the referral bonus payment once your referral has completed their 3rd shift. The rest of the payment will be issued once your referral has completed their 10th shift.

Program will run from September 7, 2018 to December 07, 2018.

To learn more, please visit spectrumems.com/employment

*Employees must be actively employed by Spectrum at the time of the referral’s completed hours in order to be eligible for the payment. Management staff is not eligible for the bonus.

This week is Paramedic Services Week! To celebrate, we look back at some of these historical facts about paramedicine.

On April 7th 1948 the World Health Organization was born. To honour its vision of “health for all”, April 7th is regarded as World Health Day. To commemorate World Health Day, we look at these startling statistics that show a large number of our population still lacks basic health services. 

#healthforall #worldhealthday #worldhealthorganization

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The weather is finally warming up; it's time to step out and see what your city has to offer! Spectrum Event Medical Services will be taking part in various fairs, conferences and expos throughout the months of April, May and June. If you are attending one of the following events, come by our Spectrum Event Medical Services table/booth for a visit!

Cardiac Care Affair
Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 100 Queensway W - Auditorium, Mississauga ON, L5B 1B8
Website: https://secure2.convio.net/thcf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app232b?df_id=2633&mfc_pref=T&2633.donation=landing&NONCE_TOKEN=1B8219E5D5F36F16F085E56064B771A7

Councilor Pat Saito's Annual Seniors' Fair (Mississauga)
Date: June 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga ON, L5N 3L4

Today we celebrate the caregivers!

According to Statistics Canada 2013, 8.1 million Canadians are carers. That means that 1 in 4 Canadians are a caregiver/family caregiver. Of those carers, 6.1 million are balancing work with their caregiving responsibilities.

Today we recognize the hard work and dedication of caregivers and family caregivers, who take on the unpaid role of caring for someone with cognitive or physical complications. Whether you are caring for your family member or friend, we want to thank you for the hard work you do. 

Being a carer is not an easy role; the responsibilities can be immense but incredibly rewarding. Take a moment to thank a carer today! 

This month is Heart Month. We wanted to share the common signs of a heart attack. Knowing these signs can help save the life of a client, a loved one or yourself.

The longer blood supply is cut off from the heart, the more damage a heart attack can be. If you act quickly enough, a life can be saved.

To celebrate, we wanted to share with you some interesting facts about the hardest working muscle in your body - your heart.

According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, if CPR is performed on a person within a few minutes of a cardiac arrest, the survival rate can increase by as much as 75 percent. As we kick off Heart Month, here is a brief history of a resuscitation technique that has been credited with saving thousands of lives annually, CPR.

CPR is a foundation technique that our staff at Spectrum Event Medical Services uses while at community, corporate and private events.

To learn more about the signs of a heart attack and the 3 CPR steps that can save a life, click here.  

Source:

https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/node/131

https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/programs/resuscitation/history

http://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/AboutCPRFirstAid/HistoryofCPR/UCM_475751_History-of-CPR.jsp

Bell’s Let's Talk initiative strives to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Today is THE day to reach out and support someone who may be struggling with their mental health and well-being.

What are the facts?

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or addiction. An Environics Research survey shows that 40% of people polled have experienced feelings of anxiety or depression but have never sought medical help for it.

What can you do?

Text, call, tweet, post! Today, Bell will contribute 5¢ more towards mental health initiatives for every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter. Don't forget to use #BellLetsTalk

How can you help?

Ask and listen; being a good listener and simply asking your friend, family or coworker how they are doing can go a long way. Here are a few examples of what to ask: 

  • I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.
  • I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. Is everything OK?
  • Would you like to talk? I am here to listen.
  • How can I help?

What does mental health mean to Spectrum?

We asked employees in the branch offices to share with us what mental health means to them. Here is what they had to say:   

Thank you to all the employees who shared words of encouragement. Your words and actions are important in making Spectrum an inclusive and positive environment to work in. Let's continue talking about the importance of mental health today and every day! 

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