For release January 31, 2019
Michael Landsberg to speak on mental health in the workplace
WHITEHORSE: Former sports broadcaster Michael Lansberg is sharing his mental health story and his “sick not weak” message at the Workplace Solutions Speaker Series on February 12. The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) is holding its sixth annual event for employers and workers at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.
The theme this year, “Mind the job: not all injuries are physical,” stresses the importance of addressing mental health, as well as physical health, in the workplace. It is a subject that matters to employers and workers, and one that brings both human and economic benefits to workplaces.
Landsberg is a charismatic speaker and an advocate for mental health awareness in Canada. In his presentation, entitled “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me,” he explains why mental illness is not a weakness and how addressing the associated stigma can save lives. His documentary of the same name was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2013.
Anyone who is interested in attending is encouraged to register early on the YWCHSB website as seating is limited.
Past presentations in YWCHSB’s Workplace Solutions Speaker Series have provided practical tools for employers and workers to address other challenging occupational health and safety issues. Topics have included the impact of legal cannabis, control of asbestos and dealing with drugs, alcohol and hangovers in the workplace.
Participants this year will receive a copy of a book by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada entitled “Workplace Mental Health.” It provides practical advice and tools for employers to create mentally healthy workplaces and support workers in their recovery from mental illness.
Following the Workplace Solutions event, the Canadian Mental Health Association–Yukon will provide a separate half-day presentation on workplace mental health.
YWCHSB is currently developing regulations that will encourage and empower workers and employers to prevent psychological injury in the workplace.
There is strong support among Yukoners for efforts to prevent psychological injuries in the workplace and to protect the mental health of workers. We are using this year’s Workplace Solutions Speaker Series event to address these issues in practical and informative ways that help to promote both awareness and action. I encourage Yukon employers and workers to attend.
YWCHSB President/CEO Kurt Dieckmann
Andrew Robulack, Manager, Social Marketing and Communications