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ACTSAFE INJURY PREVENTION 2020

MIND Your Health, Mental Health Awareness

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AIP Week 2020 focused on the invisibility of mental illness and how we can all be more mindful of our mental health, and how you can improve yours and others. The aim was to bring awareness to factors such as stress, fatigue, concussion, that have an impact an individual’s mental health and how this, in turn, affects the arts and entertainment industries.

To read about the history of AIP Week, click here.

Please take a moment to watch this 2020 AIP Week message from Hon. Minister Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions.

SICK AND TIRED: A CONVERSATION ABOUT STRESS AND FATIGUE

In the world of pandemics, racism, riots and economic crisis, it’s not unusual to feel like we’re barely hanging on. The unending loop between stress and fatigue is not an easy one to jump off. This session will address the relationship between these two as they battle for our attention, with emphasis on what matters most to control us from spiralling out of control.

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Speaker:Mike Harnett
To watch the recorded session, click here.
Session slides can be found here.

AN OVERVIEW OF CONCUSSIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

This fast-paced 90min workshop is led by an experienced health care practitioner and focuses on sharing the latest medical and scientific information around brain injuries and it’s impact on your mental health. The instructor will lead participants through best practices in understanding brain injury, sport risk factors, prevention techniques and concussion management guidelines as it best relates to mental health within the performing arts and production sectors. There will also be a section which talks about concussion prevention & mental health strategies, and a list of valuable resources is provided. The workshop will ensure that there is ample time for specific questions from the audience.

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Speaker: Philippe Saucier
To watch the recorded session, click here.
For session slides, click here.

CREATING A SUPPORTIVE WORKPLACE: HOW MANAGERS, STEWARDS, AND SUPERVISORS CAN SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

If you manage, direct, or oversee the work of others, you can help create a culture of safety, actively supporting the mental health of your team or crew. Learn how to counter stigma, recognize mental health risks and issues, and provide appropriate support.

Panelists

Lyndsay Sieger, Gregg Taylor, Lorrie Ward.
Lyndsay Sieger, Gregg Taylor, Lorrie Ward.

Presented by:

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For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

SUPPORT FOR PERFORMERS’ MENTAL HEALTH BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER COVID-19: THE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY OF CANADIAN INTIMACY COORDINATORS AND DIRECTORS

The “new normal” for productions working during a pandemic has increased the awareness of the impact of mental and physical stressors upon cast and crew. How can we create a healthier set dynamic that not only supports the performer but the production as a whole? How can we enter into this new way of working with a stronger understanding of what we ask performers to do and the potential consequences of those asks? What heightened awareness do we need when approaching intimate scenes? Intimacy coordinators discuss past and present protocols that are designed to help performers and productions alike.

Panelists:

Sonya JF Barnett, Siobhan Richardson, Amanda Liz Cutting, Megan Gilron, Phay Moores
Sonya JF Barnett, Siobhan Richardson, Amanda Liz Cutting, Megan Gilron, Phay Moores

For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Intimacy Scenes & Performer Safety Handbook can be found here.

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RETURNING TO WORK AND LIFE IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

As Canada begins to slowly open up and lessen the restrictions on physical distancing, many people will be expected to go back to work and regular routine, requiring them to leave the comfort and safety of their house. Having to go back to work during these times can leave many with understandable and increased feelings of stress and anxiety. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and knowledge for dealing with stress and anxiety about going back to work, and will gain knowledge about how to effectively communicate and manage their concerns – both personally and in the workplace.

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Speaker: Dr. Joti Samra
For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

MAINTAINING WORK-LIFE HARMONY DURING DEMANDING TIMES

We have all heard about the idea of work-life balance. Typically we think of a scale, and imagine putting more weight on the ‘personal’ side to balance the scale. But the reality of our modern-day work lives and structure, combined with life demands and factors such as the increasing cost of living makes balance often impossible. Instead, we should be thinking about how to create harmony between our work and personal lives – where the two are integrated. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for cultivating increased harmony, or integration, between their work and personal lives, with the aim of enhancing overall psychological well-being.

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Speaker: Dr. Melanie Badali
For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

WHAT WOULD DON DO? AIP WEEK SPECIAL FEAT. ANAND KANNA

Join Don Parman and Anand Kanna for a special edition of WWDD to discuss mental wellness in the arts and entertainment industries. We will share our experiences and look to our participants for their tools and tips for managing your mental wellness while working in our dynamic industry.

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Speakers: Don Parman, Anand Kanna
To watch the recorded session, click here.

FINANCIAL STRESS & IMPACTS ON MOOD: UNDERSTANDING OUR EMOTIONS AROUND MONEY & LEARNING TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE ABOUT MONEY IN OUR FAMILIES

For many Canadians, money worries pose more stress than work, personal health, or relationships. Almost half (48%) of Canadians say they’ve lost sleep because of financial stress, and 44% say it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay is late. We are living in a fast paced world, managing stressful jobs to be able to pay for all of our expenses and live the lives we want to live. This type of sustained stress can have negative impacts on our mood, impacting our work and home lives. However, money is a taboo topic that many of us don’t know how to talk about, even with our partners and families. In this session, attendees will understand their emotions around money, and gain useful skills and strategies for effectively communicating about money.

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Speaker: Dr. Joti Samra
For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

CREATING A PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY & SAFE WORKPLACE

In any given week, approximately 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. The current pandemic has added additional stress on our workforce. Therefore, having a workplace that encourages not only physical safety, but also mental wellbeing will help the workforce to pass the current hurdles successfully. Creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace helps in enhancing worker health and contributes to the overall organizational excellence. In this session we will look at the various indicators of psychological hazards. We will discuss the 13 factors that impact psychological health and safety and how to create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

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Speaker: Manu Nellutla
For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR PEERS

Motion Picture and Entertainment Production work is unique, stressful and demanding – and the effects of the pandemic have simply increased the challenges. Now, more than ever, we each need to be focused our mental health and self-care, and supporting that of our peers, friends, and fellow crew and team members. This session will provide practical ideas, insights, and strategies for you to maintaining your own mental health and support that of your peers.

Panelists

Shauna Green, Christina Kasperczyk, Gregg Taylor
Shauna Green, Christina Kasperczyk, Gregg Taylor

Presented by:

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For session slides, click here.
To watch the recorded session, click here.

CALLTIME: MENTAL HEALTH VIDEO

PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOLKIT FOR WORKS AND EMPLOYERS

Actsafe is a supporting association of Work to Wellness and BC Municipal Safety Association’s Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers and Employers: COVID-19. The Psychological Support Toolkit includes a 5 Part – Virtual Summit that brings together industry experts and creating an intimate dialogue on their recommendations in light of COVID-19.

To find out more about the toolkit and to view recordings of the virtual summit, click the button below.

POSTERS

Please distribute these posters amongst your productions.

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Actsafe is a not-for-profit health and safety association supporting British Columbia’s arts and entertainment industries.

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