Helpful Work-Life Balance Websites

For all workplaces

Canada Life: Offers workplace strategies for people leaders and employees on mental health including free tools and resources to support resiliency, emotional intelligence and well-being; to get help; and to help people address workplace challenges such as conflict, bullying, and well-being.

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health: Offers a number of resources including: a Workplace Mental Health Playbook for Business Leaders with a pandemic-specific supplemental resource and resources to support youth and parents during COVID-19.

Greater Good Science Center: Provides state-of-the-art methods for a happier, more meaningful life and for anyone wanting to improve their social and emotional well-being or the well-being of others.  We also suggest you sign up for their Greater Good Magazine and check out their podcasts. The Center is sponsored by the University of California (Berkley).

Headversity: Provides resiliency-based workplace training programs to help employees feel more productive, successful, helpful and motivated.

Mental Health First Aid: Offers help to anyone developing a mental health problem, experiencing a mental health crisis, or a worsening of their mental health, and is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Mental Health Works: This social enterprise and its webinars address the impact of work on health and well-being and is created by the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Division).

New Zealand Institute of Well-Being & Resilience: The Institute is dedicated to increasing resilience and the study of happiness and well-being, and what makes life most worth living. Their website offers publications, podcasts, and videos such as Promoting Well-Being in Schools and 5 Ways to Flourish at Work.  We also suggest watching co-founder Dr. Lucy Hone’s Ted Talk about the 3 Secrets of Resilience.

Resilience Research Centre (Dalhousie University):  A globally recognized leader in resiliency who offer tools and resources for individuals and employers to bolster well-being. They offer customized interventions to meet specific needs of businesses, educational settings and organizations; off-the-shelf materials on how to master resilience and everyday stressors; workshops, webinars and keynotes presentations; and a multi-day workshop to train resiliency trainers. They also offer an easy-to-use guide for anyone working with children and families to design programs that build resilience.

Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute: Offers programs, tools and content on resilience, mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, leadership and more in more than 150 cities and 50 countries and to individuals, teams and organizations. Their core programs help individuals develop emotional intelligence skills to be an effective leader at home and at work; help teams to become effective and connected; and help people navigate adversity, uncertainty and changing circumstances with greater ease.

WorkLife With Adam Grant: Is a podcast by organizational psychologist and highly regarded Ted Talk speaker, Adam Grant, who helps people find meaning and motivation at work and live more generous and creative lives. He is also recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s Community Mental Health Program: The Community Mental Health Program gives people access to psychological assessment and evidence-based, outcome-focused treatment and lets psychologists spend more time on treating people and less on administration. The WSIB and the Ontario Psychological Association collaborated in developing this program.The program provides a structured approach for service delivery in several phases, including intake/pre-authorization, assessment and treatment blocks, with corresponding reporting requirements, set reporting templates and blocked fee payments. The Community Mental Health Program is for people who: have a registered WSIB claim or recurrence; have experienced a psychological reaction after a work-related physical injury, or have experienced a significant psychological response to a workplace incident or cumulative incidents, such as traumatic mental stress, chronic mental stress, or first responder post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Captains & Poets: Offers organizational workshops to employees with children to foster well-being and connection at home so that parents and children can learn how to better identify and express themselves from a place of vulnerability and connection - and to tap into what is innate within them to face life’s challenges in a way that helps them to thrive.

For Teachers

SEL for Teachers: Understanding Stress and Burnout

The complex nature of being a classroom teacher can lead to both emotional and physical fatigue. Burnout is a long term psychological and physiological state that can lead to actual depression, but recognizing it and finding ways to better manage these stressors can help avoid long-term problems.

SEL for Teachers: The Role of Mindfulness

Learning to manage stress is key to avoiding teacher burnout. One of the most powerful tools teachers can employ is mindfulness, learning to be aware of one’s own thoughts and emotions before they become overwhelming. As daily stresses begin to mount, mindfulness can allow a teacher to manage stress, avoid burnout and to be “present” throughout the day.

Captains & Poets: Offers workshops to support educators with intuitive strategies for investing in their own resilience and well-being so that they can better model and nurture these skills in the classroom.

For first responders and veterans

Boots on the Ground: A 24/7 helpline providing anonymous peer support for first responders, by first responders. 1-833-677-BOOT

Can Praxis: Offers no-cost mental health programs to Canadian veterans, first responders (serving and retired) and their families.

Canadian Mental Health Association: Offers free resources for first responders and a Resilient Minds Training Program for firefighters.

Canada Beyond the Blue: Supports families of Canadian law enforcement officers through education, emotional support, training and practical tools.

Wounded Warriors of Canada: Provides mental health programs for Canada’s veterans, first responders and their families.

Canadian Instituted of Public Safety Research & Treatment: As part of a National Research Consortium, CIPSRT serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub that relies upon the best contemporary research evidence to support its overall mission to help current and former public safety personnel, their leaders, and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being.

PSP Mental Health: The purpose of this website is to provide an extensive list of organizations (for profit and not-for-profit) mental health support available to Canadian public safety personnel (PSP) and their families. According to Public Safety Canada, public safety personnel (PSP) is a broad term that encompasses personnel who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. PSP include, but are not limited to, border services officers, correctional workers, firefighters, indigenous emergency managers, municipal/provincial police, operational intelligence personnel, paramedics, RCMP, as well as search and rescue personnel.

For healthcare providers

The Burnout Book: Created by Anna Alder, Nurse Anna as she is known, is an online community for nurses to help prevent and decrease burnout, become resilient, and keep their spark for nursing. Also, check out their suggested resources for clinicians’ well-being during COVID and for North American nursing associations on healthy work environments.

Canadian Medical Association: Offers a physician wellness hub and resilience how-to guide.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario: Offers a guideline for systems, organizations and individuals to prevent and mitigate fatigue for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Raesoleil Consulting: An independent consulting firm that focuses on building resilient leaders, with the intent of tackling the Health Human Resource (HHR) crisis. Raesoleil Consulting is anchored in the results of a research program that confirmed that the healthcare system can be improved if we enhance the employee experience and created resilient leaders at all levels. Resiliency programs and leadership workshops are available to create a league of resiliency champions across the healthcare system, to drive large system savings, a strong and sustainable workforce, and achieve excellent patient experiences.

Integrity Healthcare Consultants: One of the first Canadian Healthcare Navigation companies. A team of highly educated professionals assists patients in navigating the complexities of today’s healthcare system. Corporate clients and their employees are afforded a realm of services, including chronic disease management, occupational health and safely, mental health support, and overall workplace wellness. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, the Integrity Healthcare team have been offering their corporate client Covid-19 consultations on recovery and transition strategies.

Resilient Kids Canada

We do not provide mental health services.  If you require assistance, we recommend you contact:

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line at www.hopeforwellness.ca

Resilient Kids Canada’s Registered Charity Number 718447477 RR 001

Land Acknowledgment: Our lands spanning from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment are steeped in the Indigenous History and Modern Traditions of the many Firsts Nations and Métis. The territory is mutually covered by the Dishwith One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ojibway and other allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is part of the Tready Land and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.