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A Mental Health Reminder

A relapse, a sudden series of attacks, a string of awful days (or whatever your step back may be), does not decrease your value.

Take your time, do some self-care, even if it’s just being proud that you got through another day. Reflect on the progress you’ve made.

You are strong: One step back is nothing when you look at the journey you’ve already made.

You aren’t alone.

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That Side of Depression

Why do people never talk about the part of depression when you just don’t want anything anymore? Everybody talks about when it hurts like hell, when you cry, when you cut, when you take drugs, when you break down. But no one ever talks about when you just lay down in your room, with a hole inside of you that you don’t know how to fill, and you don’t want to do anything even things you usually like. So, you just spend your day kinda waiting for it to end and it’s horrible because you feel empty and guilty for that at the same time.

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National Respect Day

Todd Panas (President of the Union of Health and Environment Workers) recognized the challenges that the membership/workforce faces with regard to harassment and bullying in the workplace. Little progress was made in reducing toxicity and he chose to ‘raise the bar’ with a simple solution: respect in the workplace.

  •  Respectful interactions between managers and employees;
  • Respect for work/life balance;
  • Respect for medical challenges and reasonable accommodations;
  • Respect for employees faced with domestic issues or illness in the family;
  • Much more….

 Respect is a simple word that encompasses a solution to the most complex issues facing the workforce.

National Respect Day

Member Resources Value of Union Membership

Membership in Good Standing – New Online Form/Process

Please see the attachment:

MIGS status – new online form – ENG

Thank you

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Bullying in the Workplace

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached information regarding a course on bullying in the workplace. I have also included a link to fall 2016 education schedule.

Thank you for sharing this information with your members.

In solidarity,

André and Nairra

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Fact Sheet: Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety, but they are generally occasional and short-lived, and do not cause problems. But when the cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of anxiety are persistent and severe, and anxiety causes distress in a person’s life to the point that it negatively affects his or her ability to work or study, socialize and manage daily tasks, it may be beyond the normal range. People with anxiety disorders have excessive levels of anxiety that significantly interfere with day to day to living.

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Mental Health Passport

Think about your mental health. What do you do to take care of it? Dedicating even a short amount of time every day to taking care of your mental health will rejuvenate you and give  you confidence. It can also prevent the onset or relapse of a physical or mental illness.

This passport presents articles on more than 20 topics that mental health care professionals have found influence people’s health and happiness. The passport offers tools to help you identify and reflect on areas you may want to improve in your life. Developing positive mental health habits that work for you will stand you in good stead.

The Mental Health Passport was conceived, written and produced by Statistics Canada’s Mental Health Working Group, which is part of the Workplace Wellness Committee.  Although originally created for the employees of Statistics Canada, this version has been modified to suit a wider audience. Feel free to share the passport to encourage habits that foster well-being and better mental health.


PSAC to Challenge New Public Service Security Screening Rules

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Budget Bill Gives Government the Power to Impose Sick Leave Deal it Wants

Budget bill gives government the power to impose sick leave deal it wants.

The proposed measures are another shot at the labour rights of the 17 federal unions, which the government had already eroded leading up to this controversial round of bargaining over sick-leave benefits.

In 2013, the government changed the rules for collective bargaining in a budget bill that significantly diminished the unions’ bargaining clout. The unions are challenging that legislation in court.

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Treasury Board Proposals for Sick Leave With Pay


Government threatens collective bargaining rights in federal budget


The federal government announced in the budget that it plans to eliminate the existing sick leave provisions for federal public service workers, whether or not an agreement is reached at the bargaining table.