A Grande Prairie initiative that highlights mental health in the workplace is in high demand.
The Tough Enough to Talk About It program focuses on mental health issues in the oil and gas, trades and agriculture sectors that show a high percentage of suicides and help workers identify signs of depression and how to get help.
Samantha Newhook says she is barely keeping up with demand this year.
“Sixty-four presentations in the Peace Country area, we are also getting requests from Edmonton, Calgary, I just came back from Fort McMurray. We are in extremely high demand right now and because our program is so unique people are really reaching out for it.”
Newhook says they take the program to offices and are now branching out.
“We are just expanding with NAIT, they are officially taking on our program and every single first year NAIT student will be taking the Tough Enough to Talk About It program which is really exciting.”
She adds they are hoping to take the program provincial “we are currently working with Alberta Health Services to create a partnership right now because of the demands that this program is creating.”
The program is run out of the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre and is Tuesday’s Crime Prevention’s Lunch and Learn at City on 99.