The 5 Steps of Mental Health First Aid (Explained in Plain Language)

Updated, June 2021.

What’s the first thing you should do when someone is experiencing a panic attack? What if you suspect someone is at risk of harming themselves? How should you approach them? 

The Global Burden of Disease study (2017) revealed that 792 million people worldwide are living with a mental health disorder. That’s roughly one in ten people globally. 

And yet, shockingly few of us know the signs of poor mental health, or how to respond to a mental health emergency. 

We understand that early intervention is key to saving lives and getting people the help they deserve. But we are fearful of saying the wrong thing, causing offence, or making the situation worse. 

Anyone who works in a community-serving role can benefit enormously from mental health first aid training. It’s not just health care providers who encounter people suffering from mental illness. 

From teachers to social workers to law enforcement to business managers—everyone should know the basic response strategies. 

So, let's get started. Here are the 5 steps of mental health first aid, explained in plain language.

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9 Most Important Skills for Professional Mediators

Mediation is often described as both an art and a science. A science because the practice is governed by a clear framework, with concrete technical components and legal boundaries. 

An art because skilled mediators draw on a variety of less tangible assets, like intuition, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a gift for cultivating trust amidst tension and hostility. 

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Human Resources Careers: Explore Entry-level and Advanced Roles

Updated October, 2021.

Human resources management (HRM) has a much larger role in business than most people realize. When you think about HR, what comes to mind?  

Most likely, you’re thinking about processes like recruitment, hiring, explaining company benefits, and dealing with discipline issues. 

But at today’s leading companies, HR goes far beyond these routine functions. More than ever before, human resources professionals are playing a key role in strategic planning and corporate policy. 

They are contributing at the highest levels, working with senior management to cultivate the most valuable asset a company has: its people. 

As HR grows as an industry, so do the variety of jobs available in different areas of specialization, and different levels of seniority. 

What types of human resources jobs are available? What career paths can you pursue, from HR generalist to specialist roles? Here’s a look at some popular options, and some tips on how to transition into the field.

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Arbitration Job Options and Areas of Practice

Since we launched our Arbritration Certificate a few years ago, one of the most common questions we hear from potential students is “what are my career options as an arbitrator...what job opportunities are available?” 

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Our Arbitration Course is Now Accredited by the ADR Institute of Canada

If you’re considering becoming an arbitrator, you may already know the importance of earning a professional designation through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC). 

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Managing HR for a Small Business: 5-Point Survival Guide

Updated June, 2021.

HR managers face challenges on so many fronts. On one side, there are legal issues and ever-evolving compliance requirements.

On the other, you’ve got employee engagement, talent retention, and dealing with performance problems. Not to mention, nailing down workplace policies and answering to higher-ups. 

It’s a lot to take on, particularly if you’ve never handled HR responsibilities before. But the truth is, this is a very common scenario in smaller businesses that are growing, and suddenly have need for an HR manager. 

Someone has to step into that role and create a framework that will help the company thrive. No small feat! 

Not sure where to begin, or how to focus your efforts?

Follow our 5-point survival guide for new HR managers—with special guest, Treena Chabot (Chartered Professional in Human Resources and the Principal Consultant at TREE for Supervisors).

Treena provided the 5 points in this survival guide, based on her training program and decades of experience working with HR professionals.

This is how to survive – and thrive!  as a new HR manager. 

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What to Expect from our Online Gerontology Course

Updated June, 2021.

The field of gerontology has changed so much over the last few decades. And with population trends shifting toward an increase of older people, the study of aging has become more important than ever. 

People are living longer. But longer lives are not necessarily healthier lives.

Seniors need specific kinds of care and support to ensure good quality of life. With public health care systems stretched to the limit, and shortages of people with gerontology training, we’re facing serious challenges in this area. 

Do you work with seniors? Want to know more about the aging process, challenges facing today’s seniors, and practical methods for ensuring safe, effective care? 

This is what we teach students in our online gerontology course. In this post, we introduce the instructor, explain which topics and skills we cover, and who the training is geared toward. 

Find out what to expect in class, and if this training could benefit you.

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Starting a Career in Mediation? 5 Key Facts About the ADR Institute

Mediation is not a regulated profession in Canada. There is no specific degree, diploma, or certificate you must have to start a career in mediation. 

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Top 10 Myths and Facts about Anxiety & Depression

Updated June, 2021.

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues on the planet.

There are some truly staggering statistics on how many people are suffering from these conditions, and how few receive appropriate care. 

In the United States alone, an estimated 18% of the population—40 million people—have some form of anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). 

Even though anxiety is one of the biggest mental health problems in America, access to good treatment remains limited. In fact, studies show that only 10% will receive proper, effective treatment for anxiety. 

It’s a similar story with depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates nearly 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In some countries, fewer than 10% get any kind of treatment. 

Some experts believe that depression will soon become the second-most common health problem in the world.

Which brings us to the topic of today’s post: debunking harmful myths around anxiety and depression.

These myths perpetuate the cycle of ignorance and shame, and create major barriers to improved mental health in our communities.

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HR training: 5 Skills Every New Manager Needs (but very few have!)

Updated June, 2021.

Numerous viral news stories about sexual harassment at work have taken digital networks by storm lately—leading to greater scrutiny of HR practices and policies in the workplace.

Issues around predatory behavior, illegal conduct, and toxic work environments are in the spotlight right now.

But the truth is, it's always been important to comply with workplace legislation and foster positive professional relationships...not just to avoid lawsuits, but to ensure work teams can grow and thrive.

These are the goals of an effective human resources strategy. And if you've recently moved into a supervisor or manager role, they are the most important objectives on your new to-do list.

But we're guessing you've received little or no HR training on how to actually build and sustain a thriving team. What new skills will you need to make a smooth transition?

We researched the most important HR skills for new managers, and spoke with Treena Chabot, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and the Principal Consultant at TREE for Supervisors, to get her take on which competencies matter most.

These are the 5 human resources skills every new manager needs—but few actually have.

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