December 2020 Chapter Meeting


December 15, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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In the workplace, mental health can be a stigmatized topic. Stigma silences us. It stunts open conversation and creates judgment. It is important to make mental health as ubiquitous as physical health when it comes to taking care of ourselves. It is important to have the language to discuss it, as well as the tools and strategies to manage our own mental health, check in with our coworkers, and approach our superiors about our needs and challenges.

Assessing how adept we are at practicing self-care and learning how to build a self-care toolkit is crucial. In order to do this, we must learn to understand the unique stressors of our work environment, as well as those of the new virtual environment we have been adapting to. It is also important to know when and how to reach out for support.

The workplace is an environment in which we hope to be productive, to be a supportive team member and to aid in the success of our company. Mental health challenges can make it difficult to reach these goals.

Please join us to hear more about combating stigma in the workplace, understanding the stressors we face and learning to practice effective self-care. Mental health is health. Prioritizing it can help us be more satisfied at work, more productive and better able to support our team.

Key learnings / take aways:

  1. Understanding and combating stigma
  2. When and how to seek mental health support
  3. Creating a self-care toolkit
  4. Understanding the stressors of the workplace
  5. Understanding the stressors of our new virtual environment

Sledding through PMI-DHC land

Let's try to boost our mental health with this holiday scheduled event!

We can't be together to enjoy in festivities but we can still make it special. Consider dressing for the occasion, making some holiday cheer, and decorating your Zoom backdrop or computer space in whatever way you like to celebrate the holidays—we have a lot of holiday prizes to be won! Hope to see you there!

About the Presenter

Valery Brosseau

Valéry Brosseau

Valéry Brosseau is a passionate speaker, writer and mental health advocate. She began volunteering in the mental health field in 2013. Dedicating herself to Distress Centre Durham, she started as a crisis helpline responder and became a mentor, trainer and supervisor. In 2017, DCD awarded her their Volunteer of the Year Award and in 2018, she won Distress and Crisis Ontario’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

Her Bachelor of Anthropology from McGill University sparked a curiosity about human behaviours, but her involvement with DCD led her to seek out further education and training in mental health. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work from Humber College and has attended Ryerson University and University of Toronto as a psychology student. She has also completed countless certificates, such as the Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training.

Valéry now delivers talks and workshops, raising awareness and equipping people with the tools and language to support others and manage their own mental health. In 2019, she delivered a TEDx talk on the stigma surrounding suicide. She has also written for organizations such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the International Bipolar Foundation.


Live Streaming Zoom Webinar — Our Monthly Meeting starts at 6:30 PM. The virtual room will open at 6:00 PM for you to setup and network with fellow members.


Registration Process

  • Please register for the event with PMI-DHC (prices outlined below). Note: registration closes at noon the day of event.
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  • $  8.85 + $1.15 HST = $10.00 PMI-DHC Member (please login to receive the member price)
  • $16.81 + $2.19 HST = $19.00 Non-Member/Guest
  • $  4.43 + $0.57 HST = $  5.00 Student/Guest (student number required)

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Learn More: St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen

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