On February 23, 2017, more than 80 community leaders involved in mental health and social services will gather at Pier 21 for a leadership development day centred on recovery-oriented practice. Based on a recent NSCDA needs assessment, education and training in mental health is a high priority. In response to this, 30 of these 80 participants will be Nova Scotia Works’ client-facing staff who have been identified as Mental Health Champions within their centres.
The NSCDA is embarking on an ambitious initiative to engage these Champions in developing education and training opportunities on mental health recovery-oriented practices, and has partnered with mental health consultant Neasa Martin to develop a comprehensive training program.
The objective is for every career service worker to have the knowledge and skills necessary to support clients in achieving their goals. These volunteer Champions will also seek ways to engage community partners to strengthen employment, social inclusion, and improved access to mental health and recovery supporting services.
To meet this challenge and ensure the ongoing success of the project, the NSCDA is also joining forces with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to begin breaking through the barriers preventing career developers from recognizing their roles as important assets in recovery-oriented practice and mental health.