International Self-Care Day event held at CFB Halifax
The self-care event held in honour of International Self Care Day, provided insightful information and tips on how we, as human beings, can be more mindful of prioritizing our mental and physical health. The event consisted of a series of workshops about taking care of ourselves in all aspects including exercising self-compassion. Thank you to CF H Svcs C (A) CO LCol Heudes and Chaplain Capt Major for making this event happen, and to the CF H Svcs C(A) members, Health Promotion, EAP and OD.
International Self-Care Day
Every year, International Self-Care Day (ISD) is recognized on July 24th. Launched in 2011, International Self-Care Day aims to promote self-care as a vital foundation of health, while raising awareness of health-related programs around the world.
According to the World Health Organization, self-care is defined as, “what people do for themselves to establish and maintain their health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.), socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.), and self-medication.”
The Employee Assistance Program
It is important to take stock of our personal well-being and find ways to improve it whenever possible.
The Department of National Defence (DND) provides access to programs to help employees when the going gets tough. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, voluntary and neutral service available to civilian employees and their immediate family members when dealing with personal or professional issues that are affecting their personal well-being and/or work performance. If you are in need of support, please reach out to DND’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Peer Referral Agents (available during regular working hours) and professional mental health counselling services through Health Canada – Employee Assistance Services (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) at 1-800-268-7708.
- Additional health-related resources can also be accessed at the links below:
- International Self-Care Day – Official Website
- International Self-Care Day Infographic
- Employee Assistance Program – Intranet page
- Health Canada Employee Assistance Services (24 Hours)
- Military Mental Health Services – Intranet page
- CMP Health Services – Intranet page
- Road Map to Optimum Mental Health (Guide)
- Mental Health and Well Being – Intranet page
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