Mental health and work 2

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Nadia Aleem

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the difference between mental stress and illness

  1. Understand potential presentations and impact of mental illness in the workplace

  1. Develop an approach to case management of mental health claims in the workplace

Session resources

AbilitiCBT is an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program that you can access from any device, any time. The governments of Ontario and Manitoba are offering AbilitiCBT for free to all their residents age 16 or older for the anxiety, depression, and anxiety related to a pandemic programs. AbilitiCBT programs include anxiety, depression, anxiety related to a pandemic, pain management and insomnia. Source: AbilitiCBT
Didactic presentation: Mental health and work 2
In this presentation, Dr. Nadia Aleem the difference between mental stress and illness, potential presentations and the impact of mental illness in the workplace, and how to develop an approach to case management of mental health claims.
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First Responders First: Recovery and return to work
This section is designed to provide you some tips on how to accommodate workers who have PTSD. Research has found that PTSD does have an impact on impaired occupational functioning, particularly as it relates to reduced productivity, presenteeism and absenteeism. This is not an exhaustive list of accommodations, there may be other ideas or options you may wish to use. Source: First Responders First
Guarding minds at work
Guarding Minds at Work helps employers identify and measure employee experience with psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. Guarding Minds was commissioned in 2007 by Canada Life Assurance Company and continues to be supported by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. It is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety who are responsible for preserving the confidentiality of data collected. It was originally developed by experienced research-practitioners from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Source: Guarding minds at work
Occupational Medicine: Champions Program
The Ontario Workplace Health Champions Program operates in Ontario’s medical schools and is funded by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. The Program funds one physician faculty member at each medical school to oversee and support occupational medicine content in the medical curriculum at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Source: Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
WSIB Community Mental Health Program
The Community Mental Health Program gives people access to psychological assessment and evidence-based, outcome-focused treatment and lets psychologists spend more time on treating people and less on administration. The WSIB and the Ontario Psychological Association collaborated in developing this program. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
WSIB Disclosure of Claim File Information
Physicians and patients can request access to their WSIB case file. All claim file information is considered personal information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and may be disclosed in limited circumstances in accordance with various exceptions listed in FIPPA. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
WSIB reemployment obligations
When certain conditions are met, injury employers may have, in addition to their obligations to cooperate in the return-to-work (RTW) process, an obligation to re-employ a worker who has been unable to work due to a work-related injury. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

About presenter

Dr. Nadia Aleem is a psychiatrist, working as both a clinician in, and medical head of, the occupational mental health clinic in the Work Stress and Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). During her time at CAMH, Aleem has worked as the medical heads for both inpatient and outpatient programs, working within the department of Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to training and working as a psychiatrist, Aleem completed medical school and her residency training in family medicine at the University of British Columbia and, subsequently, completed a master's in health science and specialty training in addictions medicine. She worked as an addiction physician in Vancouver prior to retraining in psychiatry.

In her current work, Aleem specializes in performing occupational mental health assessments for a number of third-party providers. She has a clinical specialty in post-traumatic stress disorders and treats many workers who have suffered from workplace occupational mental health and stress injuries.

Case presentations

Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO OEM project coordinator.

Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701).