Supporting Mental Health in a Virtual World Free Webinar

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Monday, June 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm, Eastern Time

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About Joe Blomeley  

Joe BlomeleyJoe Blomeley is Executive Vice President, Individual, Mental Health and Public Sector with Green Shield Canada (GSC). In this role, he is responsible for driving GSC’s growth with individual consumers (through direct advertising and channel partnerships), building GSC’s mental health business and developing GSC’s public sector growth strategy.

Prior to joining GSC, Joe was Senior Vice President, Ontario Region Leader and Public Sector with Morneau Shepell and Vice President, Innovation and Skills with the Business Council of Canada. While at the Council, Joe launched the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, an organization that harnesses the strengths of Canada’s top businesses, universities and colleges to deepen collaboration and improve opportunities for young Canadians. Earlier in his career, Joe worked for the Government of Canada.

Joe holds Masters’ and Bachelor of Arts Degrees respectively from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the University of Western Ontario. He sits on the Boards of MindBeacon, the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region. In the past, he sat on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Advisory and Health Policy Committees and the Education Policy Research Initiative’s Policy Committee at the University of Ottawa.

COVID-19: Get all the insights

To help you understand and benefit from these virtual mental health supports, Joe Blomeley and Bill Howatt will discuss with you:

  • Making sense of all the virtual mental health offerings at your finger tips
  • Potential of digital therapy being the next blockbuster drug
  • How DTx will be a critical component of the healthcare delivery system and employer led mental health supports
  • Role of employers and governments to promote and scale these services as society becomes reliant on digital platforms

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our “new normal” consists of quarantining ourselves in our homes with little to no contact with the physical outside world. Many of the coping mechanisms and mental health supports that we relied on pre-pandemic have moved virtual. Virtual mental health supports have been gaining traction before COVID-19, a process which has now been accelerated to become an absolutely necessity.

But the virtual mental health world is fragmented. Digital therapeutics (DTx) have risen sharply in the past few years from telemedicine, online pharmacies, and internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) among others; but the coordination of these supports is disjointed. It could be multiple different providers offering services that have little no to connection with each other. Navigation of these services for an individual or workplace can be challenging.

About Dr. Bill Howatt 

Dr. Bill HowattDr. Bill Howatt is Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada. Bill is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity, Morneau Shepell, and founder of Howatt HR Consulting. He has over 25 years' experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

Bill is the creator of the online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) program, a senate-approved leaders program that offers 18 courses through the University of New Brunswick. He is also the creator of Pathway to Coping, an online course at the same university that is grounded in the cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

Bill created the Quality of Work Life (QWL) tool that has been converted into the Morneau Shepell Total Health Index and was the co-creator of The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell's Employee Recommended Workplace Award. He is also co-creator of The Globe and Mail Your Life at Work Initiative that touched more 14,000 Canadians. Bill has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.