LiUNA is a community advocate for Work Place Safety including creating and supporting the conversation surrounding Mental Health. Across Ontario, LiUNA has been a leading partner in programs which encourage mental health clinical resources now available to members and their immediate family members and has sponsored numerous initiatives to once and for all end the stigma surrounding Mental Health issues.
On January 26, 2015, The Labourers International Union of North America celebrated the naming of a significant wing at the St Josephs West 5th campus, The LiUNA Seniors Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, providing programs and care for individuals aged 65+ who are living with anxiety, depression, substance use concerns, behavioural complications of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder which are further complicated by the aging process.
“As the union that has represented and protected so many workers in this community, it’s incumbent on us to ensure that when those workers, or their friends, families, loved ones or neighbors require mental health care, or care of any kind really, they will be able to count on St. Joe’s. We hope our support of the Hospital will help to do just that,” said Mr. Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice-President and Regional Manager of LiUNA.
In 2015 LiUNA had the honour of hosting the brave, the strong, Margaret Trudeau, who has used her platform to encourage conversation and has been a leading force for Mental Health Awareness.
Brother and Sisters, today as millions join the conversation across the world through #Bellletstalk, let’s always remember to Feel the Power of Voice, Feel the Power of Conversation, and together, let’s continue to create a safe space where our voice is heard.