Mental Health in the Workplace

The Regina Chapter of IFMA will be hosting a one-day event on Mental Health in the Workplace.  Mental health awareness is a rising issue in today’s society that needs to be addressed and not ignored.


Our event will give you the knowledge to see warning signs of someone struggling and the tools to create an opportunity to help them regain their life. At the end of the day, you will receive a certificate from the safeTALK session. You will be given the tools and feel empowered to make changes in your workplace and personal life.


Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 from 7:30am-5:00pm

Location: Travelodge Hotel and Conference Center located at 4177 Albert Street, Regina Sk.


Our Guest Speakers for our event is Shannon Patton and Trina Markusson.

  • Shannon Patton has held a variety of positions and has worked with people of all ages and walks of life. Starting her career as a social worker, she gained experience by working in various fields including mental health, palliative care and in institutions of cancer care and the public-school system.  She was employed with a local insurance company for almost 20 years where she worked and helped develop an Early Intervention department and program.  She later transitioned her work into the Human Resources and Wellness areas.

Very shortly after taking an early retirement in Sept 2016, she began working part-time for the Regina Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association as Director of Community Engagement.  Since beginning this role, she has been busy in the community conducting various presentations, developing and securing fundraising opportunities as well as meeting and partnering with numerous organizations.  Most recently Shannon has taken on the added responsibility of Acting Executive Director for the Regina Branch.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (psychology), Designations in both Associate Customer Service and Associate Life and Health Claims.  She also possesses a certificate in Leadership, Mental Health First Aid, Workplace Mental Health Leadership, safeTALK and ASIST.  She is a registered member of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.


  • Trina Markusson has been practicing and studying stress reduction for over 15 years. Trina uses her life experiences and professional trainings in Mindful Teaching and Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help you “be” present for each precious moment and help you to deal with daily stress more effectively! She has taught Mindfulness strategies to many people and looks forward to sharing these life-changing tools with you! She currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Please share this invite with those you think would benefit from our session.

Members: $150

Non-Members: $200

Company discount: if you have 4 or more people from your company attending this event you will receive a 15% discount to attend. All must be registered together.


RSVP by Friday November 17th, 2017 to Space is limited!


Schedule for the day:

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast and Registration

8:30am-11:45am safeTalk session

11:45am-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:15pm Mental Health 101

2:15pm-2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm-4:00pm Mindfulness with Trina

We would like to thank our sponsors: Real Estate Institute of Saskatchewan (REIS) for sponsoring our lunch and Business Furnishings for sponsoring the audio visual and room rental.



safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 years or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

At the end of the day you will receive a certificate for the safeTALK course.


Mental Health 101

  • Learn the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • High-Level understanding of various mental illnesses
  • Discussion on the stigma attached to mental illness
  • A guest speaker with live experiences
  • Tips for staying healthy



Mindfulness is defined as moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness. In other words, knowing what we are doing as we are doing it with our full attention. It teaches us how to be more “mindful” or “aware” of our thoughts, feelings and actions in the present moment with out judgement. It helps us to be more accepting of anything life throws our way.

There are many benefits of practicing mindfulness, some of them are to decrease stress, improve communication and conflict resolution skills, increase empathy and understanding and have a greater job satisfaction.

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