British Columbia Library Association

Hold the Date: Workplace Mental Health Session

The BC Library Association, Public Library InterLINK, the Association of BC Public Library Directors, and the BC Libraries Cooperative are pleased to present a lunch time virtual presentation focused on workplace mental health.

Mental health is integral to living a healthy and balanced life, and yet none of us are immune to mental health challenges and issues. This is especially true now as many of us face a combination of workplace, home, and financial challenges caused suddenly by COVID 19.

 To help navigate mental wellness challenges please join us on Tuesday, November 10th from noon to 1:30pm as we begin a conversation about mental health in our workplaces. 

The session is free but registration is required.

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One in five people struggle with their mental wellness and mental health is a leading cause of workplace disability in Canada, and that was before COVID-19. Stress in the workplace can result in serious health issues, reduced work performance and a decrease in service quality and job satisfaction. Library workers are feeling this stress and are overwhelmed. Where do they turn? What should their employer be doing for them? This virtual session will be of interest to any library employee, especially library leaders, health & safety committee members, and staff with human resources or supervisory responsibilities. There will be an audience question period near the end of the session via chat.

Learning objectives – at the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Share experiences as it relates to mental wellness in the workplace.
  2. Identify and develop strategies that may be effective in their workplaces.
  3. Follow-up with online resources that can help us cope and boost our resilience in both our professional and personal lives.



 Margaret Tebbutt, MA, Senior Consultant, Workplace Mental Health

Margaret frequently presents at conferences on strategic approaches to psychological health and safety in the workplace, as well as delivering workshops to help managers and union leaders develop the knowledge and skills to more effectively deal with mental health issues. She also serves on the Advisory Committee to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion for its Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional designation. As Senior Consultant to the Canadian Mental Health Association from 2005 – 2013, Margaret managed workplace initiatives such as Mental Health Works training, workplace-based integrated health screening and the national Bottom Line Conferences.  Prior to 2005, she held positions as Senior Advisor, Executive Development for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business; Director, Client Service Delivery with Western Economic Diversification Canada; and in Canada’s foreign service at embassies abroad. Margaret graduated from the University of Montpellier (France) with a Maïtrise ès letters (MA). She completed executive training through the National Defence College, UBC Sauder School of Business, and the Canadian School of Public Service.


Jenny Fry, MA (UNBC), MLIS (UBC)

Jenny is the Manager of Learning, Programs & Partnerships at Surrey Libraries. She has been keen about learning more about mental wellness, particularly in her former position when staff development was part of her portfolio. In the past three years, she has explored how Surrey Libraries, all InterLINK libraries and all libraries in BC can better help library staff with their own mental wellness, their colleagues and their patrons. She participates in Not Myself Today – a Canadian Mental Health Association program adopted by the City of Surrey.

We hope this session is of interest to many of you.