If you’ve been to a Threads of Life event, you’ve likely heard us talk about self-care. For those who’ve experienced a trauma or are grieving, like our family members, it’s vital to recharge and ensure mental health. But this is important for everyone, especially during times of stress like those we’ve experienced this spring. Threads of Life has declared July ‘Self-Care Month’.
More than bubble baths: Real self-care for everyone
When you hear “self-care”, does your mind go to manicures and Netflix? During Threads of Life’s Self-Care Month throughout July, we’ll be talking about what self-care REALLY means, and why it’s important. We’ll have blog posts every week with information and ideas about self-care , and chances to share on our social channels. While we’re focused on our Threads of Life family members who have experienced a workplace tragedy, the suggestions for self-care are helpful for anyone, including YOU! And they DON’T cost a lot of money. Here’s a great place to start: take our self-care quiz to see how your current self-care practices score .
Self-care for caregivers
There are close to eight million caregivers in Canada -- according to Statistics Canada, those providing care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability, or problems related to aging. That includes many Threads of Life families who are helping a loved one who was injured on the job or suffers from an occupational disease. Self-care is vital for anyone who is giving so much of their time and energy to another. Read about how one of our family members, June Easter, coped and took care of herself while taking care of her husband Vance. Vance was burned when a hose broke while he was welding. And be sure to see the Caregivers’ Wellbeing Checklist from Caregivers Alberta.
Youth employment program builds a legacy of safety
When safety is truly woven into a company’s way of working, it can create benefits and opportunities that spread beyond the workplace. That’s the case with Dexterra’s Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP), a gold medal winner for young worker safety in the 2019 Canada's Safest Employer Awards. Dexterra works in forestry operations, facilities management and remote workforce accommodations. Vice President, Health & Safety Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley is a volunteer, participant and on the planning committee for the Toronto Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy event.

Giving students a boost
Threads of Life partners support families in all kinds of amazing ways. Four students -- all of them affected by workplace tragedy -- will have a helping hand to move into their futures, thanks to the BCRSP-Threads of Life Scholarship. Now in its second year, the scholarship provides $2500 each to four students attending post-secondary education. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals is a public interest, not-for-profit association whose certificants are dedicated to the principles of health and safety as a profession in Canada. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals. Thanks to BCRSP and all its members for this generous initiative.
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