Expand Labour Community Advocate Training
The Labour Community Advocate Training Program is a Canadian Labour Congress training program delivered by Labour Programs and Services staff and funded through the United Way Centraide. This program provides participants with information about the social issues faced by working people and the resources available in their community. Participants are also trained to identify community issues – like mental health care – where unions can play a role through collective bargaining or social action.
Because it provides links between the workplace and community services and agencies, the program can be valuable resource when it comes to mental health and advocates receive specific training in mental health and substance use issues. They also learn about stress, communication and referral skills and work-life balance—all of which affect mental health.