Data Entry Operator (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 13 March 2018
The sad truth of working in this would otherwise-be awesome organization. I was discriminated on the basis of my mental illness, with a supervisor who refuse to learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder coupled with Schizo-Affective disorder affect people, let alone her sole underling.
Leadership is the key that led to our organization's demise and inevitable dissolution, and amalgamation.
The saddest part of this scenario is that because CMHA is a federated model, and we were the provincial division, I have nowhere to turn except upwards, which affect the whole organization.
It was nice working and volunteering for 8 years except for management's poor decision's making process.
Loving and caring colleagues (early on)
Discrimination based on Mental Health related issue
COUNSELING INTERN (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 23 January 2018
A typical day at work Lead seminar groups emphasizing physical and mental well-being for groups of up to 20 people. The work environment was productive as it provided a lot of great learning opportunities and skills for the field. A lot of one on one interaction with the clients was a great way to learn first-hand how to cope and deal with the ethical and moral dilemmas you might face in the field. Overall a great experience even though it could get overwhelming.
I have really enjoyed co facilitating group for youths.
VOLUNTEER (Current Employee) – Orillia, ON – 13 December 2017
Whether it was running groups, or meeting one on one for peer support I learned so much. The atmosphere was always positive and supportive, non-judgmental. The best part of my job was witnessing growth, supporting those who were struggling get through tough times. On the other hand sometimes people aren't ready or their mental health struggle has been to difficult and I supported the group through a loss of life.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Guelph, ON – 4 December 2017
There is a lot of structural changes, and they happen often. Always something new to do and learn, has the ability to be fast paced. Over all management team is great, although they are very busy, and not always available. This allows you to think independently, be a great problem solver and work great without directive.
Mental Health Worker I (Former Employee) – North Vancouver, BC – 18 November 2017
great clients and staff, not enough pay for the work. i really enjoy it but i can not support myself with this job alone. Has been working for CMHA for the last three months starting date being September 12th 2016. As a Mental Health Worker I have been in charge of many responsibilities including promoting self-reliance and independence of residents living with multiple, chronic health challenges as they work to achieve the goals in their care plans. This involves building a professional rapport with residents during their activities of daily living such as attending exercise programs, volunteer shifts and doctor appointments, as well as coaching individuals in a manner that maintains and respects the spirit, dignity, inclusivity and individuality of others
Shelter Worker (Current Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 9 November 2017
Wonderful place to work, Management is very supportive and non-judgmental to all employees there is room for advancement within the organization. I recommend all who have the required experience to apply.
Mental Health business with no regard for mental health.
Employee (Former Employee) – Cranbrook, BC – 14 October 2017
I would not recommend working for this company. They have no regard for mental health. Very demeaning and arrogant. There are no service for employees to access regarding mental health. This company is awful to work for.
Program Coordinator, Moving Ahead Program (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 29 September 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed working at CMHA-Edmonton. I had autonomy to facilitate groups and support the individuals on my case load. All ideas were considered and I was trusted to complete my job. There was lots of opportunities to implement new programs. The culture was filled with warmth, connection and passion.
Warm and inviting, trust, innovative and open to change.
Funding sources makes your job security precarious.
Placement (Former Employee) – Kingston, ON – 22 July 2017
EVERYONE has value in this agency, not just those you like or are comfortable with socially. The agency needs to be managed on principle, not personality. Friends, associates, and those most favored do NOT make superior employees. The toxicity of the attitudes and backstabbing between staff WILL have severe consequences for the organization. The "policies and procedures" should not change from employee to employee and the administrators ego is a poor barometer for assessing the quality and character of staff.
Staff that contantly talks negatively about each other
Presenter, Conference on Peer Support (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 14 July 2017
CMHA HKPR was an excellent start to my career in the Mental Health sector. The hardest part of the job, initially, was speaking in front of sizable crowds, and telling a very personal story. The most enjoyable part of the job, overall, was making a foray into peer support.
COORDINATOR (RELIEF STAFF) (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 June 2017
I prefer not to ...it is a very small social work community in Calgary. I live there and do not trust these confidential reviews. But thank you for creating a space where people can share their option and experience.