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Message from the Chief People Officer

3/23/21 7:31 PM

Supporting employees during difficult times,
Health and Wellness supports for those affected by the shootings in Atlanta

As we learn more information about the tragic shootings in Atlanta where six Asian women were killed last week, please know that the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) along with other supports are available to you and your family. These resources can help you try to understand the potential impact of the situation and process this event.

As the attacks in Atlanta disproportionately targeted Asian women, I want to underscore that any incidents of violence motivated by racism or sexism are unacceptable. While officials cannot yet confirm if the attack was racially motivated, for racialized communities, seeing these events in the news may trigger pain and an overwhelming emotional response.

At the TTC, it is important that all our employees feel safe and supported. As an organization, we stand with groups experiencing hate and discrimination. Should you experience any such incidents in the workplace, I encourage you to reach out to the Human Rights and Investigations Department at HumanRightsInquiriesandInfo@ttc.ca.

Last week, we launched a campaign to remind employees of some of the health and wellness supports that are available should you need them. Please find below a list of some resources that provide advice and tips on how to cope with traumatic or triggering events.

Employee Family and Assistance Program (EFAP) by Morneau Shepell
1-800-572-0039 | TTY: 1-877-338-0275 | MyEAP App | workhealthlife.com
Access immediate, confidential counselling and resources any day or time. Morneau Shepell’s digital mental health support also includes articles, videos and other resources you can consult to help manage the demands of work, family and children, and life in general.

1-866-345-0224 | bouncebackontario.ca
With the guidance of a coach, you’ll work through a series of workbooks at your own schedule to gain practical skills to better manage low mood, anxiety, worry or stress.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1-800-463-2338 | camh.ca
CAMH provides a variety of mental health and addiction resources and treatments.

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto 24/7 support
416-408-HELP (4357) | Text 45645 | dcogt.com/

The centres offer a range of 24/7 programs for anyone in distress or in need of emotional support.

Access mental health support through live therapy sessions, guided programs and self-help articles and tools.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is any additional support that I can offer.

Mary Madigan-Lee
Chief People Officer
March 23, 2021

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