Wellness and Mental Health

In Cultural and Heritage Professionals

Requested Resources  Counsellors  Burnout  Workplace mental health   Support networks  Trauma-informed practice 

In late 2021, the BCMA conducted  a COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Sector survey. As part of this survey, respondents provided some insight into the mental health of museum workers during the ongoing pandemic and requested resources addressing common concerns such as living wages, job security, and support systems.

In response, the BCMA hosted webinars on Demystifying Unions, Aiding and Addressing Burnout, and Living Wages. These webinars, along with additional resources to support ongoing mental health and wellness in the sector, are available as a collection below.

If there are any topics you would like the BCMA to explore in this area, please reach out to Lorenda at programs@museum.bc.ca.

Requested Resources

BCMA Webinar: Addressing and Aiding Burnout

Join the BCMA and go2HR to learn about burnout, recognize its signs and symptoms and add tools to your toolkit on how to aid and address burnout.

BCMA Webinar: Living wages in BC and its benefit to your site and staff

Hear from the Vancouver Foundation on why they fund Living Wage Employers and from Centre A on the benefits they've seen since becoming a Living Wage Employer.

BCMA Webinar: Demystifying Unions

In this webinar, Kari Michaels Executive Vice President of the BCGEU, will explore what a union is, how they work, the steps required to unionize and what changes if you form a union.

Access to counsellors

Employee and Family Assistance Services

Employee and Family Assistance Services (EFAS) includes a range of services provided by the BC Public Service Agency (the PSA) through a contract with LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell). These are free, voluntary services available to everyone.

Wellness Together Canada

Wellness Together Canada was created in response to an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding from the Government of Canada. As a country, we are facing challenges at a scale we’ve never seen before, from social isolation and financial insecurity to substance use concerns and racial inequality.

Community Action Initiative: Community Counselling

Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, is pleased to have awarded 29 Community Counselling Grants to organizations across British Columbia.

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Ways to combat burnout

Burnout can manifest out of extreme and prolonged stress and can leave us feeling exhausted, discouraged, overwhelmed and unmotivated. The World Health Organization categorizes burnout by three symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, negativity or cynicism related to your job, and reduced professional efficacy.

Combatting Burnout in the Museum Sector

It’s possible to map some steps organization and individuals can take to address burnout. Check out this resource from the American Alliance for Museums

Burnout response for leaders

How to identify employee burnout, recognize workplace factors and take proactive steps for prevention. These strategies can help protect overachievers and those recovering from burnout.

How to Prevent Employee Burnout

HR professionals share their advice for minimizing worker stress and boosting retention.

The Value of Rest

It’s time we stop utilizing rest as the last resort and instead recognize what a critical part rest plays in great work.

​​Burnout: Prevention Strategies

Resources gathered to support the "Burnout: Prevention Strategies for BCMA" webinar on June 1, 2022. For more resources on stress and burnout, click the “Discover” link above.

Actionable resources for workplace mental health

A Compendium of Tips and Information for Self-Care and Workplace Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which you realize your own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to make a contribution to your community.

Workplace CARE Certificate

A staff training and workplace certificate program for Tourism and Hospitality. Throughout this program, we want you to feel heard, seen, and cared for. We hope you’ll have a quality experience—just like the ones you create for every guest.

Mental health in the workplace

A psychologically healthy workplace is a respectful and productive environment that makes every reasonable effort to promote and protect the mental health of employees. Employers are responsible for protecting the health and safety of employees.

Working for a Living Wage 2022 UPDATE

Working for a Living Wage: Making paid work meet basic family needs in Metro Vancouver 2022 Update The 2022 living wage in Metro Vancouver climbed to $24.08 per hour which is $3.56 higher than last year’s rate of $20.52 per hour. This is the highest annual increase in the Metro Vancouver living wage since it was first calculated 14 years ago.

Health and wellbeing support networks

IBPOC Museum Professionals Network

Responding to the immediate needs identified by racially marginalized museum workers, the IBPOC Network hopes to provide targeted support for IBPOC and equity-seeking members of our community through workshops, webinars, networking, and resource development.

Here to Help BC

We're here to help you find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in BC. Explore strategies to help you take care of your mental health and use substances in healthier ways, find the information you need to manage mental health and substance use problems, and learn how you can support a loved one.

Museum Wellness Network

A network for museum professionals to connect over mental health and well-being.

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Trauma-Informed Practice

How Workplace Discrimination Can Lead to Employee Depression | Spring Health

A Quiet Threat: Workplace Discrimination and Depression- Alarmingly high rates of workplace discrimination are leading to depression

Principles and Practice of Trauma Informed Practice

Handout on the Principles of a Trauma-Informed System

Trauma Informed Leadership

A compassionate and trauma-informed approach to leadership is essential for creating healthy workplace cultures. Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including staff and colleagues.

The Power of Relational Leadership

This “relational” approach to leadership was core to President Bush’s values and personality. And in the broader world, relational leadership—the longstanding and almost instinctive cultivation of close personal and professional relationships as an entre to building alliances and partnerships—is common.

Trauma Informed Leadership Video

Traumatic incidents and stressors can happen when we least expect them, and they can have a profound impact on individuals, teams, and organizations. We are living through an era of human history that is wrought with adversity, disruption, and change. Many of us living in the United States, and around the world, have experienced the traumatic effects associated with disasters, loss, workplace and community violence, civil unrest, and a global pandemic.

Being Anti-Racist is Central to Trauma-Informed Care: Principles of an Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed Organization | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Systems and organizations must shift beyond performative action toward becoming antiracist and trauma-informed. This resource offers actionable principles and strategies that organizations can implement to make this move toward fundamental transformation.