Conservation Mental Health
Anyone working in conservation or sustainable recreation can directly feel the weight of biodiversity and habitat loss, the impacts of climate change, or the expectations and demands of public users and partners. Front line staff serve the public and nature directly, often as first responders in emergencies and disasters. Managers and decision-makers can find themselves accountable for heavy, lasting decisions that can impact entire communities or species.
It is critical for everyone in the parks community to be mindful of our individual and collective mental wellness. This begins with listening to ourselves and each other and accessing the employee support services offered by each of our agencies, our communities, and our health care system.
CPPCL has identified the mental wellbeing of the parks and protected areas sector as a priority. Several capstone teams have focused on conservation mental health. CPPCL also offers a Challenge Coin program to reduce stigma around accessing employer mental health programs.
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Mapping the Work
Contacts for employee and family assistance programs in federal, provincial, or territorial parks and protected areas agencies.
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Champions and Innovators
CPPCL is grateful for a community of colleagues working in and helping build our understanding in this area of parks and protected areas leadership.
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