Free patent pending Mental Health and Workplace Risk Assessment App and Training Program for Youth and Industry
February 15, 2022 – Calgary, AB – SWIFT Learning and the SiS Foundation of Canada have launched, SAHARA (Safety And Hazard Awareness Risk Assessment), a cloud-based, proactive management technology that combines workplace hazards and a mental health self-assessment to calculate risk level and then links to recommended eLearning courses accessible from any device. If an employee’s risk level is high due to their mental health, a link is included to an anonymous crisis response provider for immediate support.
While there are endless studies and polls on mental health, even what the definition of mental health is, the undeniable conclusion is that mental health, in all its guises, has become one of the leading issues facing employers.
The disproportion in youth mental health issues is particularly alarming. The Canadian Institute for Health Information found that between between 2008–2009 and 2018–2019, among youth there was a 61% increase in emergency department visits and a 60% increase in hospitalizations for mental disorders.
Adding to the issue of tackling mental wellness in the workplace is the stigma surrounding it. Another study (Dewa, 2014) found that 38.6 percent of employees would not tell their employer if they were experiencing a mental health problem and a staggering 82 per cent (Miller, 2006) of employees with mental health issues admit it impacts their work while only 53 per cent (Miller, 2006) of those with physical health issues say it impacts their work.
The first of many planned releases of SAHARA 4 SiS Youth has been launched through the SiS Foundation for the service hospitality industry. SiS provides a username and password to download the SAHARA app from the Google and Apple stores. SWIFT Learning is also launching SAHARA 4 Mental Health, a free app that excludes workplace hazards and SAHARA 4 Corporate Wellness.
SAHARA 4 Corporate wellness enables organizations to demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by taking proactive steps to realize measurable improvements in safety performance, employee mental health, and corporate wellness.
“SAHARA has been developed to easily customize the hazards and mental health assessment for any industry or corporate need. With extensive reporting and data analytic capabilities we can help organizations educate, empower, and proactively mitigate mental health issues and, reduce incidents in the workplace – that is our goal.” stated Kim Adolphe CEO of SWIFT Learning and Chairman of the SiS Foundation.
About SWIFT Learning
SWIFT, a social enterprise, and cofounder of the SiS Foundation of Canada, offers a range of programs though their proprietary Software as a Service (SaaS) eLearning Platform including the HSE course library, mental health and well-being library, SWIFT Space 4 SMEs, and the SAHARA (Safety and Health Awareness Risk Assessment) patent pending programs. SWIFT facilitates Corporate Social Responsibility for organizations by providing measurable safety performance improvement and corporate wellness solutions and through their philanthropic programs for safety, mental health, and well-being they deliver to the SiS Foundation, nonprofit, charitable, and sports associations.
About the SiS (Safety in Schools) Foundation of Canada
The SiS Foundation is a non-profit that has been delivering health, safety, environment, mental health, and well-being programs free to high school students since 2011. They are in over 350 schools and expanding across Canada. SiS educates and empowers young people to stay safe at school, work, home, and at play 4 life.
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