One in Two People are Struggling and aren’t getting the help they need.
One in Eight People have experienced high levels of anxiety.
Twenty-One People die by opioid overdose EVERY DAY
More than 200 People in Canada attempt Suicide- EVERY SINGLE DAY!

If you are in crisis, please go to the closest hospital or call 9-1-1. If you’re thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8 toll-free, anytime.

Mental Health Awareness Month is in May but in January there is one special day that started approximately 13 years ago- to create awareness and remove the stigma of Mental Health in Canada. It’s important that this isn’t something that’s just one day or even one month a year but every day: all year. So many Canadians are suffering in silence! 

What is Mental Health- Mental Health is a psychological and emotional state of well-being. To live a healthy life, you need to have good mental health as well. Poor mental health can lead to physical illness, not just mental illness. It affects the way you feel and think. It helps you cope with challenges big or small and enjoy life.

Mental health can be influenced positively or negatively by many factors- 
Life experiences, family situations, Illness/death of loved ones. Relationships with family, friends and coworkers, classmates. The environment you live, work, or go to school in. Your personal physical health.

Taking care of your mental health means knowing and accepting that many things in life can be challenging, that it’s ok to have weaknesses, but acknowledging your strengths as well. Accepting that everyone is different and thinks differently and that’s ok!  Create a sense of meaning within your life- learning and trying new activities, finding a hobby you enjoy. Creating healthy, trusting relationships with people who accept you for you and are supportive.

How being Mentally healthy helps you- Increases your coping skills to face life’s challenges, improves your self-esteem and confidence.

A few Ways to help improve your mental health- Stay positive, be thankful and grateful for the good things in your life, take care of your physical health- it goes hand in hand with your mental health. Stay in touch with family and friends, giving back to the community, and getting outdoors- to fresh air and sunshine!

Getting a restful Sleep, cutting back on social media, strengthening your personal relationships, exercise (move your body in what way you can) Eating nutrient- rich foods, listening to your body and rest when you need to!

Your mental health plays a large role in your quality of life. Making small changes or adding beneficial habits will promote overall wellness.

Everyone’s mental health is important. It needs to be taken care of to make sure you stay healthy overall. Learn about your mental health, how to improve it and the resulting benefits.

The 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and their partners.

Calls or texts to 9-8-8 are confidential. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed or shared outside of the 9-8-8 network, except as required or permitted by law, or in cases where emergency intervention is required to support the safety and well-being of the caller or texter, and the safety of others.

Kids Help Phone provides mental health support and crisis services for children and young adults across Canada.

Call: 1-800-668-6868 (24/7)
Text: CONNECT to 686868 (24/7)

Quebec Residents can also use:
Call: 1-866-APPELLE (I-866-227-3553)

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples seeking emotional support, crisis intervention, or referrals to community-based services.
Support is available in English and French and, by request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

To connect with a mental health professional one-on-one:
Call 1-888-668-6810 or text WELLNESS to 686868 for youth.
call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 741741 for adults.

You can also visit Wellness Together Canada to access different levels of support, including:

  • one-on-one counselling
  • credible articles and information
  • self-guided courses and programs
  • peer support and coaching.

For more information: Mental Health Research Canada
For more information: Public Health Agency of Canada
Stop the Stigma of Mental Health Issues and Disorders –

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health | CAMH

Habits to Improve Mental Health: 8 You Can Try Today (

Dear IAM Family,

As we approach the upcoming weekend, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his remarkable legacy.

Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting for justice and equality for all. His hard work, sacrifices and leadership have inspired generations, and his message of hope and unity continues to resonate to this day.

As we pause to remember Dr. King’s extraordinary life and achievements, let us renew our commitment to building a fairer, more compassionate society that honors his vision of a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

The commemoration of MLK Day holds a significant place in our country as it is also marked as a National Day of Service. Active participation in service projects can bridge community divides and create positive change.

Justice on the job and service to the community are the guiding principles of the IAM, and as Dr. King famously said, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.” IAM members across North America are putting this philosophy into action by serving their communities, not for themselves, but to build solidarity and support for those who need it most.

Let’s keep in mind that to achieve justice in our workplaces and communities, we must work towards advancing and embracing equality for all.

So, as your new International President, I was pleased to announce that our union is taking a significant step toward safeguarding civil and human rights. To this end, our IAM Human Rights Department has taken on its own identity within our Union, with its own leadership whose sole purpose is to advance the principles and practices of equality, as well as economic and social justice. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to upholding the values that our union stands for.

From the negotiating table to organizing workers for a better future, to ensuring equal and fair treatment for everyone, the IAM continues to honor Dr. King’s legacy today and every day.

In solidarity,

Brian Bryant
International President

Swearing In Ceremony- January 5th, 2024

If you missed the live ceremony; you can watch it here. David Chartrand our GVP for IAMAW Canada is there along with the Canadian Office new Chief of Staff- Ralph Martin, from LL1295 under DL78. 

IAMAW International Officers Swearing In Ceremony

Friday January 5th at 12 Noon Eastern time 

The swearing in of the IAMAW new International President and his Officers will take place- live stream viewing is available at the links below. 

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Message from IAMAW International President

Dear IAM Family,

It’s the honor of my lifetime to begin 2024 as the 15th International President of our great union.

As a 34 -year member who began my IAM career as a shipbuilder in Maine, I know what our union means to countless families and communities across the United States and Canada

As we enter this new chapter together, we thank those who came before us, including now-retired International President Robert Martinez Jr., who led our union for the last eight  years. Bob has transformed the IAM through innovative organizing, putting our resources back into the membership, solidifying our finances, and so much more.

And now, as the IAM always has, we turn our focus to the future.

We are laying the groundwork for a new era of growth and prosperity in the IAM — and our membership is leading the way. Through the Committee on the Future, our members across North America have made their voices heard on how to change our union for the better. We are preparing to tackle the most pressing challenges facing the IAM, like sustaining our growth, membership engagement, branding our union for the future, and much more.

And we will need all of you — the proud membership of the IAM — to lead the way as we move further toward our great purpose: To inspire and empower our members to make life better and create a world with security, opportunity and dignity for all.

Happy New Year, IAM. I look forward to seeing all of you soon as we continue to move our union forward.

In solidarity,

Brian Bryant
International President


DL78 would like to extend congratulations to Brother Ralph Martin on his appointment to the IAMAW Canadian office Chief of Staff.  IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. announced this new leadership Role to be effective Jan 2, 2024

Brother Ralph has been a long-standing member of the IAM, starting at Ball Packaging Products in Burlington, Ontario. Within the year he was elected to be Shop Steward; he also held various positions within the local, negotiating committee member, plant committee chairperson and health and safety Rep.

Brother Ralph was elected Local 863 President in January of 1996; he held this position until 2008 when Ball Packaging Closed.
His dedication to the union led him to be an instrumental voice in forming a job action center, which helped find employment for every member at Ball Packaging!

Martin became a Grand Lodge Apprentice Organizer in January 2008 and was successful in organizing several new groups, including in the healthcare industry.

He became a Business Representative for District Lodge 78 in Toronto in 2010, and in April of 2013 he became Directing Business Representative of DL78, he held this position until November 2014, when he was promoted to Grand Lodge Representative by Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

Ralph was instrumental in putting the IAM on the map in representing Health Care workers in 2018 when he successfully organized 2,600 new members at Spectrum Health Care

“I’m honoured and humbled to be taking this important role in our union,” said Martin. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running with General Vice President Chartrand and our entire staff.”

This week members of many unions including the IAMAW are descending on Ottawa and Parliament Hill to Lobby our MPs and Political Leaders for strong anti-scab Laws, Good, Sustainable Jobs and Universal Public Pharmacare.

If you aren’t involved with the in-person lobby day or even if you are and want to speak to your MP; about these issues or others within your workplace, use the link below (provided by the CLC) to connected with the MP in your residential area, book a time between December 4th and December 8th for Virtual Lobby week or any time that is convenient for you. Be sure to have your phone close at hand when your meeting is scheduled for,  someone from the MPs office will call and patch you through to your MP.  If you are able to get an in person meeting with your Local MP please don’t forget to get a photo or two of that meeting! and forward them to your IAM Rep!

The link below from the Canadian Labour Congress; also provides a script you can refer to while on your call. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your Local Lodge executive for help with these conversations or your Political Action Committee.

Virtual Lobby Week: Call your MP | Canadian Labour Congress

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

November 18, 2023 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM


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Next up: Building power with the leaders of tomorrow

Are you a young worker * interested in the fight for good jobs, decent work, and a better life for everyone? Want to learn more about what unions do to improve working conditions for all workers, and how you could become a leader at work?

Then join us for the Young Workers’ Summit, a one-day skills-building conference hosted by the Young Workers’ Committee of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

The Summit includes workshops, panel discussions, and small-group meetings where young workers from across sectors and regions can connect with one another, share experiences, and build a movement together.

The Summit is free and open to all young workers * in Ontario, union and non-union workers alike.


8:30 AM: Registration
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM: Summit programming
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Social

A full agenda will be posted soon.

For more information, please email

* A young worker is usually defined as a worker aged 30 or under. For the purposes of this Summit, we encourage only those workers aged 40 and under to register.