Why Workplace Mental Health Matters
Mental health is an issue that impacts every workplace in Canada. The workplace can contribute positively or negatively to a person’s mental health.
employees both benefit from a psychologically healthy workplace:
- health costs
- medical leave/disability
- workplace injuries
What can employers do
As an employer, there
are many ways in which you can help create a psychologically healthy and safe
workplace. Building a supportive work environment that promotes mental
well-being has benefits for everyone and keeps your workforce strong and
Top 8 practices
employee participation and decision-making
- Clearly define employees' duties and responsibilities
- Promote work-life balance
- Encourage and model respectful behaviours
- Manage workloads
- Provide training and learning opportunities
- Have conflict resolution practices in place
- Recognize employees' contributions effectively
Employer tools for preventing and addressing
workplace mental health issues
Healthy Minds@Work from the Canadian Centre for Occupational
Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a hub of tools and resources to support
workplace parties in their efforts to address psychological health and safety
in the workplace.
Standard of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and
resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and
preventing psychological harm at work.
Health First Aid aims to
improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help
people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in
themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague
Health Commission of Canada aims to build capacity with evidence-informed
training and resources to empower and support people to effectively address
mental health issues where they live and work.
for Mental Health aims to increase knowledge and awareness of workplace
psychological health and safety, improve the ability to respond to mental
health issues at work and provide practical strategies and tools for employers.
Whether it’s helping your employees adjust to working from home, or returning to work, these website have many resources that can help you, help your staff.