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Healthy Minds at Work

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, July 21, 2017 9:44 AM

A psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that promotes employees' psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to employee psychological health due to negligent, reckless or intentional acts.

There is growing recognition that more action is needed to address mental health issues in the workplace. Mental health problems are costly to employers, given that 20% of all absences and 30% of all disability claims are mental-health related. Two complementary goals for employers:

  • Support employees who are experiencing mental health problems.
  • Design the work environment so that it contributes to positive mental well-being.

Evidence shows that there are thirteen factors that affect the mental health of people in the workplace. These psychosocial factors impact workers psychological responses to work and work conditions. This can cause mental health concerns. The factors include the way work is carried out. For example, deadlines, workload, and work methods. They also affect the context in which work occurs. This includes relationships and interactions with managers and supervisors, colleagues and co-workers, and clients or customers.

The factors listed within the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace are:
• Organizational culture
• Psychological and social support
• Clear leadership and expectations
• Civility and respect
• Psychological demands
• Growth and development
• Recognition and reward
• Involvement and influence
• Workload management
• Engagement
• Balance
• Psychological protection
• Protection and physical safety

The National Standard Assessment and Implementation Tools

Have THAT talk Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace videos

Each of the videos has a facilitator’s guide to help get the conversation started. There are many uses for the videos in workplaces, including some of these suggestions:
• view a video in a team meeting and talk about it with colleagues
• use it as part of the orientation training for new employees
• use as an awareness tool for managers and supervisors

Guarding Minds @ Work 

A set of self-serve tools to assess and address factors known to impact employee psychological health and safety and evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts.

Mental Health Commission of Canada
Information resources including Mental Health First Aid.

Canadian Mental Health Association
Resources and training including Mental Health Works.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Free online training and tools to help manage workplace issues.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Resources and online training

Mental Health Works - Working Through It
Video stories of reclaiming well-being at work, off work and returning to work.

Online Mental Health Support

Stress Strategies
A problem-solving approach to stress management.

Psychology Foundation of Canada
Workplace balance booklets (downloadable).

Mood disorders of Canada
A step by step guide to making changes to improve your workplace.