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Why mental health matters

As an organization, putting the mental health of employees at the top of the strategy agenda is a win-win proposition. Mentally healthy workplaces can boost the bottom line, improve recruitment and retention efforts, and bolster productivity. The following resources are intended to help you become aware of workplace psychological safety guidelines along with some tools to help you get started.


For Employers: The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The MHCC has training and tools to improve mental health literacy at work and to spark game-changing conversations. We also have a blueprint to build psychologically safe workplaces that is adaptable regardless of your organization’s size or sector.

 For Employers: My Workplace Health

The following videos highlight each of the Psychosocial Factors known to impact workplace psychological health and safety (PH&S) as outlined in the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013 – see link above). These videos were created by Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., who is CEO & Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth, a global consultancy on PH&S. Dr. Samra is also a Founding and Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard - which is the first of its kind in the world, and is informing the development of an international ISO Standard.

  1. Organizational Culture - The shared values and expectations within a work environment, which are used as behavioural and problem-solving cues. Learn more here.
  2. Psychological and Social Support - The level of social and emotional integration, trust and support within and among all work relationships. Learn more here.
  3. Clear Leadership and Expectations - Clarity about what workers are expected to do and how their work contributes to the organization. The most powerful leadership style is transformational leadership - where leaders are change agents who inspire and motivate others to do more than what is expected through mission, vision and purpose. Learn more here.
  4. Civility and Respect - Involves respectful and considerate interactions that demonstrate esteem, care, and acknowledgement of dignity - among all work relationships, including with customers, clients and public. Learn more here.
  5. Psychological Demands - The emotional and interpersonal demands of work, and the requirement of organizations to assess and ensure a good fit between workers' interpersonal and emotional competencies and the requirements of the position they hold. Learn more here.
  6. Growth and Development - Providing workers with encouragement and support in the development of their interpersonal, emotional and job skills. Learn more here.
  7. Recognition and Reward - Appropriate acknowledgement and appreciation of workers' efforts in a fair and timely manner. Learn more here.
  8. Involvement and Influence - Involves including workers in discussions about how their work is done and how important organizational decisions are made. Learn more here.
  9. Workload Management - A work environment where assigned tasks and responsibilities can be accomplished successfully within the time available, and where workers have the resources needed to do their job well. Learn more here.
  10. Engagement - Workers enjoying and feeling physically, emotionally and/or cognitively connected to their work, and being motivated to do their job well. Learn more here.
  11. Balance - Acceptance in a work environment of the need for a sense of harmony between the demands of personal life, family and work and the recognition that everyone has multiple roles outside of work. Learn more here.
  12. Psychological Protection - Refers to the psychological safety of workers, and is demonstrated when workers feel able to put themselves on the line, ask questions, seek feedback, report mistakes and problems, or propose a new idea without fearing negative consequences to themselves, their job, or their career. Learn more here.
  13. Protection of Physical Safety - Is present when a workers' psychological, as well as physical safety, is protected from hazards and risks related to the workers' physical environment. Learn more here.


For Individuals: Self-assessment Tools

The online assessments are intended to help individuals reflect on what they may be feeling or experiencing right now so that they can determine if further assessment by a healthcare professional is necessary. These assessment tools have been provided for informational purposes only only. Learn more here.


For Individuals: Wellness Together Canada 

Where individuals can get connected to FREE mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional. Wellness Together Canada allows you to choose from a variety of resources to motivate and support your wellness journey. Wellness Together Canada has been funded by the Government of Canada in response to the unprecedented rise in mental distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.


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