There is much evidence to support the notion that when mental health is prioritized in the workplace – everyone benefits. Even though the pandemic further amplified the importance of mental wellness at work, there is still work to be done to reduce the stigma, normalize dialogue and put formal procedures into place to support mental health related issues.

Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (“The Standard”) is a first-of-its-kind set of free voluntary guidelines, tools and resources to help promote mental health and wellness.

The Standard outlines 13 factors affecting psychological health and safety in the workplace:

  • Organizational Culture
  • Psychological Demands
  • Balance
  • Civility & Respect
  • Psychological Protection
  • Growth & Development
  • Clear Leadership & Expectations
  • Recognition & Reward
  • Protection of Physical Safety
  • Psychological & Social Support
  • Engagement
  • Involvement & Influence
  • Workload Management

To learn more about these 13 factors and ways to improve psychologically safety at work, watch these short, animated videos. For a deeper dive, take this free short course offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

The course (developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada) takes you through each of the 13 psychosocial factors and offers bite-sized steps you can take to help yourself and others, with links to additional resources.

Just like physical health, we all have mental health. Expand your awareness and share these resources with others.

Categories: Wellness and Balance