Workplace Mental Health

What does Workplace Mental Health have to do with You? Everything.

Employers acknowledge how important their people are to the success and sustainability of their organization. Therefore, should we not be doing more to protect such a fundamental asset? Consider the following statistics.

  • In any given week approximately 500,000 Canadian workers will not go to work due to mental health issues.
  • Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, account for 30% of short-term and long-term disability claims and 70% of disability costs.
  • Employers lose more than 6 billion dollars annually in lost productivity, absenteeism, presentism and turnover.

(Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Introducing ThinkMentalHealth.ca

ThinkMentalHealth.ca

ThinkMentalHealth.ca is a joint effort from Ontario Health and Safety System Partners to provide business owners with the resources needed to better understand and prevent mental health problems. Our goal is to help you, your staff, and your company stay healthy.

So what does that mean for your organization? In order to be successful every workplace must pay attention to how it organizes its work and manages its people. In the workplace mental health context we need to do this with mindfulness, carefulness and greater awareness to ensure healthy minds at work!  #healthyminds

Consulting

Consulting

MH First Aid Training

MH First Aid Training

Training & E-Courses

MH First Aid Training

 

Videos & Resources

Videos & Resources

Intranet MH Widget

Mental Health Widget

Mental Health Poster

Mental Health Poster

 

Consulting

According to the National Standard for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace, there are at least 13 workplace factors that can affect a worker's health. These workplace factors include:

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

These 13 workplace factors can provide the framework to identify, assess and build a positive workplace culture that workplaces need to be successful and sustainable.

At WSPS we can assist your organization's workplace mental health (WMH) by:

  • Raising WMH awareness and developing stigma reduction strategies
  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Implementing policy & programs related to the 13 workplace factors
  • Advising on program performance
  • Implementing the National Standard on PHS in the Workplace:
    • Group Consulting workshops
    • Performing gap analyses
    • Developing a management system
    • Auditing & continual improvement 

Consultants

WSPS works with you and your staff to identify the most effective ways to improve your employees' work environments and to implement solutions that encourage a positive and supportive workplace mental health framework. Our trusted advisors bring knowledge, experience and expertise to the issue of workplace mental health.

Andrew HarknessAndrew Harkness
Strategy Advisor
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We also provide customized training programs targeted to the specific needs of your organization. Call us today! 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) or 905-614-1400.

Downloads

Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental health in the workplace: Organizational factors and resources
1600 KB PDF
Mental Health Infographics Poster

Mental Health Infographics Poster

Mental Health in the workplace
1100 KB PDF
Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

To put health and safety solutions within reach of every employer and employee in Ontario.

810 KB PDF

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

NEW! Train your employees to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and provide appropriate assistance.
12 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$230.00

Workplace Mental Health - Raising Awareness

Workplace Mental Health - Raising Awareness

Workplace Mental Health: Awareness Session, is a two- hour, general consulting solution that focuses on reducing the stigma of workplace mental health and discussing how we can begin to work towards creating both physically and mentally safe and healthy workplaces.

  • On-site
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Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

NEW! This half‐day training solution is designed to improve mental health literacy and provide managers with practical tools and resources to be able to manage mental health issues in the workplace.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$179.00

E-Courses

(ON) Developing Your Workplace Violence and Harassment Program in Ontario (2 hours)

(ON) Developing Your Workplace Violence and Harassment Program in Ontario (2 hours)

Learn how to comply with the requirements of OHSA regarding workplace violence & harassment.
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$109.00

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

This free course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important.
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$0.00

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore communication strategies for both employees and employers/managers/supervisors to have that conversation about mental health issues, with the overall goal to help educate and increase awareness in the workplace.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

This course will empower you to improve your own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress - a process referred to as mental fitness.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace promotes emotional well-being, and presents minimal risk to employee mental health.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore the signs, symptoms, and solutions for mental illnesses commonly experienced in the workplace.
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$49.00

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

NEW! Recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD).
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$36.00

Santé mentale : milieux de travail sains sur le plan psychologique (français) (1 heure)

Santé mentale : milieux de travail sains sur le plan psychologique (français) (1 heure)

Un milieu de travail sécuritaire et sain sur le plan psychologique favorise le bien-être émotionnel et minimise les risques liés à la santé mentale pour les employés.

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$49.00

Santé mentale : sensibilisation (français)

Santé mentale : sensibilisation (français)

Ce cours présente une introduction à la question très complexe de la santé mentale au travail et explique pourquoi elle est si importante.

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$0.00

Santé mentale : stratégies de communication (français) (1 heure)

Santé mentale : stratégies de communication (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours explore les stratégies de communication pour les employés ainsi que les employeurs, les gestionnaires et les superviseurs en vue de promouvoir une discussion sur les enjeux liés à la santé mentale, avec pour objectif général de favoriser et d'accroître la sensibilisation en milieu de travail.

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$49.00

Santé mentale: signes, symptômes et solutions (français) (1 heure)

Santé mentale: signes, symptômes et solutions (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours explore les signes, les symptômes et les solutions liés aux maladies mentales que l'on observe fréquemment en milieu de travail.

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$49.00

Santé mentale: stratégies en matière de santé et de bien-être (français) (1 heure)

Santé mentale: stratégies en matière de santé et de bien-être (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours vous donnera des outils pour rehausser votre bien-être mental en développant une résilience élevée au stress, un processus appelé « mise en forme mentale ».

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$49.00

Articles

Boost performance by managing brain-centred hazards

Boost performance by managing brain-centred hazards

Risk assessments typically look for physical and technological hazards that may lead to personal injuries and/or incidents. But what if potential hazards are also are housed in the human brain? Such unrecognized brain-centred hazards could explain why so many incidents are attributed to "human error."

Jun 08, 2018
How to assess workplace mental health readiness

How to assess workplace mental health readiness

Is your workplace mental health program doing what it needs to do? Have you ever assessed its effectiveness? With just a few quick clicks, your health and safety or human resources coordinator can answer five online questions that can help assess the status of your workplace mental health program.
May 14, 2018
7 ways to transform your mental health

7 ways to transform your mental health

We may expect employers to create a healthy working environment, but this is often a daunting task with many complex layers. "It's how we communicate, how we treat each other, and how mindful we are about our actions and their effect on the people around us," says Deborah Connors, a leading Canadian workplace coach, speaker, and author.
Apr 19, 2018
Stay on top of the new chronic stress legislation

Stay on top of the new chronic stress legislation

A new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) policy compensating employees for work-related chronic mental stress sends a clear signal that mental injuries are just as real - and compensable - as physical injuries. Chronic mental stress is defined as a diagnosed mental disorder predominantly caused by a substantial work-related stressor or series of stressors. Excluded from the definition is chronic mental stress caused by employer decisions related to the worker's employment, such as changing the work to be performed, disciplining the worker, or terminating employment.
Mar 20, 2018
5 things you need to know for your marijuana policy

5 things you need to know for your marijuana policy

Marijuana legalization is slated to take effect this summer. This impending legislation leaves a lot of workplaces vulnerable, if they don't yet have policies in place. "If you're an employer, it's reasonable to be worried," says Dan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, for CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. "There are a lot of unknowns and a lot at stake."
Mar 20, 2018
Approach employee mental health concerns with confidence

Approach employee mental health concerns with confidence

An employee emails asking for a few minutes with you. You’ve noticed something's off, they’ve been distracted, their performance has declined and they’re just not the same person. How would you respond?

Feb 26, 2018
Bill 148 - 6 changes that could affect your workplace

Bill 148 - 6 changes that could affect your workplace

Public response to Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, has primarily focused on increases to the minimum wage. However, the Bill aims to help workplaces support their workers through life’s challenges. Look further and you’ll find changes that aim to help promotes the mental health and well-being of employees dealing with difficult circumstances.

Feb 21, 2018
Tackling the winter blues

Tackling the winter blues

It's not officially winter, but many of us may already be experiencing the blues. Less daylight and colder temperatures make many people feel cranky, tired and disinterested. Some may suffer a more debilitating form of the blues, known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD.
Dec 06, 2017
Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

New research suggests that the first six months after a workplace injury may be critical to an injured worker's ongoing mental health.

Feb 13, 2017
7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

"Canada's workers are both overwhelmed and overworked," says mental health expert Dr. Ian Dawe. The resulting stress translates into $6 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and lost time, but Dawe says there is an alternative. "Understanding the human cost of workplace mental health helps employers develop action plans that will improve the bottom line as well as employee well-being."

Jan 13, 2017
Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Ever try talking to someone who doesn't want to listen? You can't force conversation. However, you can create an environment in which positive, solutions-focused conversations occur, whether planned or spontaneous.

Nov 04, 2016
8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

Could your company's social media channels become a forum in which the public threaten and harass your employees?

Oct 06, 2016
8 tips on holding a mental health lunch 'n learn

8 tips on holding a mental health lunch 'n learn

The introduction of CSA Z1003-Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in 2013 sent a signal to employers that Canada is taking mental health at work seriously, says WSPS consultant Paul Hartford. "It's time to open up the conversation with your employees, work to eliminate stigma, and convey that you too are serious about mental health at work." One great way to do this is through a series of lunch 'n learns - an informal onsite training or awareness-building session offered at a time when most employees are available.

Jul 29, 2016
5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

One in five Canadians is likely to experience a mental illness at some point, yet fear of being judged is a major barrier to seeking treatment - a critical first step in returning to good health.

Jul 05, 2016
Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

At a roundtable event in 2015, members of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network ranked stress, workplace violence and mental health as top hazards in their workplaces. Their experience is consistent with other Canadian businesses. Mental health problems are the number one cause of disability in Canada.

Jun 07, 2016
Get a fast read on employee stress levels with this online tool

Get a fast read on employee stress levels with this online tool

When employee stress levels start outweighing job satisfaction, it can wreak havoc on a workplace. Don't let that happen. Studies consistently show that taking a positive approach to psychological health and safety can generate measurable improvements in employee engagement, retention levels, productivity, and innovation and creativity. And there's a tool to help you stay on top of it.

May 05, 2016
Mental health first aid: how to respond to a mental health emergency

Mental health first aid: how to respond to a mental health emergency

In the first few minutes after an injury, providing first aid can help save limbs and lives. It's an essential act we can all perform with a little training. Now imagine providing mental health first aid. The goal is the same - offering initial support until appropriate professional help is available - and it's just as essential.

Mar 03, 2016
Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. Forty-one companies across Canada are tackling this head on. To promote positive mental health among all employees, these companies are implementing CSA Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. They're also sharing their experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We all have a chance to learn from this," says Andrew Harkness, WSPS' strategy advisor, organizational health initiatives.

Jan 12, 2016
Clara Hughes at Partners in Prevention: behind the smile

Clara Hughes at Partners in Prevention: behind the smile

Everybody loves Clara Hughes. The world’s first Olympian to earn multiple medals at both the winter and summer games, and Canada’s top ranked Olympic medal holder alongside Cindy Klassen, Clara could just as easily be the neighbour who helps you unload your groceries, or the woman in the coffee shop who gives a hand to the new mother struggling with a stroller.
Apr 22, 2013

Videos

Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Consider...Connect..."

Use this 1 1/2 minute visual time-out to reflect on the need for mental well-being.
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Leadership Matters"

The essence of leadersip and how to nurture the best in employees: key points presented by Michael "Pinball" Clemons (CFL Hall of Famer), Dr. Dan Dawe (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences), Doug Smeall (Sun Life Financial), Zoe Gordon (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Dr. Dwight Chapin (High Point Wellness Centre).
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Summit 2011"

Overview of the Mental Fitness Summit held at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI), narrated by the conference host, Dr. Dwight Chapin (High Point Wellness Centre).
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Top 2 Stress Relief Exercises"

Try these two simple ways to lower your stress level, as presented by Dr. Ian Dawe (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences) and Zoe Gordon (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).
Nov 14, 2011
bc211

bc211

bc211 is a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.
Jun 03, 2016  Open link 
Canadian Association of College and University Student Services

Canadian Association of College and University Student Services

CACUSS is a professional bilingual association representing and serving those individuals who work in Canadian post-secondary institutions in student affairs and services.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has a vision: the elimination of work-related illnesses and injuries.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.
Nov 16, 2012  Open link 
Commission des Normes, de l'équité, de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail

Commission des Normes, de l'équité, de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail

The CNESST is the organization to which the Quebec government has entrusted the promotion of the rights and obligations of work.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Community Cares Mental Health Response Training

Community Cares Mental Health Response Training

Free and easily accessible training for community members and first responders who deal regularly with mental health consumers and substance users. If you:
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
CSA Group ‐ Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard

CSA Group ‐ Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard

Every day, CSA Group works with businesses, organizations and code authorities all around the world to help create a safer, more sustainable world for people and for business.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
GoodLife Fitness – Health & Wellness Leadership Summit

GoodLife Fitness – Health & Wellness Leadership Summit

The GoodLife Fitness Health and Wellness Leadership Summit provides organizations with educational tools to develop fit, healthy, happy, productive and engaged employees.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

Provides employers with a variety of free public resources including information, strategies, tools and initiatives as well as support for research aimed at improving workplace mental health.
Nov 16, 2012  Open link 
Groupe Entreprises en Santé

Groupe Entreprises en Santé

Healthy Enterprise Group is a leading health movement and wellness company.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Guarding Minds at Work

Guarding Minds at Work

Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is a unique and free, comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace.
Nov 16, 2012  Open link 
High Point Wellness Centre

High Point Wellness Centre

A multidisciplinary health clinic in Mississauga, Ontario specializing in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link 
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health issues.
Nov 16, 2012  Open link 
Public Services Health & Safety Association

Public Services Health & Safety Association

Resources and prevention strategies to manage psychological health & safety in the workplace.
Jun 21, 2016  Open link 
Respect Group

Respect Group

Empower people to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) through interactive, online certification.
Jun 21, 2016  Open link 
Secrétariat du travail Québec

Secrétariat du travail Québec

Its service offering is based on the following three areas: support for decision-making ministerial and government authorities, labor relations and labor information.
Jun 20, 2016  Open link