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17 Moving to Action Building Block 7: Prevention Prevention—Define how the employer will help employees proactively gain knowledge and skills to reduce mental harm and promote mental health. These initiatives may include stigma reduction campaigns, education about mental health and substance use disorders, communication strategies, and professional development in micro skills that support mental fitness and resiliency. Why is this building block important? The World Health Organization defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." 35 One needs to be aware of this broad definition of health to be able to promote mental health and prevent mental harm at work. (See "What is required for an effective health promotion program?") Prevention of mental harm is a key tenet for building an organization's psychological health and safety. Preventing mental harm is what employers and employees should be doing by identifying psychological hazards before someone is affected. 35 World Health Organization, "WHO Constitution." What is required for an effective health promotion program? Employee practices to promote physical health include: • physical activity • adequate sleep • smoking reduction Employee practices to promote mental health include: • self-care • resiliency and coping skills • a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being Employee practices to promote social well-being include: • healthy relationships • positive social connections at work • social support Source: Compiled by The Conference Board of Canada.

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