Guides & Toolkits

Moving to Action – Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap Primer

This Stream includes all of our Guides & Toolkits Flipbooks.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 9 of 31

Moving to Action Implementing Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap 9 Building Block 2: Support Support—Define and validate which supports are currently in place for employees and the minimal level of supports recommended. This includes employee and family assistance programs (EFAP), paramedical services, additional psychological services coverage, and critical incident stress debriefing. Why is this building block important? Many employers have some core supports in place (e.g., respectful workplace policies, occupational health and safety (OHS) committees, employee and family assistance programs). But not all employers may be aware of the full range of supports they could offer to employees. What is required for an effective employee support program? Employees must first know which programs exist and how they can access them. Employees must also realize why these programs are beneficial. 10 For most provinces, legislation mandates the need for workplace harassment and violence policies, adherence to human rights legislation, accommodation for mental health and addiction, and establishment of OHS committees. Organization size, budget, resources, employee needs, and values all influence core support programs. 10 Canada Life, "Workplace Strategies for Mental Health"; CSA Group and Mental Health Commission of Canada, Assembling the Pieces. Examples of basic core support programs • Local community resources (e.g., Canadian Mental Health Association [CMHA]) • Helplines (e.g., Crisis Services Canada) • Return-to-work policy and programs (e.g., Employer Line) • Accommodations for disability • Human rights • Emergency plans and incident reporting and investigation • Resources from public health units Examples of enhanced support programs • Employee and family assistance programs (EFAP) • Critical incident stress debriefing • Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT) • Employee benefit options (i.e., paramedical) • Psychological safe leader training • Training programs (i.e., Mental Health First Aid Canada and The Working Mind)

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Guides & Toolkits - Moving to Action – Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap Primer