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Mental Health

Issues involving workplace health and safety go well beyond the daily physical challenges faced by healthcare workers in the field. Stress and burnout are a leadings cause of employee absenteeism and turnover and, if left unchecked, can have significant impact on individuals, teams and organizations.

To effectively cope with mental health issues, organizations need to understand the risks and be proactive about strategies to ensure a psychologically safe workplace. The first step is identifying the risks. Some of the warning signs of a psychologically unsafe workplace can be:

  • An increased signs of conflict among staff, clients and patients
  • A growing number of misunderstandings and miscommunications
  • Talk of stress and distress among staff
  • Signs of disengagement or unpredictable absences from work
Healthy Work Environments survive and thrive on a solid foundation of compassion and mutual respect. A psychologically safe workplace is one that permits no harm to employee mental health in negligent, reckless or intentional ways. But how do people feel and behave in a psychologically safe work environment? How do organizations effectively respond to mental health issues in the workplace? There are a growing number of organizations across Canada that can help.

Tools and Resources

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Guarding Minds @ Work

Canadian Mental Health Association

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Stress at Work