Your mental health – don’t leave work without it

by | Dec 10, 2021 | Take 5 Articles

Working Canadians want and deserve to work in psychologically safe workplaces. In simple terms, this means you’re supported to do your job well – and accountable for treating others well – at work.

For almost 15 years, WORKPLACE STRATEGIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH has been collaborating with experts from across the country to develop evidence- and practice-based resource that align with the NATIONAL STANDARD of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The platform is a trusted source among employers, people leaders, HR representatives, trainers, consultants and employees.

Workplace Strategies is here to help you develop strategies that support success at work for everyone.

All the TOOLS AND RESOURCES from Workplace Strategies are available to anyone at no cost. The program is funded by Canada Life as part of its commitment to support the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians.

A psychologically healthy workplace has many benefits for both employers and employees. It can improve morale and productivity as well as reduce absenteeism and health costs. Most importantly, fostering a healthy environment is the right thing to do.

What’s on the site

Tools and resources address how to protect mental health at work, how to manage stress and improve emotional intelligence, how to deal with bullying, caring for a loved one, retiring well and more.

You will find ready-to-run workshop materials, including a facilitator guide, participant handout and slide presentation, with topics range from leadership to mental well-being. Designed with Canadians in mind, the tools and resources are:

  • Evidence- and practice-based
  • Easy to use, such as turnkey workshop materials
  • Customizable
  • Produced in English and French
  • Available to download or print

In a healthier workplace, you’ll see significant and sustainable gains in productivity, recruitment, retention and operational success. At the same time, there may be lower costs due to lower disability and absentee rates and less conflict.

New podcast

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health has entered the podcast world with a four-part series on SPOTIFY and Apple Podcasts. Hear Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Collaboration and Strategy, get curious with five individuals who bring expertise and advice to their conversations about:

  • Addiction
  • Domestic violence
  • Spirituality
  • Stigma

Start making a difference today

  • Go to WORKPLACE STRATEGIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH to find all these free tools and resources
  • Sign up for personal weekly emails on mental health, leadership or healthy breaks
  • Get links to short videos and practical information
  • Subscribe to get news from Workplace Strategies so you’re always in the know

This article is brought to you by CANADA LIFE, sponsor of The Benefits Alliance Group Take 5 for Health Benefits newsletter and website.

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This article is part of The Benefits Alliance Take 5 for Health Benefits. Take 5 is a quarterly initiative that provides a deeper look a the employee benefits space by providing examples, research and case studies on what’s working for employers in Canada.