News Release: Health Unit and Partners Seek Workplaces to Participate in Mental Health Survey
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 1 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Workplace Mental Health Survey to inform mental health supports for the Windsor-Essex County workforce.
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) and Family Services Windsor-Essex (FSWE), is inviting all local employers to participate in a survey to learn more about the mental health experiences and needs of the Windsor-Essex County (WEC) workforce.
Because many adults spend most of their waking hours working, local employers have opportunities to be supportive of positive mental health which over the course of the pandemic has been shown to be more important than ever. The Workplace Mental Health Survey provides employers with the opportunity to learn about the wellness strengths and needs of our local workforce. Participating employers will receive tailored reports along with recommended resources to support the mental health of their workforce.
The role of local organizations in supporting employee mental health has never been more important according to Kim Willis, Director of Communications & Mental Health Promotion, at Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex County Branch, “As adults we spend a large part of our lives in the workplace. It is increasingly important for employers to provide a psychological healthy and safe workplace. This has positive outcomes on productivity, absenteeism and morale. Participation in this survey will help inform gaps and areas for improvement in our community.”
In addition to the benefits to staff, the agencies behind the project recognize the value that this information can have for employers and the workplace environment as well. “The tailored resources and reports for each participating workplace will be a big asset to human resource planning and employee wellness programs. By participating in the survey, local employers will add a major tool to their arsenal in preventing lost time and supporting the mental health of their team”, describes Courtney Williston, Mental Health Specialist, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the WECHU.
The WECHU encourages interested employees and employers to visit their website, at www.wechu.org/mh-employer-survey to enroll or learn more about the project.