Mental Health Promotion in the Workplace
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Distribute credible information on your workplace wellness bulletin boards, by e-mail or on your intranet such as:
- Pamphlets from the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Posters, fact sheets, or articles from the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety: Healthy Minds
- Posters, postcards, web banners, infographics and other communications from Not Myself Today
- Posters, newsletters or social media images from the Bell Let's Talk campaign (January 28) or World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) .
- Working Through It videos or weekly emails from the Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
- Coordinate an employee team for the Ride Don’t Hide for mental health (June 23)
Host a Lunch & Learn or an education session led by:
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Windsor Essex County Branch
- Family Services Windsor-Essex
- Contact email@example.com call 519-258-2146 ext. 3200 for a list of possible speakers
Have a Take Your Break workplace challenge.
Host a stress reduction or relaxation workshop.
Host an archived webinar from the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety: Healthy Minds.
Host an archived Healthy at Work webinar from the Winsor-Essex-County Health Unit:
- Healthy Holidays: A Last Minute Survival Guide
- Mental Health: You Are Not Alone
- Reduce Your Holiday Stress
- Curb Your Stress, Eat Well
Have management complete the Questionnaire for Workplace Psychological Health and Safety.
Encourage employees to complete the online training from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety such as:
- Assembling the Pieces Toolkit on implementing the National Standards of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Mental Health: Awareness or the other 5 courses on Mental Health
- Bullying in the Workplace
- Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers
- Domestic Violence in the Workplace
- Stress in the Workplace
- Violence in the Workplace: Awareness or the other two courses on Violence in the Workplace
Provide employees training on:
- Mental health illnesses to help reduce stigma and discrimination
- Roles and responsibilities regarding workplace harassment or
- Conflict resolution
Provide management training to recognize and act upon signs of distress in employees such as:
Offer counseling through an Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider.
Implement changes based on the Questionnaire for Workplace Psychological Health and Safety.
Create a quiet relaxation room for employees.
Encourage flexible work arrangements, (e.g., compressed work week or working from home).
Conduct a Stress Audit and make necessary changes.
Encourage employees to take breaks.
Create a process to acknowledge employee achievements in a timely manner or to seek employee input to make workloads manageable.
Implement a mentorship program that connects inexperienced and experienced employees.
Provide child care or eldercare services to help with work-life balance.
Offer professional development opportunities.
- Baby Friendly Workplace Policy
- Compressed Work Week Policy
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy
- Employee Recognition Policy
- Family Leave Policy
- Job Sharing Policy
- Mental Health Stigma Reduction Policy
- Psychological Safety in the Workplace Policy
- Reimbursement for Stress Reducing Programs/Activities Policy
- Telework Policy
- Violence in the Workplace Policy
- Workplace Harassment Policy
- Offer benefits to all employees (e.g., vacation time, sick leave, health benefits).
- Implement effective and accessible grievance procedures.