Why Leaders Must Champion Mental Health in the Workplace: Alternative Text from the Infographic
- 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health concern each year.
- More than 2 million Canadians have a mental health related disability.
- Nearly half of employed Canadians with a mental health disability feel their condition makes it difficult to change or advance in their job.
A healthy workplace results in reduced recruitment costs, absenteeism, conflicts, health benefit costs, as well as an all-around more productive and engaged workplace.
- Create ways for employees to support, recognize, and reward one another
- Regular check-ins with staff to identify support opportunities
- Flexibility in how, where, and when employees work (Work from home, ergonomic assessments, hot desk system, short breaks, etc.)
- Create a system to adjust and collaborate on accommodations for employees’ success
- Encourage candid dialogue about mental health, stress, and wellness to create a positive and open atmosphere
- Be accessible to employees and actively listen to their needs and concerns
- Involve employees in the development of workplace mental health programs
- Host Lunch n’ Learns. Topics could include professional growth, personal health habits, & financial wellness
- Ensure benefits include mental health coverage. Doing so gives employees access to the right support and promotes the message that mental illness is common and treatable.
- Establish an Employee Resource Group or peer support system. Create a solid back-to-work plan for employees that promotes a healthy transition back to the office.
- Ensure at least one senior staff has up to date Mental Health First Aid training.
MentalHealthWorks.ca – Capacity-building workshops for employers and employees on mental health topics.
The Working Mind – MHCC online course for managers
Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment – PsychologicallySafeLeader.com
Healthy Minds @ Work – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Statistics Canada (2020). A profile of Canadians with mental health disabilities.
Statistics Canada (2019). Infographic: Mental health-related disabilities in Canada, 2017.
Government of Canada (2016). Psychological Health in the Workplace.