Mental Health, Stress & Resiliency - WRW

Each year, many people are impacted  by mental illness. The workplace is an environment with an opportunity to make change in stigma around mental health concerns. Below you will find information on a few ways Capital Health is working towards creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

The Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for Employees and Physicians aims to address stigma in the workplace.

Four key areas of the strategy include:

  • Education and skills-building
  • Respect and support
  • Self-care and treatment
  • Workplace anti-stigma

The Standard

Capital Health is a case study organization with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to implement The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (The Standard). The Standard promotes good mental health and prevention of psychological harm for all staff within the organization.

Guarding Minds@ Work Survey

As part of implementing The Standard, Capital Health staff completed the Guarding Minds@ Work Survey in order for us to assess and address the 13 psychological factors within The Standard. Input from this survey will help identify strengths and weaknesses of the organization and to gather ideas for creating and implementing solutions. Guarding Minds @ Work was offered from September 2014 until February 2015, and the initial results are detailed in the overview report. Our aim is to examine and improve the psychological health and safety of our workplace.

The Working Mind

Also in collaboration with MHCC, Capital Health has trained people to become facilitators of The Working Mind program. The intent of this program is to provide leaders and employees in the workplace with a deeper understanding of mental health problems and a helpful frame of reference to adequately intervene. The Working Mind is available to both leaders and employees. Search the LMS catalogue for The Working Mind for Leaders or The Working Mind for Employees.

In keeping with the topic of anti-stigma, we would also like to share a new music video produced by our colleagues in the Guysborough, Antigonish and Strait area for an original song called When I Climb Out.

Stress & Resiliency

Stress can be present in our everyday environment, including the workplace. There is positive stress and negative stress. It is the negative stress, that when excessive, can contribute to health problems.

Resources 

For more information, please contact:
Laura Smith, Workplace Health Promotion Coordinator
Tel: 902-473-3328
lauraM.smith@nshealth.ca