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Agencies & Web-based Resources

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Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Safety and Health

(Lead Developer: Dr. Samra)

A comprehensive set of web-based resources that can help employers assess for and target psychosocial risk factors in the workplace. Includes written resources on the business, health and legal case for addressing psychological health in the workplace. Website includes employee surveys, organizational audits, as well as evidence-based action strategies/worksheets that can help employers develop a targeted strategy to assess for and respond to work environment factors that impact the psychological health of employees.

Psychologically Safe Leader

(Lead Developer: Dr. Samra)

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA) helps leaders assess and address their skills related to psychological health and safety. It draws on evidence showing that employees who work for psychologically safe leaders are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological well-being. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) acknowledges the need for organizations to ensure that those in leadership roles have the training and skills to “prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of workers, and address problems related to psychological health and safety.” It also states that the organization should establish and sustain processes to assess and address leaders for this competency. The PSLA correlates to the broader psychosocial factors described in the Standard. The five core domains included in the PSLA are those within the influence and control of individual leaders: 1) Communication & Collaboration; 2) Social Intelligence; 3) Problem Solving & Conflict Management; 4) Security & Safety; and, 5) Fairness & Integrity.

Managing Emotions

(Lead Developer: Dr. Samra)

Managing Emotions helps managers and leaders assess and address their skills related to emotional intelligence (EI). The resources include an Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment to see your unique areas of strength and areas for improvement; a series of Video Modules which are interactive and address elements of each of the four EI skills areas; and approximately 100 reflection and action-oriented Exercises which can help managers work more effectively with distressed or emotional employees. The 4 core domains addressed in Managing Emotions are: 1) Dealing with Other People’s Negative Emotions & Reactions; 2) Understanding Your Reactions; 3) Managing Your Reactions; 4) Communicating Effectively.

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Workplace Resources

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy. One of the priority areas the MHCC has identified pertains to the Workplace; to this end, the MHCC has a range of resources and reports that can support employees and organizations with an interest in workplace mental health.

Mental Health Works

A number of workplace mental health resources are available, including information for employees on: talking to your employer; talking to co-workers; workplace accommodations; employee rights and responsibilities; legal concerns; and employment supports.

Not Myself Today

Not Myself Today is an evidence-based, solution to help employers transform mental health at work. It helps organizations increase greater awareness, reduce stigma, and instil safe and supportive cultures.

Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association. The Partnership works with businesses to ensure that employees and their families living with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive effective care. The website includes information on a range of practical employer practices in the area of workplace mental health, by type of program (e.g., awards and recognition; disability/case management; disease management; health plans; wellness).

The Mindful Employer

Mindful Employer Canada is a non-profit that recognizes employers, union reps, and managers across Canada striving to support employees with mental health issues. It allows employers to demonstrate their commitment to employee and workplace mental health.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is a website of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace that provides free information, tools and resources to employers and organizations who recognize the importance of a psychologically healthy workplace and/or are looking to make improvements.

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