The Working Mind – Addressing Workplace Mental Health & Wellness

The Health Care Human Resource Sector Council now offers The Working Mind Program – Addressing Workplace Mental Health and Wellness.

Workplace mental health is fast becoming one of the highest priority concerns among Canadian employers.  Quick facts provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety tell us that:

  • 1 in 5 people experience a psychological health problem or issue in any given year.
  • Psychological health problems and illnesses are the #1 cause of disability in Canada.
  • Psychological health problems cost the Canadian economy over $51 billion per year ($20 billion results from work-related causes).
  • 47% of working Canadians consider their work to be the most stressful part of daily life.
  • Only 23% of Canadian workers would feel comfortable talking to their employer about a psychological health issue.
  • Psychological health problems affect mid-career workers the most, lowering the productivity of the Canadian workforce.

In Nova Scotia, there are over 79,000 workers in the health and community services sectors.  Through consultation, work place mental health was identified by the Council as a priority for the sectors.

To address this, the Health Care Human Resource Sector Council, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association, took part in The Working Mind Train the Trainer program delivered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Seven individuals representing the health and community care sectors participated in the five-day facilitator training.

As a result, the Council is pleased to have this training available for our industry based on the Mental Health Continuum Model on which The Working Mind program is centered.

We offer The Working Mind program for supervisors (full day workshop) and for workers (half day workshop).  It is an evidence-based program designed to:

  • Reduce the stigma of mental illness
  • Increase awareness of mental health
  • Offer resources to maintain positive mental health and
  • Increase resiliency

The overarching goals of the program are to:

  • support the mental health and well being of employees
  • enable the full productivity of employees
  • ensure the workplace is respectful and inclusive of all employees including those with mental health problems and mental illnesses
  • encourage employees to seek help for mental health problems and mental illnesses

Information on workplace mental health and wellness, including the full report on The Working Mind program is available by visiting:  mentalhealthcommission.ca

To learn more about this program or to schedule The Working Mind training for your workplace, please contact Janet Everest, Executive Director Health Care Human Resource Sector Council by email Everest@hcsc.ca or telephone 902 461-0871.