WORKPLACE
MENTAL HEALTH

Workplace stress is a serious health and safety hazard that can have devastating effects. Workplace causes of workers’ mental distress need to be addressed. Primary prevention addresses the cause or source of the problem. Recognizing and managing workplace psychosocial factors can create a supportive/healthy workplace environment.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

October 10, 2021

Is Your Workplace Healthy?

COVID-19 and the Toll on Workers’ Mental Health

John Oudyk, OHCOW Occupational Hygienist discusses the results of the Public Health Agency of Canada survey, outlining some of the contributing risk factors to individuals mental health, and then ties in the missing link – workplace risk factors.

From the results of OHCOW’s Pandemic Response Surveys, John shows the effect that workplace protective measures have had on workers mental health throughout the pandemic and highlights how the role of meeting workers COVID protection needs can minimize the impact of the pandemic on workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

MENTAL HEALTH in the WORKPLACE

“So much more than exercising, meditating and going to bed early.”

Burnout is no longer an acceptable outcome for meeting employer expectations.

Use the many resources below to assess and improve the psychosocial climate of your workplace and prevent worker mental injury:

MAYDAY, MAYDAY
Workplace Mental Health Series

Mayday, Mayday is an internationally recognized cry for help, and Mayday itself celebrates the contribution of workers the world over, both of which apply to the critically important subject of Workplace Mental Health, especially as we all strive to cope with the impact of the current global pandemic.

This five week series held annually in May, draws speakers from across Ontario and beyond to highlight and share solutions to Workplace Mental Health, Stress and Injury Prevention with consideration for both the new, and (hopefully soon) restored, “normal”.

Stay tuned for our MayDay MayDay 2022 session details and registration.

VIEW RESOURCES FROM PAST SESSIONS

“… there is a growing movement among researchers and practitioners in occupational health psychology to have a more integrated and comprehensive approach to workplace health. This approach aims to have a balance between prevention of illness at work and promotion of well-being and health by enhancement of strengths, resources and optimal functioning in the workplace.”

WORKING DURING A PANDEMIC

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES and TIPS

• Tips for workers on ways to cope with feelings of anxiety or stress during this difficult time
• Steps employers can take to minimize workplace stress
• Community connection information and related resources

PANDEMIC EXPERIENCE and IMPACT

The following two survey were conducted by OHCOW
during the COVID Pandemic:

Workers’ Experiences During a Pandemic
Healthcare Workers’ Experiences During a Pandemic

THE NUMBERS

While over half of Ontario workers report a good psychological health and safety climate at work, almost half experience offensive behaviours and almost a third are experiencing symptoms of burnout.

In response to a poll administered in 2019:

54%

of Ontario workers rated the psychological health and safety climate at work as “healthy/supportive” or “good” (9% rated it as “poor” or “toxic” – still a lot of workers!).

44.5%

of Ontario workers experienced one or more offensive behaviours (sexual harassment (12%), threats of violence (16%), physical violence (12%), bullying (29%) and/or discrimination (19%) at least a few times in the past year at work

30%

of Ontario workers responded that they experienced symptoms of burnout “all of the time” or “a large part of the time”.

STRESS ASSESS

A Survey of the Psychosocial Factors in Your Workplace

A free, evidence-based online survey tool designed to assist workplaces in identifying psychosocial hazards
that can lead to stress and mental injury.

Provides suggestions and pathways to address issues, and thus prevent harm.

Simple to Use   •   Fosters a Team Approach   •   Includes a Wizard* 

* supporting preparation, implementation and subsequent problem solving.

Workplace and Individual Editions Available

StressAssess Action Templates

These new templates are now available to help you prepare for and administer the survey in your workplace.

LEARN MORE

COMING SOON!

Canadian Survey Results and the Workplace Mental Health Toolkit

The following testimonials were taken for the 2021 MayDay, MayDay webinar entitled
Mental Injury Toolkit/StressAssess Solutions & Case Studies

 < Use the dots above to view more testimonials >

MENTAL INJURY TOOLKIT (MIT)

An Introduction and Action Guide Created by Workers for Workers

This 6-part Guide and Resource Toolkit provides workers with a basic understanding and place to start when learning about work-related stress.
It provides definitions, common causes of mental distress, legal frameworks*, possible actions to take, and resources.
* focusing on Ontario

Preventing Mental Harm in the Workplace
– A Reference Guide –

Cover image of the OHCOW Preventing Mental Harm in the Workplace guide

VIEW PDF

What are Psychosocial Hazards?

How to Organize a Survey

What To Do After the Survey?

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OHCOW SERVICES

OHCOW offers a variety of services that you or your workplace can utilize
in dealing with work-related injuries or illnesses.

From an information/inquiry service to ergonomic assessments to medical diagnostic services, and education and outreach programs
to group services and research services we are here to help.

We also offer advocate, health professional, self, and joint health and safety representative and committee referrals.

From Our Partners, et al.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Factsheets
eCourses
Posters & Infographics
Podcasts
Webinars

Government of Ontario

Mental health in the workplace
Find mental health support

International Websites

Healthy Work Campaign

COPSOQ International Network (Denmark)

People at Work (Australia)

Work Positive (Ireland)