On January 25th, 2017, Bell Let’s Talk Day marked the largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, focusing on fighting stigma, supporting mental health research, and improving access to care while ensuring psychological health and safety in the workplace. On this 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians responded in record numbers totaling 131,705,010 interactions across social media platforms (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.). Bell donated an additional 5 cents for each long distance and mobile call, text, tweet, and Facebook share recorded, resulting in $6,585,250 raised towards mental health initiatives and groups in Canada e.g. Embrace Life Council, Strongest Families Institute, St. John Ambulance (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.).
The workplace can play an integral part in maintaining positive mental health. Yet, it can also be a stressful environment, contributing to the rise of mental health problems and illness. Recently, an article was posted on CBC News regarding stigma around mental illness in the workplace. Stigma – negative attitudes and the behaviours they create – can prevent many employers from understanding how to address mental health issues in the workplace (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2015).
This article recently published in the Globe and Mail caught our interest, and as we were reading we couldn't help but relate the tips on treating employees as humans to employee mental health. The tips in this article are simple, concrete and clear and we encourage you to have a read though of them here.
We noticed that many of the tips relate to elements of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.