workplace mental health

Occupational therapy in workplace mental health

Occupational therapy in workplace mental health

One of our committee objectives last year was to create resources to help explain what occupational therapists can do to support workplace mental health. We created two fact sheets- one for the public, and one for employers or insurance companies.

Workplace Absences Due to Mental Health Issues: An Update

Workplace Absences Due to Mental Health Issues: An Update

The numbers are in from a new poll conducted in April that details Canadian's experiences with mental health issues and how they impacted their lives, especially work. The main findings certainly do indicate that a large number of Canadians are dealing with mental illness and it is affecting their lives. The results include these staggering stats....

Humour Heals: An Innovative Mental Health Campaign

Humour Heals: An Innovative Mental Health Campaign

Inspired by mental illness and the workplace, Canadian illustrator Harrison Wheeler, a former vice principal and mental health advocate aims to create transformative artwork based on his lived experiences with bipolar disorder and addictions. From overcoming 10+ years in recovery, Wheeler attributes his creative spirit as a driving force for self-actualization, which led him to surpass the mental, physical, and spiritual adversities present in his life.

Workplace Resources

Workplace Resources

The rise of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace due to mental health concerns is on the rise. Last week, the Montreal Gazette reported on the $412 Million paid by taxpayers for medical leaves in the Quebec Health network in 2014-2015. They go on to indicate that the majority of claims were reportedly due to employee burnout and mental health concerns. ... read on to find out how we can start to prevent this! 

Workplace Mental Health Video Series

Workplace Mental Health Video Series

This just in! The Mental Health Commission of Canada has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to launch a free animated video series for both employees and employers on psychological health and safety in the workplace. This may be of interest to you as it has been documented that 70% of working Canadians report concerns about their psychological health and safety while on the job (Mental Health Commission of Canada, n.d.) ...

Workplace Mental Health Resources

Workplace Mental Health Resources

Employee assistance programs, wellness benefits, and team building activities - three common workplace supports that help support employee mental health.

What is offered at your workplace? Are you aware of the resources available to you?

Healthy Workplace Challenge

Healthy Workplace Challenge

During the spring time, healthy eating and fitness are often hot topics even in workplaces. Since workplaces are where you spend most of your waking hours, they are the great places to start taking the steps to your healthier lifestyle. As such, I propose a healthy workplace challenge for your workplace. Let the sunny days fuel your motivation to make a healthy lifestyle changes as a team! Ask your colleagues if they are interested in a healthy workplace challenge and make a commitment to start today!