Employee Mental Health
The importance of supporting mental health in the workplace cannot be overstated. Employment gives people the opportunity to feel productive and can contribute to positive mental health. However, the workplace can also be a source of stress for many, which can contribute to the rise of mental illness. In Canada:
- Approximately 30% of disability claims are attributed to mental health problems.
- 70% of employees are concerned about the psychological health and safety of their workplace.
- 14% of employees do not think their workplace is healthy or safe.
- Mental health issues cost the economy $50 billion annually.
- Billiions of dollars are lost to employers each year due to employee mental health issues.*
* Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada
The following links provide information on accessing mental health services in Newfoundland and Labrador, and promoting a workplace that supports the mental health of employees:
Mental Health and Addictions Services offered through Eastern Health
Eastern Health provides a variety of in-person, telephone-based, and online services for help with mental health and additions issues. Many of these are accessible without a physician’s referral. For the complete list and contact information, click here.
Bridge the gApp
Bridge the gApp offers self-help resources, and online access to mental health services throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Bridge the gApp contains a specific section, Help at Work, for supporting mental wellness in the workplace.
Employee Assistance Programs
What is an EAP?
An employee assistance program (EAP) is an employee benefit program designed to assist employees who are experiencing personal and/or work-related problems. While the services offered by specific EAPs may differ, generally EAPs typically provide employees with confidential assessments, counseling, referrals to other professional services outside the EAP, and may work with managers within the company to help address employee issues, where appropriate.
Services offered in and EAP are free, confidential and can be of great value to an organization and its employees. If your organization has an EAP, this is an excellent place to start looking for assistance.
Click here for information about the EAP offered in the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.
Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
The CMHA has links to resources specific to supporting mental health in the workplace:
Not Myself Today: A workplace mental health initiative developed by the CMHA. Participating companies invest and receive activities, tools and to engage their workforce around this critical issue. Not Myself Today is evaluated annually and new features are introduced every year. Please not that Not Myself Today is not a free service.
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health: free, practical tools and resources designed to help Canadian employers with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues.
The Takeaways Toolkit: Offering best practices and activities, The Takeaways Toolkit is a set of resources that employers can use to apply the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
The MHCC provides a list of resources designed to support mental health in the workplace.
St. John Ambulance
St. John Ambulance offers a course in Mental Health First Aid designed to teach participants how to recognize and help people who are displaying signs of mental health problems, or who are experiencing a mental health crisis.