Ensuring good psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians. Find out more about the Standard here.
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National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard)
Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.
The Issue - Did You Know?
- On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness
- More than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness.
- Approximately $51 billion each year are lost to the Canadian economy because of mental illness.
Simply Good Business
Mental health in the workplace is an issue that impacts all workplaces and can no longer be ignored. Keeping the workforce healthy and productive is simply smart business and good for the bottom line.
Adopting the Standard Can Help Your Organization With:
- Financial performance
- Risk management
- Organizational recruitment
- Employee retention
The Standard does not discount the value of the work that organizations are already undertaking to guard PH&S of their employees, but instead provides a comprehensive framework within which to direct current and future efforts that provide the best return on investment.
Celebrating One-Year of the Standard
The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is the first of its kind in the world. Launched in January 2013, it has already garnered much attention and uptake from coast to coast, internationally, and across all sectors and sizes as leaders champion the need to focus on PH&S in the workplace.
“It’s time to start thinking about mental wellbeing in the same way as we consider physical wellbeing, and the Standard offers the framework needed to help make this happen in the workplace.”
– Louise Bradley, President & CEO, MHCC
WATCH - Advancing Mental Health in the Workplace: National Standard One Year Later:
Louise Bradley, President & CEO, MHCC, responds to media Q&A during the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety media conference. | watch video
Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress, speaks to a full house on importance of adopting the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace for Canadian organizations across all sizes and sectors. | watch video
George Cope, President and CEO, BCE and Bell Canada, discussing the Bell Canada's Let's Talk campaign during the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety media conference. | watch video
Comedian Mary Walsh provides her unique perspective on the issue of workplace mental health in this video supporting the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard for Physiological Health and Safety. | watch video
Also check out the press release for Jan 16 2014 event
Learn how champion organizations are promoting workplace wellness and improving PH&S in their workplace.
- University of Waterloo | watch video
- Toronto Eastern General Hospital | watch video
- GE Canada | watch video
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety | watch video
- University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus | watch video
- Join MHCC’s free monthly webinars at to hear from early adopters and experts about workplace mental health and implementing the Standard
- For those using the Standard, share your story and be showcased as a leader on the MHCC website
- Download the Action Guide for Employers, which provides employers with actions on how to improve psychological health and safety in the workplace
- Access an online version of the Audit Tool for the Standard
- Access the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit
- Check out the Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace for free tools and resources
- Learn about additional solutions for employers and supports for employees offered by Mental Health Works, a national program of the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Join Partners for Mental Health Not Myself Today campaign to access toolkits and activities that can be used in your organization to help educate and engage people around the issues of mental health
- Workers can use the Mental Injury Toolkit to learn about workplace stress and what to do about it.
- Guarding Minds @ Work provides free resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace.
- Receive a free presentation from Work With Us on addressing depression and/or arthritis in the workplace, featuring self-management tips and tools or become a workplace champion through a free training session.
- Supporting Employee Success: A Tool to Plan Accommodations that Support Success at Work
- Train employees in Mental Health First Aid so they can recognize emerging mental health problems or crises in themselves and their colleagues, and provide initial help. MHFA and the Standard fact sheet
- Learn more about how your organization can be awarded for excellence in the area of mental health with the Mental Health at Work award from Excellence Canada
- Get help with your Workplace Mental Health Action Plan
- NEW! The Standard resonates with public and private organizations, largely because the Standard aligns well with many already existing values and practices in the workplace. Learn more about what some Canadian employers have to say about psychological health and safety in the workplace, in a study funded by the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and University of Calgary.