Why mental health matters
Healthcare workers face significant on-the-job pressures and heavy workloads. Your careers come with unique rewards and equally unique risks: you are 1.5 times more likely to miss work due to illness or disability than in all other sectors. You are also the first point of contact for those seeking help for a mental health problem or illness. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do without specific training.
Healthcare organizations are also realizing that great patient care starts with a mentally healthy workforce. A psychologically safe workplace promotes a positive culture, prevents stigma and discrimination, and contributes to a productive working environment.
How the Mental Health Commission of Canada can help you
The MHCC offers many tools and resources to support healthcare providers and supporting organizational change.
- Mental Health First Aid: trains individuals to recognize and intervene when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis until professional help can be engaged. [link]
- A free online course, Understanding Stigma, raises awareness about the impacts of stigma and how to challenge it.
- An online accredited suicide prevention module helps physicians and nurses better understand those groups at greater risk of suicide and how to intervene by building trust with patients.
- The Recovery Guidelines is a comprehensive Canadian reference document to help healthcare providers embed a recovery focus and consistently apply recovery principles.
- Food for Thought: A Youth Perspective on Recovery-Oriented Practice is a light-hearted animated video produced by the MHCC’s Youth Council, designed to provoke a thoughtful discussion among healthcare providers around how to work more collaboratively with youth.
- The MHCC is fostering a cultural shift in healthcare organizations with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a voluntary set of guidelines, tools, and resources that offer a blueprint for promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.
- The By Health for Health Collaborative of Canada, led in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and HealthCareCAN, has a vision for healthcare workplaces to be leaders and role models in providing psychologically healthy and safe work environments for all Canadians. Join us in working towards this vision and sign the Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety.