What is the issue?
Regardless of profession or sector, protection and promotion of mental health in the workplace is imperative. However, healthcare settings can be particularly challenging environments. Healthcare workers are 1.5 times more likely to be off work due to illness or disability than people in all other sectors (Casselman 2013, June 18). Chronic stress and burnout are common, and many health workers report a wide range of health conditions related to work-related stress including depression, anxiety, weight gain, substance abuse and even suicide (Canadian Medical Association 2010).
While the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is applicable to all industries, it has a unique role within healthcare. Not only is it the right thing to do, protecting and promoting psychological health and safety in your workplace can:
- Reduce healthcare costs
- Reduce absenteeism and turnover
- Enhance organization’s reputation
- Improve recruitment and retention
- Boost productivity
- Improve morale and relationships
- Reduce medical errors
- Improve patient satisfaction
What are we doing?
Psychological health and safety in Canadian healthcare settings is a shared priority between the Mental Health Commission of Canada and our partners at HealthCareCAN. Since the launch of the Standard, both organizations have been working together to host a series of roundtables and conduct research to engage the health sector on advancing psychological health and safety in the workplace. With MHCC’s support HealthCareCAN’s policy position strongly encourages all health system stakeholders to implement the Standard.
In 2016, the By Health, For Health Collaborative was created, comprised of healthcare leaders representing over 20organizations from across Canada committed to advancing psychological health and safety. In partnership with MHCC and HealthCareCAN, this Collaborative has developed a 2 year action plan aiming to advance psychological health and safety within the healthcare industry through mentoring and knowledge exchange, developing tools and resources and system transformation.
Join the movement – be a leader in psychological health and safety.
The By Health for Health Collaborative of Canada 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 in Healthcare; a commitment to advancing the protection and promotion of mental health in the workplace. The Declaration is a public commitment from health organizations to show that they value the psychological health and safety of their staff and commit to taking action to improving their work environments.
Other Information and Resources:
- HealthCareCAN’s policy statement on Psychological Health and Safety in Canadian Healthcare Settings
- Issue Brief – Workplace Mental Health
- Implementing the National Standard in the Canadian Health Sector – A Cross-Case Analysis Commissioned by HealthCareCAN and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, April 2016
- A Winning Prescription brochure