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MHCC Launches Workplace Mental Health Guide

Update Date: Apr 28, 2012 07:29 PM EDT

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has launched a new guide, Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers, for Canadian employers and human resources personnel to improve psychological health of employees.

The Action Guide provides a series of steps and 24 actions accessible to all Canadian employers regardless of size, sector or location. 

"The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and our partners who are working to promote mental health in Canada recognize the critical role our workplaces play in the psychological health of Canadians," says Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO.

Mental health problems are the leading cause of both short and long-term disabilities in Canada, with the economic cost estimated to be $51 billion, including almost $20 billion from workplace losses.

"Psychological health concerns have an expanding impact on the safety, productivity and effectiveness of the workplace," says Merv Gilbert, PhD from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction at Simon Fraser University, who co-authored the guide with Dan Bilsker, PhD, with support from MHCC's Workforce Advisory Committee. University.

The Action Guide will also inform the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a voluntary standard for workplace mental health to be released later this year by the MHCC in collaboration with the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and the CSA Standards.

The Guide was launched at an Employee Assistance Society of North America Institute in Calgary, Alberta.

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