Get Real Photovoice: Mental Health at Work Matters

Mental Health in the Workplace matters

In the summer of 2017, the Superior Mental Wellness @ Work project asked the community to portray their mental health at work through creative photography.

REAL images and stories were submitted by REAL people who bravely and honestly answered two questions:

  • How do you really feel at work?
  • How do you take care of your mental health at work?

Check out some of the entries we received in the video below.

Our goal is to spark conversation about mental health at work and inspire positive change towards healthy workplaces for everyone.

 

Reserve the Exhibit

The Get Real photovoice campaign has been developed into a mobile art exhibit that will tour through worksites in Thunder Bay and District. Click below to bring the exhibit to your workplace:

Request the Exhibit

 

What can you do to support mental health at work?

Lead Positive Change

  • Learn more about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Have zero tolerance for disrespectful behaviours
  • Ensure staff is clear about what is expected of them and how their work contributes to the organization
  • Provide opportunities for staff to develop their skills
  • Support employees that come forward with concerns
  • Encourage and listen to staff ideas
  • Be flexible with work schedules
  • Make consistent and fair decisions
  • Celebrate achievements and recognize staff commitment
  • Ensure employees have the resources they need to do their job well
  • Promote healthy choices and encourage breaks
  • Encourage staff to work safely and to report any hazards in the work environment.

 

Take Care of Yourself

  • Take regular breaks. Walking outside in the fresh air can be very helpful.
  • Keep stress under control. Learn relaxation and deep breathing techniques.
  • Maintain healthy work/life balance
  • Eat well, be active, drink water and get enough sleep
  • If you are having trouble coping, talk to someone you trust. Get help from a health professional if you need it. There is no shame in asking for help.

 

Support Your Coworkers

  • If a co-worker seems troubled, let them know you are there for support.
  • Listen without giving advice; ask what you can do to help.
  • Encourage them to take breaks.
  • Support them to get professional help, if needed.

 

Resources

Key workplace mental health promotion resources:

Helpful mental health services nearby:

For a full list of workplace mental health promotion resources and services, download the Promoting Mental Wellness at Work Inventory of Resources (PDF)

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 911, go to the nearest emergency department or call the Crisis Response Hotline (807) 346-8282 or 1-888-269-3100 in the Thunder Bay District.

 

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For Further Information

Call the Healthy Living Program at (807) 625-5900

or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 19/10/2017