Good mental health is important to functioning well at work and outside of work too.
Follow the links below for resources on how the workplace can impact mental health, how to protect your mental health at work, and the mental health services that are available to help.
- Mental Health Works by the Canadian Mental Health Association provides information and resources on various topics related to employee mental health.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
- Is the workplace a factor in developing mental health problems? by Think Mental Health
- Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is an online course which will assist employees to understand the 13 factors that influence psychosocial health and safety in the workplace.
The assessment tools listed below and the information provided within them will not be a substitute for medical advice. If you feel that you need advice, please talk to a qualified healthcare professional.
- Canadian Mental Health Association tools:
- Mental Health Meter will help you to understand the characteristics that make up good mental health and to determine your mental fitness.
- What’s Your Stress Index? will help you find out your stress level.
- Work-life Balance Quiz assesses your own personal work-life balance.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health tools:
- What's Going On? asks questions to help you get a picture of what's going on with you.
- What Are You Feeling? can help identify the most common signs and symptoms of mood disorders.
- Check Up from the Neck Up by the Mood Disorders of Canada is designed to raise awareness about mood disorders and connect people with resources to get help if they need it.
- StressAssess - Personal Edition Questionnaire by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers provides ideas to improve psychological health and safety in your workplace and compares your results with national averages.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health:
- Supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness by Here to Help
- Explaining mental health problems to coworkers by Mental Health Works
- Mental Health Works:
- Mental Health in the Workplace: An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff
- What are mental health accommodations?
- Accommodation rights and responsibilities
- What is the duty to accommodate?
- What is reasonable accommodation?
- Explaining accommodations to the other employees
- What if an accommodation is not working?
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health:
- The Ontario Human Rights Commission explains accommodation in the Human Rights and Mental Health fact
sheet andthe Disability and Human Rights brochure.
- Canadian Human Rights Commission:
- Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Mental Health Guide for Employees
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health:
- Stress Strategies provides a variety of research-backed stress management strategies, shares
real lifestories of how people used these strategies to manage their stress more effectively, and offers guidance through questions to help make use of them, as well as a personalized stress management plan.
- Work/life balance tips from the Canadian Mental Health Association
See also: TBDHU's Mental Health Support page for additional resources.
Mental health crisis? Options for getting help.
- Call 911.
- Go to the nearest emergency room.
- Call Crisis Response in Thunder Bay: 807-346-8282
- District of Thunder Bay: 1-888-269-3100
- TTY: 1-888-269-3100
- Visit wellnesstogether.ca - I need help now
- Crisis Response Services offers mobile crisis response, crisis support residence, and 24/7 telephone services to both youth and adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis. All ages are eligible.
Thunder Bay: 807-346-8282
District of Thunder Bay: 1-888-269-3100
- Thunder Bay Counselling provides specific
counsellingservices at no or low cost. The walk-in counsellingclinic provides immediate counsellingservices to individuals, couples and families on a first come, first served basis. It’s offered in partnership with Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Mental Health Program provides acute care adult mental health services
including:emergency services; short-term inpatient assessment; assessment, stabilization and short-term inpatient treatment; discharge planning; outpatient services; and, consultation, education, coordination, and integration with other healthcareservices including with primary care providers.
- North of Superior Counselling Programs is a non-profit, community based mental health and addictions agency committed to supporting healthy communities in the North of Superior District. It provides a full range of culturally responsive
counsellingand wellness programs to assist individuals and families.
- BounceBack: Reclaim your health is a free program designed to help adults and youth aged 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It can help build skills to manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking and become more active and assertive.
- ConnexOntario operates three helplines that provide health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol and mental illness. Helpful, supportive information and referral specialists answer all calls, emails or
webchatrequests 24/7. The service is free and confidential.
- Drug and Alcohol Helpline 1-800-565-8603
- Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600
- Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-888-230-3505
- Alpha Court walk-in services: An on-call worker is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (first come, first serve basis) to provide information and resources on mental health and addiction services, assist with completing the "Request for Services" form, assist with appropriate referrals, and connect with Alpha Court’s Day Centre
- Anishnawbe Mushkiki provides its clients with services related to situational issues including day-to-day challenges and addictions, relationships, anxiety, depression, and trauma through one-on-one
counselling, peer support groups, and workshops.
- Beendigen provides shelter, telephone counselling and crisis support to women who are victims of abuse.
- Dilico Anishnabek Family Care offers a range of mental health and addictions services to adult clients in the city and district of Thunder Bay.
- Hospice Northwest offers grief and bereavement services at no charge.
- Lakehead Student Health and Counselling offers primary health and mental health care to Lakehead University students.
- NorWest Community Health Centres offers counselling services at the Thunder Bay Site and through Telemedicine Services at both Longlac and Armstrong Sites. Areas of focus are on emotional and mental health related to anxiety, depression, trauma and situational issues. Collaborative Care Model with primary care providers and referrals to community services and programs are available.
- Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) provides mental health intake, screening, assessment, and treatment services; assists families to cope with their child’s mental health needs; offers information and education training sessions on mental health issues; uses contemporary and traditional interventions; provides access to additional resources if needed.
- Ontario Mental Health Supports for Health Care Workers lists resources for health care professionals.
- Ontario Mental Health Supports for Farmers lists resources to help farmers and their families mitigate stress.
- Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program provides adults with depression and anxiety-related conditions access to publicly funded, evidence-based, short-term, cognitive-behavioural therapy and related services to help manage their conditions. These services include guided self-help resources supported by a coach or therapist, and cognitive-behavioural therapy in the form of one-on-one or group sessions, either in-person or virtually.
- Our Kids Count provides short-term counselling to individuals, couples, families and children and occasional group counselling on a variety of topics. Arrangements can be made for childcare during appointments. All counselling is free.
- P.A.C.E. (People Advocating for Change through Empowerment Inc.) provides person-centered services to consumer/survivors with mental health lived experience.
- St. Joseph’s Care Group Mental Health and Addictions Services provides treatment for individuals whose needs are best met with services available from a broad range of clinical disciplines; promotes community integration, quality of life, meaningful outcomes in life and recovery; provides comprehensive individualized care which includes assessment, treatment and follow up care
- Talk 4 Healing offers culturally appropriate, free and confidential telephone
counsellingservices to Aboriginal women at 1-855-554-HEAL
- Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre’s Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness Program (IMHWP) provides holistic and culturally-informed mental health and wellness support and programming. This program provides trauma-informed and strengths-based cultural approaches that address community- based mental health and wellbeing concerns for indigenous individuals 16 and older.
- TogetherAll is an online peer to peer support community for mental health.
- Wellness Together Canada - provides free resources for mental health and substance use support to Canadians. It is designed to be used on demand: you get to choose what you need, when you need it. Services range from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counsellor, to participating in a community of support.
For Further Information
Call the Healthy Living Program at (807) 625-5900
or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630