As an employer, it’s important to recognize how mental health and workplace environments impact each other. It makes good business sense to do what you can to protect and promote the psychological health of your workers.
Follow the links below for information on various topics related to employee mental health and the mental health services that are available to help when needed.
- Think Mental Health provides business owners with the resources needed to better understand and prevent mental health problems.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health provides credible and evidence-based tools and resources to help with the prevention, support
andmanagement of workplace mental health issues.
- Guarding Minds at Work offers resources designed to assess, protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace.
- Mental Health Works provides a variety of capacity building workshops and resources on workplace mental health.
- Healthy Minds @ Work offers information and resources to employers and employees on various topics related to workplace mental health.
- Psychological health and safety in the workplace – prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation (Canadian Standards Association, 2013)
outlinesthe Standard, its voluntary guidelines, tools andresources on promoting psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.
- Assembling the pieces – an implementation guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (Canadian Standards Association, 2014) is a step-by-step guide for implementing the Standard.
- Psychological Health and Safety Management System
providesbackground and resources to support organizations in implementing a management system for assessing how policies, processes andinteractions in the workplace could impact the psychological health and safety of employees.
- Have That Talk for Workplaces offers a video series highlighting the thirteen factors in the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Each video has a facilitator's guide to help get the conversation started.
- Mental Health Commission of Canada provides promising practices for implementing the Standard, testimonials, case study research project findings and implementation resources.
- Ten best practices for implementing the National Standard by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
- StressAssess Workplace Edition is an online survey tool designed for workers and managers who are interested in assessing psychosocial hazards in the workplace, to anonymously, collectively and confidently identify issues.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health considers the costs of a psychologically unsafe workplace, the legal trends, statistics and more.
- The Health Case by Mental Health Works discusses mental illness as everyone’s concern, contradictions between staff and management, dealing with stigma and more. See also how Good Health is linked to Good Business.
- Guarding Minds at Work examines how compromised employee psychological health can have a range of negative effects on organizations, the positive impacts of a psychologically healthy and safe workforce and other ideas for building a business case.
- Think Mental Health lists the many ways that a business’s bottom line is affected by the mental health of staff and offers The legal case for investing in workplace mental health.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health:
- Mindful Employer Canada includes three main components: the Mindful Employer In-House program to help build capacity to effectively resolve issues that impact workplace mental health within an organization; the Mindful Employer Charter which is a public commitment to supporting workplace mental health; and the Mindful Manager which can improve competency in addressing workplace mental health issues effectively.
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Mental Health Works workshops
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health provides an overview of the legal duty to accommodate and provides ideas and strategies.
- Mental Health Works:
- The Ontario Human Rights Commission explains the Ontario Human Rights Code and employers’ duty to accommodate
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health articles on various ways to support employees:
- Addressing substance misuse in the workplace:
- When an employee has a substance-related problem by Mental Health Works.
- Substance Use in the Workplace by
CanadianCentre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Encourage work/life balance with tips from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
- Begin the conversation to build awareness and address stigma by Think Mental Health
- Framework to help eliminate stigma by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
- The Working Mind education program offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Strategies for unions by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
- Canadian Mental Health Association offers workshops and training that provide information and education on mental health, mental illness
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. MHFA training is offered through certified instructors.
- Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) offers information and education training sessions on mental health issues.
- Thunder Bay Counselling Centre offers corporate training and workshops which are available to employers to assist employee groups in building skills, increasing awareness and knowledge about issues that affect all aspects of our lives.
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) helps organizations build organizational readiness and improve psychological health and safety in the workplace — providing direction, managing risk, and helping lay the groundwork for improved mental health. WSPS offers three ways to help:
- Mental Health in the Workplace: Working with the National Standard workshop series helps organizations move from awareness to readiness, enabling workplaces to implement strategies to improve psychological health and safety.
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a 2-day classroom-based, instructor-led training course aimed at training employees to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and provide initial help.
- National Standard Consulting Services on needs assessments addressing workplace factors that impact mental health, gap analysis on meeting the National Standard, and mental health/National Standard program development, training and implementation.
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
- 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 Centre 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 healthcare services 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.
- Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programs, creative outlets and a community that cares. It offers anonymous peer support; 24/7 moderation by clinically trained 'Wall Guides'; self-guided courses; self-improvement tools and resources; and a safe space to express yourself without judgment.
- 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 webchat requests 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 a wide range of holistic healing services to Aboriginal women and children in the community. The team provides
counsellingservices to women who are victims of abuse, through individual and group programming.
- Catholic Family Development Centre is a non-denominational family service agency dedicated to strengthening and empowering families and individuals through group programs, individual, couple and family
counselling, e-counsellingand parenting programs.
- Dilico Anishnawbek Family Care offers a range of mental health and addictions services to adult clients in the city and district of Thunder Bay.
- Joseph Esquega Health Centre offers comprehensive health care programs including mental health care.
- Lakehead University Student Health and Counseling Centre offers primary health and mental health care to Lakehead University students.
- NorWest Community Health Centres
offers counsellingservices 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 andsituational 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.
- 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
For Further Information
Call the Healthy Living Program at (807) 625-5900
or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630