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Ontario to host roundtable on workplace mental health

By COS staff
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Ontario is hosting a roundtable aimed at helping workers who suffer from job-related post-traumatic mental stress.

The roundtable will be led by a facilitator and will bring together representatives from high-risk sectors, such as police, emergency medical services and transit services, where workers  may, as a result of their job, be at risk of developing a traumatic mental stress injury — such as post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Ministry of Labour.

The roundtable will focus on:

Finding the best ways to promote awareness, education and training initiatives.

   

Identifying and sharing approaches and best practices to deal with post-traumatic mental stress in the workplace through prevention, early diagnosis and intervention.

With one in five Canadians being affected by mental illness every year, the government's roundtable on job-related traumatic mental stress will help promote healthier, more productive workplaces across Ontario, the ministry said.

Traumatic mental stress is a compensable injury under Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board allowed 677 claims for traumatic mental stress in 2011 — an increase of 200 since 2007.

   

Canada's first ever standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace is expected to launch in November. The standard was developed jointly by the Canadian Standards Association, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and  Quebec-based standards body Bureau de normalisation du Québec are expected to launch .

Mental illness accounts for about 30 per cent of short-term and long-term disability claims.

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