The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in partnership with the CSA Group and Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, has released a comprehensive implementation guide to help Canadian employers fully adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
The handbook, entitled Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, is available at no cost on the MHCC website www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/standardguide.
Originally developed by the CSA Group and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and championed by the MHCC, the standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.
“Workplace mental health has a $51 billion economic impact on businesses across Canada as more than 30 per cent of disability claims, and 70 per cent of disability costs, are attributed to mental health problems and illness,” said Louise Bradley, MHCC’s president and CEO. “The first step is always the hardest, that’s why we are together offering a hands-on, easy to use guide to keeping workplaces healthy.”
Launched in January 2013, the standard is the first of its kind in the world, says MHCC. It has garnered considerable attention and uptake in Canada and internationally across all business sectors and sizes, as corporate leaders champion the need to focus on psychological health and safety in the workplace.
More than 21,000 copies of the national standard have been downloaded.