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2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. To celebrate, we’ll be looking at the advancements we’ve seen in workplace mental health over the past decade and honouring those that have helped us to make a difference along the way.

Check out the monthly videos that will feature some amazing individuals talking about how workplace mental health has evolved and articles that will chronicle where we’ve been and where we need to go in the next 10 years of this incredible journey.

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Director, Workplace Health, Wellness and Safety Research, Conference Board of Canada.
President, Marie Mac Donald Consulting.
Director, Talent Acquisition and Organizational Health at NAV Canada.
National Healthy and Safety Director, Unifor.
Founder, CAST Canada.
Work Re-Integration, Accommodation and Wellbeing Coordinator, UBC Okanagan.
RN, Occupational Health and Safety, University of Waterloo.
Vice President of Research and Integrative Solutions, Morneau Shepell.
Psychologist and researcher on MHCC Case Study Research Project and Guarding Minds @ Work.
Psychologist and researcher on MHCC Research Project and Guarding Minds @ Work.
Founder of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health and Chairman of Mental Health International.
National Manager, Mindful Employer Canada.
Olympian and Mental Health Advocate.
Olympian, inspirational speaker and author.
Former Executive Director, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.
National Director, Workplace Mental Health Program, Canadian Mental Health Association.
Director, Community Engagement, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division.
Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Research, Evaluation & Knowledge Translation, Mental Health Commission of Canada.
President, Well-Advised Consulting Inc.
Strategy Advisor, Organizational Health Initiatives, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
Vice President, Marketing, Membership and Professional Development, Human Resources Professional Association.
Lead researcher on the Evolution of Workplace Mental Health, psychologist, researcher on Guarding Minds @ Work, media consultant and expert.
Occupational Health Physician and former Chair of the Workforce Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Principal, Neighbour at Work and Academic lawyer who speaks about the legal and business reasons to support a more “careful workplace”.
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In Canada, more and more workplaces are realizing the value and benefits of offering mental health peer support to their employees.
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In 2008, Dr. Anthony Levitt, Chief, Brain Sciences Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre received an award for his work in the field of treating mental illness.
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There was hesitation among some union leaders when the topic of a national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace was first discussed.
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Business conferences have been around for many decades. Their focus was often on increasing sales or productivity. Keynotes about closing sales, marketing a product or service, or motivating employees were common.
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Many of those who have been along for the journey over the past decade have weighed in with their perspectives about the evolution of workplace mental health in Canada.
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Do you remember those scenes in movies where a student was reduced to a quivering mess after being humiliated by a harsh professor?
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Many of us would agree that our workdays are already full enough with deadlines, pressures and demands. Who really wants to take time to talk to researchers?
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Since it was established in 2007, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre) has been focused on supporting research and reviewing best and promising practices.
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As we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year, we reflect on the Government of Canada's involvement in workplace mental health over the last 10 years.
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Most people are a hero to someone. It may just be their own children or friends, but every life is worth preserving and protecting. Let's all vow to protect all the heroes in our workplaces, no matter what their role may be.
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Talking for the most part doesn't cost us anything. But for some who shared their personal stories of mental illness - there were potential costs to consider.
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Great-West Life and its exceptional people have demonstrated over and over again that this is not about making a business case. It is truly about a passion for employees everywhere.
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What if we all talked about positive mental health in our workplaces so much that it became part of everyday conversation and influenced how we supported each other at work?
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There was a time when newspaper, radio and television coverage in Canada usually mentioned mental health only when there was a tragedy involving someone with a serious, untreated mental illness.
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One of the most significant accomplishments of the Centre was its role in helping to bring together stakeholders and visionaries at a Consensus Conference in 2009. The meeting was held in Vancouver, to formally discuss the idea for a standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace.
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The findings of two research studies, commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and released earlier this year, provide clear evidence that the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is making a significant difference in organizations at various stages of its adoption.
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Workplaces are about people. And building connections between people at work is one way to help address and reduce a variety of issues, including stigma.
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Throughout the past decade, occupational health professionals - a broad field that includes physicians, nurses, health and safety professionals, and occupational therapists - have helped to inform, shape and advance workplace mental health.
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Many not-for-profits have helped to raise awareness of workplace mental health as a worthy cause.
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Looking back at how organizations address mental health issues in Canadian workplaces over the past decade and beyond has been the focus of research by Dr. Joti Samra and her team.
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People from countries like Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. and others are asking how Canada has come so far in advancing psychological health and safety in workplaces over the last 10 years.
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The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) has been downloaded well over 30,000 times since it was launched in 2013.