SUMMARY: As a small business owner, addressing psychological health and safety or employee mental health concerns may seem time consuming and outside your expertise or role. Not addressing these issues can have an impact on productivity and customer satisfaction. These resources will help you address issues more effectively.

Address workplace issues

This is a good place to start. It provides a framework to identify issues and help you approach an employee who may be experiencing a mental health problem.
Identifying the Issues
Developing a Workplace Plan

Once you have read Workplace Solutions, you can go on to review additional information relevant to:
Return to Work

Increase mental health awareness

Supporting employees with mental health issues can be stressful. The following information and strategies can help you respond and resolve issues more effectively.

A video-based resource featuring employees with mental health pressures talking about how they coped, and what they did to reclaim well-being.

Sign up to receive free weekly emails that include links to a Working Through It video or document that can be forwarded to staff to increase mental health awareness.

Suggested wording to sensitively recommend Working Through It to someone who appears to be struggling with a mental health concern.

Using break time to improve mental health can have a positive effect on wellness and productivity. TakeYourBreak provides a new idea each week. Encourage employees to do activities on their own or as part of a team.

Health and Wellness Resources

This may be a good place to start for basic information about mental illnesses and approaches to wellness.

Approaches to Wellness
Depression, Anxiety and Other Conditions
Exercises for Stress Reduction & Deep Relaxation
Mental Health Apps
Self-Assessment Tools
Significant Life Stressors

Improve psychological health and safety

Use this series of presentations to facilitate discussions related to improving psychological health and safety with your team.

Assess your organization’s leadership approaches as they relate to the requirements of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and evidence showing that employees who work for psychologically safe leaders are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological well-being.

A Certified Human Resources Professional provides suggestions to help minimize the psychological risk to various workplace stakeholders during the termination of an employee.