SUMMARY: Supervisors have two primary levels of responsibility in relation to workplace mental health – providing a psychologically safe work environment and supportive management for all employees, including those who may be experiencing mental health concerns. Below we highlight some of the strategies particularly helpful to supervisors.

Promote a psychologically safe workplace

A psychologically safe workplace is often dependent on effective leadership. Use these resources to help increase your effectiveness.

On the Agenda

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

Psychologically Safer Terminations

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

Improve competency

Following are approaches for assessing and improving leadership skills to help prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of employees, and address problems related to psychological health and safety.

Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment

Assess your 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.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence can help reduce stress while positively impacting well-being and effectiveness in dealing with stressed out, angry, or emotional employees.
Leader Development
Team Building Activities
Personal Development

Manage and support employees with mental illness

The following information and strategies can help support success when mental health is a factor for employees who are at work, away from work, or returning to work.

Working Through It

A video-based resource featuring employees with mental health pressures talking about how they coped and what they did to reclaim well-being. Watch all videos.
Referring Employees to Working Through It
Weekly Mental Health Awareness Emails

Workplace Solutions

An effective workplace plan includes specific and measurable solutions to workplace issues such as performance, working relationships, or accommodation.
Identifying the Issues
Developing a Workplace Plan


When accommodation is done well, it can help an employee remain a productive and contributing member of the work team.
The Duty to Accommodate
Accommodation Strategies
Union Support
Supporting Employee Success - A Tool to Plan Accommodations

Return to Work

Specific strategies can help support a successful return to work after an absence due to a mental health concern.
Supporting Return to Work Success
Union Support