SUMMARY: Unions have two primary levels of responsibility in relation to workplace mental health - advocating for psychological health and safety in the workplace and supporting workers who may be experiencing mental health concerns. This can include influencing policy and intervening to support accommodation, return to work and resolution of any workplace issues.

Psychological health and safety

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace indicates that worker representatives have a significant role to play in promoting psychological health and preventing risks to psychological safety. The following resources can help you in this area.

Collaborating with employers about psychological health and safety initiatives from the outset aligns with the recommendations of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

A framework for workplace psychological health and safety that aligns with the National Standard.

This suite of resources supports better understanding, identification and assessment of factors that impact psychological health and safety.


Mental health concerns

Help support workers who may be experiencing workplace mental health concerns.

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

There are many ways a union representative can help support successful accommodation or return to work when a worker is also experiencing mental health concerns.

Gain a better understanding of the duty to accommodate mental illness and strategies to support success.

A process to help identify issues impacting a worker who may be experiencing mental concerns.


Developing insight and skills

Supporting workers with mental health issues can be stressful. The following resources can help you respond more effectively.

Video examples that show approaches that may be helpful for supporting workers through return to work, accommodation or conflict.

A video-based resource that can be shared with workers that includes stories of people who went through tough times at work talking about how they coped, and what they did to reclaim well-being.