SUMMARY: A 3-year national research study has been undertaken by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to determine how Canadian employers are using the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Results will help identify promising practices, formulate programs, and develop educational tools and processes to help more organizations adopt the Standard and to promote mentally healthy workplaces overall.

Join the conversation as we share questions and ideas from our participants and expert panel. Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) website for more information about the Case Study Research Project.

How do you manage performance when mental health is an issue?

July 2014

While some may think that it's best to avoid performance management when there may be a mental health issue, the opposite is often true. Ignoring performance issues can cause problems to escalate which can make the situation worse for the employee who may be struggling. The focus should be on helping the employee be successful at his or her job.

How can you assess the psychological health and safety of your workplace?

July 2014

There are many ways to assess the current psychological health and safety of a workplace. The following are some resources to help with an assessment:

Emotional intelligence of leaders is key to creating psychologically healthy and safe workplaces

July 2014

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) indicates that organizations should work to establish processes to ensure the competency and training of all workers, in particular those in leadership roles, "to prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of workers, and address problems related to psychological health and safety."

How do you support successful return to work when mental health is a factor?

July 2014

Supporting Employee Success – A Tool to Plan Accommodations that Support Success at Work is a free resource. It helps in clarifying job expectations, identifying employee abilities and developing accommodations that meet the requirements when mental health is a factor. It is organized in a logical way to help organizations and individuals gather information that can be shared between the employer, employee, healthcare professionals and other workplace stakeholders in the accommodation and return to work process.