Employees' role in psychological health and safety

Free online learning program for employees to learn how to contribute to a mentally healthy workplace. This orientation to psychological health and safety in the workplace is for all employees.

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Being a Mindful Employee: An orientation to psychological health and safety in the workplace is designed to help employees explore how they can contribute to, or take away from, a psychologically safe work environment. 

This free online training program includes 4 modules: 

  • Managing you which includes scenarios about maintaining balance and supporting your own growth and development at work.
  • Interacting with others which includes scenarios about inclusion, support and psychological protection at work.
  • Dealing with work stressors which includes scenarios about clarity, competencies, workload and influence at work.
  • Contributing to a positive culture which includes scenarios about civility, respect, pride at work and supporting others.

In each scenario employees will categorize 3 common responses into those that are likely to have a negative impact on psychological safety, those that may be careless or have a neutral impact, and those that are likely to have a positive impact. 

After passing a final quiz (at 75% or better), employees can download a certificate of completion. This program can be done individually, or the employer can assign Being a Mindful Employee to all employees and track completion. Employers do not have access to individual responses. 

This course is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about psychological safety at work. 

Delivery method

This is a free online e-learning course, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. All an employee needs is a device with access to the internet.


Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.

The MHCC’s current mandate aims to deliver on priority areas identified in the Mental Health Strategy for Canada in alignment with the delivery of its strategic plan.  

Mindful Employer Canada

Mindful Employer Canada trains people leaders to optimize the positive energy, focus, and performance of their teams. They do this by providing leaders with practical strategies to build trust, manage employees, and effectively resolve workplace issues. This investment in leaders supports organizational excellence. 

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Workplace Strategies supports initiatives that increase knowledge and awareness of workplace psychological health and safety. They provide free and credible resources, compliments of Canada Life, to improve the understanding, prevention and management of mental health issues – especially in the workplace.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada's national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety, aiming to eliminate work-related illnesses and injuries. Through its programs, services, knowledge, commitment and action, CCOHS will continue its efforts to advance health and safety in the workplace.

Contributors include.articlesMary Ann BayntonMental Health Commission of CanadaMindful Employer CanadaSarah JennerWorkplace Strategies team 2007-2021

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