The pandemic has increased our understanding and awareness of mental health in the workplace and heightened the demand for workplace mental health programs, supports, and resources. It's time to stop thinking of mental health as a taboo topic and remove the stigma of shame and fear around mental illness.
What is mental health?
Mental health is at a state of well-being where the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the everyday stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and contribute to their community.
Mental illnesses are conditions in which a person's mood and behaviours negatively impact their day-to-day functioning. These health problems can include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, substance use, and other illnesses and addictions.
Why is mental health in the workplace important?
The workplace can be an essential factor to maintain positive mental health – but it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to mental health issues. When our mental health starts to deteriorate, it can be hard to enjoy life like we used to. The total cost from mental health problems to the Canadian economy is more than $50 billion annually and can contribute to lost productivity from absenteeism, presenteeism, and turnover.
- Know the risk factors for mental health
- Understand the common signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how to recognize when an employee might be struggling with mental health issues
- Access tools, resources, and information to help address mental health in the workplace.
If you or someone in your workplace is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs immediate medical support, call 9-1-1.
Mental health crisis line workers are also available across BC.
- 1-800-SUICIDE for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. Available 24/7 in up to 140 languages
- 310-Mental Health (310-6789) for individuals who would like emotional support, information, and resources specific to mental health.
- Health region crisis lines:
- Interior Health – 1-888-353-2273
- Fraser Health – 1-877-820-7444
- Vancouver Coastal Health – 1-866-661-3311
- Northern Health – 1-888-562-1214
- Island Health – 1-888-494-3888
Mental Health Resources and Tools
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment-non-judgmentally and completely rather than focusing on the past or worrying about the future.It involves a heightened awareness or sensory stimuli (noticing your breathing, feeling the sensation of your body) and being present and “in the now”.
People often wonder what it means to have a mental health problem or illness. This video Toolbox Talk addresses some of the facts and terminology around mental health. Mental illnesses are conditions where a person’s mood and behaviours negatively impact their day-to-day functioning. These health problems can include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many others as well […]