According to The Canadian Mental Health Commission, in any given year, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness. This is a huge problem, and one that needs to be talked about. This is one of the reasons #BellLetsTalk Day is so important. It sheds light on how important it is for us to talk about mental health and to end the stigma behind it.
It also led to us having a conversation at Porpoise about corporate social responsibility practices, and the actions companies can take to play their part in fostering workplaces that are conducive to mental wellness.
First, just as #BellLetsTalk day is a day dedicated to creating a dialogue about mental health, companies can put programs in place that encourage this behaviour throughout the year. It can be extremely valuable for colleagues to learn from each others tips and to hear how others are facing challenges of their own.
Companies can also offer training for employees. Whether it‘s a series of online resources or a few in-person workshops, training can create awareness surrounding how your company and fellow employees can play a part in fostering psychologically healthy workplace environments.
For many people, the workplace can also be a significant source of stress. Putting policies and procedures in place to prevent people from becoming overworked is important. Maintaining communication between managers and employees is important for managing expectations, deadlines, and ensuring that workloads don’t become too much to handle.
There are numerous factors that affect psychological health and safety in the workplace. To learn more about how your organization can foster a workplace that is conducive to mental health, consider adopting the Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
This Standard provides a framework to create and continually improve a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. It helps with the following:
a) The identification and elimination of hazards in the workplace that pose a risk of psychological harm to a worker.
b) The assessment and control of the risks in the workplace associated with hazards that cannot be eliminated.
c) Implementing structures and practices that support and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace.
d) Fostering a culture that promotes psychological health and safety in the workplace.
At Porpoise, we want to help create purpose led workplace cultures that drive employee engagement and social impact. Let’s continue the conversation about how we can create workplaces that offer an employee experience that fosters mental wellbeing while offering help for those struggling with mental illness.