Resources for employees for mental health in the workplace
Everyone has a role in promoting wellness. Find resources, tools and services to help you improve and maintain your mental health.
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Resources and services
Federal Informal Conflict Management System ICMS
As a body of experts providing leadership in the field, the Federal ICMS Network works with management and union representatives to influence, promote and strategically integrate ICMS into the federal public service. Employees in every department and agency in the federal public service have access to free, confidential and voluntary informal conflict management services (ICMS). Call your ICMS office to find out how they can help you to prevent, manage and resolve a workplace issue.
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Employee Assistance Program
Federal departments and agencies in the core public administration are required to make available to employees a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP provides free short-term counselling for personal or work-related problems as well as crisis counselling. More than 80 federal departments and agencies receive their EAP services through Health Canada, while other organizations provide this service internally or purchase it from the private sector. If you are unsure who the service provider for your organization is, please contact your organization’s Departmental Coordinator for the Employee Assistance Program (link available internally only) or your human resources team to find out more information about your Employee Assistance Program.
Occupational health and safety fact sheets
Read question-and-answer fact sheets covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, from hazards to diseases to ergonomics to workplace promotion.
Explore the subject of harassment prevention and resolution in the federal workplace, and contribute to building a healthy workplace by learning key communication skills.
Improving your mental health
Find information about mental health and ways to improve it at work and in your daily life.
Healthy Break Activities
Subscribe to weekly Take Your Break emails for practical and engaging break time activities that focus on helping to improve mental health at work.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and the Public Health Agency of Canada has developed two toolkits to support people who have been impacted by suicide. One toolkit is tailored for people who have attempted suicide, and the other is focused on resources for people who have lost someone to suicide.
The Faces of Mental Health in the Public Service
As part of Bell Canada's efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Government of Canada's Center of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace invites you to join the dialogue in building a mentally healthier, safer, collaborative, inclusive and respectful workplace. View and share the video today!
Mental health in the workplace: make a difference
View and share the Mental health in the workplace: make a difference video that demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to creating healthy workplaces, to keep the dialogue on mental health open, and to continue to raise awareness on the matter.
Federal Speakers’ Bureau on Healthy Workplaces
Learn more about the Federal Speakers' Bureau on Healthy Workplaces and how they can help you engage colleagues, staff or management within the federal public service to discuss mental health. Speakers share their personal journeys and help inspire hope through powerful, genuine and heartfelt testimonials. Visit Mental Health in the Workplace on the GC Intranet, the shared intranet for all public servants.
- Federal Public Service Workplace Mental Health Strategy
- National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Healthy Minds @ Work – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
- Health Partners
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