Resources for organizations for mental health in the workplace

Every organization is required to develop and implement an action plan to support a culture that integrates psychological health, safety and well-being. Find information to support and guide you in the development and implementation of your action plan.

If you are in distress, please contact your nearest distress centre. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.


Raising awareness

  • Choosing a workplace mental health champion

    Read the Workplace Mental Health Champions summary to help you understand the role and definition of a champion.

  • 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.

  • Video series
    • View and share the videos created by Ottawa Public Health and the Mental Health Commission of Canada to help Canadians “have THAT talk” about mental health in the workplace. The videos provide realistic examples and strategies for each of the 13 factors that are part of a mentally healthy and safe workplace. This video series will help demystify the process for employers and employees.

    • 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.

    • Mental health and wellness in the workplace at the 2018 Innovation Fair
      Learn more about the Center of Expertise's efforts at the 2018 Innovation Fair to raise awareness and help public servants manage mental health and well-being in the workplace.

  • Canadian Mental Health Association (National)

    Access numerous tools from the “Not Myself Today” campaign to help break down barriers and change the tone on mental health. Several departments are combating stigma using these tools.

  • Mental health brochures

    Read the brochures with mental health tips and information to learn more about specific mental health issues, including the brochure on Mental Illnesses in the Workplace.

Building capacity

  • Building Success: A Guide to Establishing and Maintaining a Psychological Health and Safety Management System in the Federal Public Service

    The Guide to Establishing and Maintaining a Psychological Health and Safety Management System in the Federal Public Service is a step-by-step implementation guide that will help organizations identify and assess workplace hazards that can affect the psychological health and safety of employees. It has been developed to help organizations plan, develop, maintain and refresh their Psychological Health and Safety Management System.

  • Financial Well-being

    Get started! Learn more about bringing financial literacy to your workplace and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s free programs, tools and resources available for your employees.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    Find information about Health Canada Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which is a voluntary and confidential service to help employees at all levels, as well as their immediate family members, who have concerns that affect their personal well-being or work performance. EAP also offers specialized services to managers and supervisors.

  • Training and learning

    Find courses and events related to mental health.

  • Disability Management Cases

    Access the Handling Disability Management Cases – The Tool for guidance, from the time a case is identified, through the case management process to the successful return of the employee to work.

  • Guide on Applying the Harassment Resolution Process

    Get information and best practices about the harassment resolution process, including informal resolution processes and the formal harassment complaint process.

  • National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Read the National Standard (PDF document, 122 KB) which is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

  • Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Find information on a step-by-step implementation resource (PDF document, 6.66 MB) for the Standard. The guide is geared toward senior leaders, human resource managers, and occupational health and safety professionals, offering a roadmap to implement the Standard through four key steps: Building the Foundation, Identifying Opportunities, Setting Objectives, and Implementation.

Taking the pulse

  • Guarding Minds @ Work

    Guarding Minds @ Work provides organizations with proactive, comprehensive ways to assess the psychological health and safety of their specific workplaces, combined with information on appropriate solutions and a method of measuring the effectiveness of those solutions.

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