Mental Health - 12 months of safety for May 2023

12 months of safety for May | Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as your physical health.   

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. We often spend more time at work than with our families. Let’s work together to raise awareness toward battling stigma and discrimination and encouraging mental health conversations. 

Talking about mental health or using self-care strategies does not mean that we need always to know exactly what to say or be happy all the time, but proactively investing in mental health education and self-care coping strategies are helpful to our overall well-being and a contributing part to living an engaged and productive life. 

Learn more about mental health:

Have questions about workplace mental health? Ask us.

Mental health resources

  • Care for Caregivers

    Mental health resources for healthcare workers in British Columbia.

  • Care to Speak

    Confidential peer support service that provides emotional and psychological help to healthcare workers.

  • Safety huddle | Respectful return to work

    Use this Safety Huddle to discuss how to respectful handle a return to work of a co-worker.

  • Civility matters checklist

    Review the questions in this document and tick-off those situations that you have actively participated in. Remember that bullying is repeated and persistent unreasonable behavior and not necessarily a one-time occurrence only!

  • Civility matters toolkit

    Check out our Civility Matters Toolkit for strategies and resources to address workplace incivility and create supportive workplace relationships.

WEBINAR | Stress management for healthcare workers (on-demand)

12 months of safety for January | Violence prevention

Acts of violence towards healthcare workers are the second leading cause of injury for long-term care workers and the third leading cause of workplace injury for home and community health support.

By investing in violence prevention policies, procedures and education we can work together to reduce the risk of injury. When this happens, we create a more positive working environment, resulting in a higher quality of care for residents and clients. We’ve created a collection of resources and information to help you create a more positive work environment that reduces injuries or acts of violence in your workplace.

Learn more about violence prevention at the links below

Have questions about violence prevention in your workplace? Ask us!

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