The Mental Health Commission of Canada finds that the cost of mental health to the economy is $50 billion per year. The challenge with mental health is that it can be an intimidating topic for employers and employees.
In response to the gap, the OCC has developed a toolkit based on three principles:
- Setting Expectations – Creating a mentally healthy workplace is a journey and employers do not need to have all the answers. A good way to start is assessing their businesses by looking for barriers, support and opportunities for change, as well as identifying potential stress points in their workplace.
- Creating a Supportive Environment – Leadership, from not only management but employees themselves, is needed to create a supportive environment where everyone can feel comfortable with and empowered by the focus on mental wellness.
- Maintaining the Conversation – Businesses are encouraged to regularly assess if they are sticking with their mission on mental wellness. Several ways to do this including feedback and using data to measure progress.