Mental health and mental wellness in our workplace
A number of sources at PHC—including findings from our organizational work in 2014 to address sick-time and overtime rates, PHC long-term disability rates and research studies by the Canadian Mental Health Commission—indicate a significant prevalence of mental health issues impacting our staff and leaders.
For example, in 2015, 30 to 40 per cent of PHC Occupational Health & Safety interactions with staff and about 30 per cent of our Long Term Disability (LTD) open claims were related to mental health.
More than just percentages, the larger message is that every one of these numbers is one of our people who is struggling in some way and needs support.
Our values-based organization is a leader in innovative approaches to care, outreach, research and education, all with the end goal of improving the lives of—and reducing the stigma faced by—many of our marginalized patient populations.
We need to demonstrate this same commitment and compassion to staff.
Doing as much as we can organizationally to ensure that staff have the resources and supports that enable them to have rich, healthy and productive work and personal lives is of utmost importance.
This online toolkit is just one part of the PHC's Staff Mental Health and Mental Wellness initiative.
The information contained in this toolkit is provided for general information only.
It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your physician or appropriate health-care provider with respect to your particular circumstances.