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Providing targeted training (i.e. stress management and resilience training), an Employee Assistance Program, and psychological benefits and support can help to intervene earlier when an employee may be experiencing a mental health issue. If psychological distress and difficulty are not identified or addressed in a timely manner, they may well develop into more serious problems and functional impairment which will be much harder to resolve.


  1. Take action to reduce work-induced stress.
  • Offer resilience training to employees and teams

Resource:  MHCC webinar on resilience – by Karen Seward, President, SCM Health Solutions

  • Put in place a policy that discourages sending work emails before and after regular work hours.


  1. Connect co-workers to other mental health supports in the workplace and community.
  • Create a list of community resources that employees can access to seek assistance.

Resource:  GWL Workplace Strategies for Mental Health Mental Health Resource List Template

  • Offer an annual “wellness fair” where an Employee Assistance Program provider, benefits provider, or external community resources can offer information on their services – for employees and managers.


  1. Take steps to put a mental health strategy or plan in place.
  • Survey employees to understand their experiences and needs and see what types of activities / programs interest them the most, and create a base-line to track over time.

Resource: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Sample Workplace Health and Wellness Survey

  • Develop a mental health workplace plan.

Resource: Workplace Strategies for Mental Health Psychological Health and Safety Planning


  1. Take actions that will support people on leave or returning to work.
  • Put a formal return-to-work process in place within your organization and communicate it to employees.

Resource: Conference Board of Canada: Getting Back in the Game: Managing Disability and The Return to Work

  • Complete an individualized return-to-work plan for an employee returning to work from a mental health-related leave of absence.

Resource: Manulife’s Sample Return to Work Plan.

  • Develop a mental health workplace plan.

Resource: Workplace Strategies for Mental Health Developing a Workplace Plan

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