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MindsMatter Action: Public Inc.

With October featuring Mental Illness Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, better workplace mental health is top of mind for many organizations. CivicAction reached out to organizations to see how they’re taking action. Read what PUBLIC Inc is doing in this Q&A with Amanda Javier, Culture & Operations Manager.

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Amanda Javier, Culture & Operations Manager, Public Inc.

Tell us about a change your organization is taking to improve workplace mental health.

We have introduced our Public community to such mental health culture features as encouragement to be authentic about what pressures they’re dealing with (in the office and at home), regular check ins, paid volunteering time (40 hours) and so much more that has become imbedded into our office culture.

How is this change positively affecting your workplace culture or your employees’ attitudes to mental health?

As we’re working on stats to prove this, our initial findings indicate that these initiatives geared toward the overall well-being of our office community have resulted in deeper trust amongst colleagues, less stress, and better overall work performance.

Are there plans for more actions to come? 

Of course! I am always researching and developing new ways to support our staff’s mental well- being. We will be launching a new initiative shortly that gives our staff funding for physical health classes, which we know has a massive effect on their mental health and overall well-being.

What does good workplace mental health look like to you?

Good workplace mental health looks like supporting staff through an intentionally-planned culture strategy, as well as offering support on an individual level. Mental health looks different on everyone and it’s just as important that we treat each of our staff on an individual basis as we do on a community basis.

Anything you’d like to add?

Mental health is so vital in the workplace because it’s part of an ecosystem that makes an extraordinary individual, team and community. We value mental health as much as we value job performance, because the two are inextricably linked.

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