#LetsTalk Mental Health

Publish date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CFNU

Health and safety

Today is #BellLetsTalk, a day devoted to raising awareness and funds in support of mental health initiatives across Canada.

Over the past year, we have been working with the provincial government to ensure that nurses receive the support they so desperately need to help them deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

We successfully lobbied the provincial government to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include a presumptive PTSD clause.This removes the requirement for nurses to provide evidence related as to how their PTSD diagnosis was a result of their work. With this new regulation in place, WCB should now presume that a nurse’s PTSD diagnosis was a direct result of the workplace.

Looking ahead, we hope to work with the government to include the recognition of psychosocial and psychological hazards in Manitoba’s Workplace Health and Safety Regulation.

On the national front, MNU along with members of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union (CFNU) have recommended that new Canada Health and Social Accord makes mental health a priority by including improved access to mental health services.

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