National standard for workplace mental health

Publish date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Health care

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has launched a Voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

The document aims to get employers to pledge to:

  • Consider the mental well-being of employees and identify hazards.
  • Assess workplace hazards such as stressors from job demands.
  • Strive for work/life balance.
  • Help workers feel they are treated with fairness, respect and rewarded for their contributions.

The framework addresses prevention, promotion and implementation, such as through audit tools.

CFNU president Linda Silas participated in the launch and commended the Mental Health Commission and all the project partners on advancing this important work.

Silas said that nurses have been advocating for healthier workplaces and workload control for years and feel that the development of the Standard is a definite step in the right direction toward positive change.

The CFNU is now calling on all health care stakeholders to show responsible leadership and take actions now to implement the Standard.


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