Creating Safe Mental Health Workplaces By Chris Hylton, MA, CG Hylton & Associates Inc.
Introduction Chris Hylton MA, Principal of CG Hylton & Associates Over 20 years of experience Human Resource Consultant Benefits – individual and Group Insurance – individual and Group Workshops EAP
Agenda What is mental health? Types of mental health Addictions Mental health issues Solutions for a healthy mental health workplace EAP Physicalsolutions Workplace solutions Managerial and Supervisor support
What is Mental Health? World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”
What is Mental Health? People learning and be able to cope with: Stress Changes in life and the workplace Demands in the workplace Home life Work life
Types of Mental Health: What Can Cause Stress Unbalanced work and home life Physical Illness – disease or illness Mental Health – anxiety, depression, anger, etc Problems with coping with issues
Types of mental health : Addictions Definition: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming Examples: alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, eating, etc
Types of mental health : Mental Wellbeing It is important to find the balance in life: family, work, school, and any other side projects or important aspects of your life Canadian workers spend about 60% of their waking hours at work
Types of mental health : Mental Wellbeing “Research shows that most employees believe the workplace is an appropriateand effective place to promotehealth and well-being issues.”
Solution: Prevention! Planned action to stop the development of addictive behaviours, and promote health enhancing behaviours
Physical Solutions Prevent physical illnesses by offering employees time to stretch, walk, exercise, etc For example: offer gym memberships If one person is sick in the office, send them home! One person sick is better than everyone being sick.
Workplace Solutions Make the work place a positive place! Celebrate birthdays Celebrate holidays Team building exercises: staff day at the movies, staff day in the park, etc Sit fighting co-workers down and help solve the issues between them Have a zero tolerance policy
Companies can provide programs EAP – Employee Assistant Program A program that offers: short-term, professional counselling and referral services support in dealing with a wide range of stressful situations (personal/work related) assistance and advise Services are free and confidential
Management Support Greet your staff Have an open door policy Listen to your staff and make sure they’re happy where they are