Creating safe mental health workplaces

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Creating safe mental health workplaces

  1. 1. Creating Safe Mental Health Workplaces By Chris Hylton, MA, CG Hylton & Associates Inc.
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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”
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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.”
  10. 10. Solution: Prevention! Planned action to stop the development of addictive behaviours, and promote health enhancing behaviours
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Management Support Greet your staff Have an open door policy Listen to your staff and make sure they’re happy where they are
  15. 15. ThankYou!Questions?

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