How to create a ‘win-win’ situation for workplace mental health: psychologist – CTV

May 1, 2023

Whether it’s a mental health day or a reduced workload, there are a number of ways that employers and employees can deal with workplace stress to the benefit of everyone, a Toronto-based psychologist says.

“Mental health is part of our whole health,” registered psychologist Natasha Williams told CTV’s Your Morning on Monday, “and a lot of times what we do is that we focus so much on our physical health that we tend to negate mental health.”

Referencing a 2012 poll from Ipsos, the Mental Health Commission of Canada says as many as 70 per cent of Canadian employees are concerned about the psychological health and safety of their workplace, while 14 per cent don’t think theirs is healthy or safe at all.

Williams says our mental health, especially issues such as anxiety and depression, can lead to reduced productivity and absenteeism. The federal government says 30 per cent of disability claims involve mental health problems and illness.

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