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Psychological Health and Safety

Workplaces play an important part in mental health—they can help people feel productive but they can also be the cause of increased stress. Since many Canadians spend the majority of their day at work, it is vital that employers pay attention to mental health issues.

Did you know?

500,000
Canadians are unable to work each week due to mental health issues

$50 billion
is the estimated annual cost to the Canadian ecocomy of mental health illnesses

60%
of Canadian employees experience stress every day at work

Psychological health is the ability to think, feel, and behave in a manner that enables people to perform effectively at work, at home, and in society. Psychological safety deals with the risk of injury to psychological well-being that an employee might experience.

Improving the psychological safety of a workplace means taking precautions to ensure an employee's psychological health. A psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that promotes employee mental well-being and actively works to create positive mental health.

Employees who work for psychologically safe leaders are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological well-being.

Note: All statistics come from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership

The Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership (CPSL) is a self-paced, online program designed to empower new and developing managers to support the mental fitness of employees, reduce mental harms, and promote mental health in the workplace.

Featured courses

  • Psychologically Safe Leaders
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