This week, 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to mental health issues. The Hon. Michael Wilson, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), highlighted this in a recent speech following the release of the findings of the Case Study Research Project. Beginning in 2014 and ending in 2017, the Case Study Research Project followed 40 organizations implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
We’ve covered the Standard and mental health at work numerous times before. In the January/February issue we looked at police, prisons and a hospital, as they strove to overcome the “Suck it up, buttercup” attitude often prevalent in high-stress professions. But does implementing initiatives like the Standard actually improve how organizations respond to mental health issues? The results are in, and the short answer: is yes. If the thought of reading another article about the dismal state of mental health in Canadian workplaces makes your heart sink, keep reading — the results of the Case Study Research Project, released this past March, give cause for hope.