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Chapter V: Resources

  • Issued: October 2014
  • Content last reviewed: October 2014

Prevention, Education, Awareness Building

Psychological Health and Safety: Action Guide for Employers, Mental Health Commission of Canada

  • This is a guide for employers to ensure the protection of their workers psychological health and safety. This report includes information on, amongst other issues, prevention from a primary, secondary, and tertiary perspective, and on building employee resiliency.

Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire, National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), Denmark

  • NRCWE has developed The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire regarding the psychosocial work environment. It is a tool developed with the aim of assessing and improving the psychosocial work environment. The tool consists of three questionnaires, each addressing different target groups.

Mental Health Works, Canadian Mental Health Association

  • Mental Health Works is a nationally available program that builds capacity within Canadian workplaces to effectively address the many issues related to mental health in the workplace. The focus is on both employer solutions and employee supports.

Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoint, International Labour Office (ILO)

  • This ILO manual includes easy-to-apply checkpoints for identifying stressors in working life and mitigating their harmful effects. It also provides guidance on linking workplace risk assessment with the process of stress prevention. It includes good practices for companies and organizations that would like to incorporate stress prevention into their overall occupational safety and health policy and management systems.

Training Resilient Soldiers (PDF), The Canadian Army Journal

  • This research seeks to understand the resiliency factors that make some individuals less prone to mental stress illnesses, in order to learn about resiliency.

Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR), Canadian Armed Forces

  • This Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) training initiative encompasses the entire package of resilience and mental health training that is embedded throughout CAF members’ career, including the deployment cycle.

Mental Injury Tools for Ontario Workers, Mental Injury Tool Group

  • This guide and resource kit provides workers with a basic understanding and a place to start to learn about workplace stress and how it may be addressed. The kit focuses on primary prevention of workplace factors that affect workers health level outcomes.

Hi, My Name is Dave, by Dave McFadden, Police Association of Ontario Magazine, #39

  • Dave McFadden shares about his personal experiences in order to encourage others to recognize some of the signs and symptoms in others and in themselves, and to seek help.

Partners for Mental Health

  • Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization that is spearheading a social movement on mental health. The genesis for Partners for Mental Health came from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Impact Report 2012-2013 (PDF), Partners of Mental Health

  • Partners for Mental Health, a non-profit organization, released the Impact Report to showcase the milestones reached from April 2012 to March 2013 and the progress made in support of the mission to generate change in support of mental health.

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard, Led by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau normalization du Québec (BNQ), in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada

  • The National Standard helps employers of all sizes, and in all sectors, promote good mental health and prevent psychological harm for every employee. It does this by providing the guidelines, resources and tools needed to build a mentally healthy workplace.

Local Suicide Prevention Councils

Suicide…it`s time for firefighters to talk about it! By Scott Chisholm, Thunder Bay Fire Fighter, Ontario Professional Fire Fighter Association Magazine, Summer 2013

  • The article discusses some tools for fire fighters to understand and talk about mental health and suicide.

Response Following an Event

Making the Case for Peer Support, Report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Mental Health Peer Support Project Committee (MHCC)

  • This report provides a description of peer support in Canada and in other countries. It makes the case for peer support, and makes recommendations to MHCC on how it could drive the development of peer support in Canada.

Homewood Health Centre`s Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery

  • Homewood Health Centre’s Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery is one of the few in-patient programs of its kind in Canada.

Mental Health First Aid Canada

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines (Australia)

  • These guidelines are designed to help members of the public to provide first aid related to a range of developing mental disorders and mental health crisis situations including to someone who has experienced a traumatic event.

Line Managers’ Resource: A practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace (PDF), Department of Health, United Kingdom

  • This resource has been developed by Shift, the United Kingdom`s Department of Health programme to reduce the stigma and discrimination directed towards people with mental health problems. It is part of Shift’s ‘Action on Stigma’ initiative aimed at supporting employers to promote good mental health and reduce discrimination.

PTSD Coach, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada

  • PTSD Coach is a Mobile App for military personnel and their families which can help them learn about and manage symptoms that may occur after trauma.

Operational Stress Injury Social Support program, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada

  • The Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program is a Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada partnership, created in 2001 by Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Grenier with a mandate to develop a national peer-support network and provide education and training to effect an institutional cultural change regarding the realities of operational stress injuries. The program, for example, includes a Speaker’s Bureau to impact cultural change.

Tema Conter Memorial Trust

  • PTSD related resources, fact sheets, and guides.

Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress, World Health Organization

  • In response to numerous requests from health care providers, the World Health Organization released new clinical protocols and guidelines on treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss.

Follow-up and Support

Innovative return-to-work program, Niagara Health system in partnership with union partners

  • The Niagara Health System in partnership with its local unions, Ontario Nurses’ Association, Service Employees International Union and Ontario Public Service Employees Unions, is undertaking what has been described as an innovative Return-to-Work and Primary Prevention Program aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses by maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, and at helping injured employees return to a productive and safe work environment.

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