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Mental Health Job Aid for Managers: Psychosocial Factor 1 - Psychological and Social Support

This job aid provides tips and resources to assist managers in addressing psychosocial risks and creating a psychologically healthy workplace for their employees.

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Psychological and Social Support is comprised of all supportive and social interactions; at work and between employees and managers; and an employee's awareness and perceptions of organizational support.

Psychological and Social Support: Where to Start?

Take Action!

Talk to your staff about mental health and respectful workplace communication at your next team meeting and encourage respect by demonstrating appreciation for others.

Provide training to help your staff identify and support other employees with mental health issues (see courses listed under Additional Resources below).

Invite employees to use resources such as Health Canada's Employee Assistance Program (available only for registered organizations) or your organization's EAP and your organization's Ombudsman or the Ombudsman office for small organizations.

Develop programs and procedures with the assistance of your Occupational Health and Safety Advisor to address job-specific risks to psychological health and safety.

Invite a speaker to share their story at your next team event by submitting a speaker request to the Federal Speakers' Bureau on Healthy Workplaces.

Consult the Disability Management Guidelines and your Disability Management Advisor for "stay-at-work" guidelines and "return-to-work" plans to assist those who remain at work while dealing with mental health concerns, and those returning after a mental health related absence.

Additional Resources

To assess each psychosocial factor, you may use the Organizational Review Worksheet and Survey Tool provided by Guarding Minds at Work.

Developed in collaboration with the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace.


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