October 10, 2019

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health launches refreshed Working Through It videos

Updates reflect changing times & new advice; Dr. Martin Shain’s newest legal research on employer liability also unveiled

Toronto, October 10, 2019. . . Recognizing today as World Mental Health Day and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Working Through It video series, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, hosted a panel event with clients to debut a refreshed version of the video series.

“Mental health is an increasingly important issue for employers, but many organizations may struggle with how to support their workforce,” said Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Strategy and Collaboration at Workplace Strategies for Mental HealthOpens a new website in a new window, an initiative of Canada Life. “The Working Through It series adds a valuable tool to an employer’s toolbox, providing education for leaders and offering practical coping strategies that may benefit employees struggling at work, off work, or as they return to work. We’re proud once again to support Dr. Shain’s pioneering work.”

The Working Through It refresh better reflects changing times and follows up with some of the original contributors to see what new advice they would offer to viewers. Also unveiled was Dr. Martin Shain’s newest research, Getting Ahead of the Perfect Legal Storm, which considers employers’ liability for employee’s mental health at work. Dr. Shain’s new research builds on the concepts presented in his 2009 reportOpens a new website in a new window on psychological safety in the workplace commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, as well as Tracking the Perfect Legal StormOpens a new website in a new window (2010) and Weathering the Perfect Legal StormOpens a new website in a new window (2014).

“The corporate culture of a workplace can significantly impact mental health in a positive or negative way, and in the last decade we’ve seen a meteoric rise in understanding among employers that they have a responsibility to protect their workers’ mental well-being,” said Dr. Martin Shain, SJD, from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. “My newest research digs deep into the questions of an employer’s liability for mental health at work.”

For access to the free Working Through It videos in French or English, or more information on Dr. Shain’s research, visit workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.comOpens a new website in a new window.

About Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is a leading source of free practical tools, tips and training materials designed to help employees and employers prevent and manage mental health issues in and out of the office. Resources address enhancing workplace culture and leadership, change and conflict, managing performance and stress, planning to return work or retire, and more. Originally established in 2007 as The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, the organization operates on a non-profit model and is funded by Canada Life. To learn more, visit workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.comOpens a new website in a new window.

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are leading insurance, wealth management and benefits specialists, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. Under the new Canada Life brand, we help Canadians achieve their potential, every day. Our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together, we serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada and provide a wide range of products and services for individuals, families and business owners.

As an Imagine Caring Company, we support the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada. Our companies contribute at least one per cent of pre-tax profit in support of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. This includes $13.3 million in contributions to non-profit, charitable and community organizations in 2018.

About Dr. Martin Shain, SJD

Dr. Martin Shain is principal and founder of the Neighbour at Work Centre, a consulting agency in workplace mental health established in 2004 and a lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Drawing on his background in law and social science, Martin consults with workplace stakeholders to help them understand and address their current and emerging responsibilities to provide and maintain psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Martin wrote three policy discussion papers for the Mental Health Commission of Canada that provide key foundations for, and a prototype of, the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace issued in 2013. He is an ongoing core member of the multipartite Technical Committee that developed the National Standard into its present form. His most recent book is “The Careful Workplace: seeking psychological safety at work in the era of Canada’s national standard” published by Thomson Reuters in June, 2016.

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Erika Miller
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health