B.C. Roundtable Discusses Workplace Mental Health Issues in Health Care

mental_health_commissionOn Oct. 22, 2015 the B.C. Roundtable for Advancing Workplace Mental Health in Healthcare Settings met in Vancouver for the third in a series of roundtable discussions across the country in an effort to broaden awareness and importance of workplace mental health.

These sessions were facilitated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) as well as HealthCareCAN. In January 2013, the MHCC successfully pushed for the adoption of a nation-wide standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace. The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting psychological health of employees and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors. Soon after, HealthCareCAN released Psychological Health and Safety in Canadian Healthcare Settings, a policy statement encouraging members and health stakeholders to commit to taking action to implement the National Standard.

The Vancouver session came after the inaugural roundtable meeting in Toronto on Nov. 2, 2014 and a second meeting in Charlottetown on June 17, 2015. The plan is to build on the learnings of earlier sessions and eventually to identify themes across the roundtable sessions.

CLICK HERE to read a summary of the Vancouver Roundtable for Advancing Workplace Mental Health in Healthcare Settings.