In an effort to make the workplace a healthier environment, the Ontario (Canada) government recently brought together workers, employers and experts from a wide range of sectors at the Summit on Work-Related Traumatic Mental Stress.
More than 150 participants from the policing, fire services, emergency medical services, corrections, health care, transit and social services sectors shared their experiences and workplace best practices in dealing with traumatic mental stress.
The summit opened with a keynote address by humanitarian and decorated Lieutenant-General the Honorable RoméoDallaire (ret’d), who drew on his insights and experiences to highlight the importance of dealing effectively with work-related traumatic mental stress and psychological health.
Summit participants also heard from a number of experts and leaders who have spearheaded change within their organizations.
They learned about innovative approaches to support cultural change and reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses, and how to enhance the mental health and safety of employees.
High Cost to Canadian Economy
The Canadian Mental Health Commission has reported that, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experience a mental health illness, with a cost to the economy of more than $50 billion.
Ensuring workers and employers have the resources they need to succeed is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario.
The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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