Let’s talk mental health: How can we support one another?

- January 31, 2018

Whether you’re looking to be more directly involved in the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) or be a change-maker on your workplace health and safety committee, Unifor has tools to help all members promote good mental health practices.

The Worker Referral Assistance Programis the first step in order to become a referral agent in your workplace or local. In this role, members can act as liaisons to community resources that can help members access the services they need while protecting their confidentiality. The Level One program will be offered through the PEL program at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.  This course is open to participants from all Unifor Local Unions.

In level one, participants will discuss:

  • Unions and communities working together;
  • Your community services;
  • Principles of communication;
  • Interviewing and referral skills;
  • Implementing/strengthening employee and family assistance program in the local union;
  • Stress;
  • Addiction and dependency;
  • Loss and grief


Mental stress and injury at work can be monitored, reduced and managed by all people. Here are three tools that anyone can use to learn more about stress reduction and wellness. For more information, members can contact Unifor’s Health and Safety Department.

  1. Mental Injury Toolkit was developed by labour and academics to provide workers a basic understanding and a place to start to learn about workplace stress and what to do about it.
  2. Measure Workplace Stress App measures your level of stress.  It is a good snap shot of your mental well-being.  The larger survey (COPSOQ – Copenhagen psycho-social questionnaire) in the MIT toolkit provides workplaces with an assessment of the areas of concern and a road map to deal with them.  It then compares you with other Canadian workplaces.
  3. The Psychological H&S in the Workplace Standard was created by multi-stakeholders (including Bell) to help workplaces prevent exposures to psycho-social hazards and to promote psychological health. It is free of change on the CSA website.

For more information on mental health at work, see the final report of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).

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