October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (CHWM).

It’s an annual celebration designed to increase awareness of a comprehensive approach to workplace health, help organizations create healthy workplaces and increase the number of healthy workplaces in the country.

Below are some articles and resources for employers.

Trends in workplace wellness
Workplace wellness programs have come a long way in recent years.
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Chronic diseases connected to mental health issues
People with a chronic illness like diabetes or cancer are more prone to mental illness than the general population, finds a HealthPartners report.
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Employees more aware of workplace presenteeism than employers
Canadian workers are more likely to see presenteeism as a serious issue than employers, finds a Morneau Shepell report.
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Attitudes about mental health at work mixed
Workers have both negative and supportive attitudes about mental health in the workplace.
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5 key stats about Canadians’ mental health
Canadians are stressed about work, and caregiving can have a negative impact on their mental health, notes a report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
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Taking action on mental illness
People with mental illness are struggling every day. We need to continue the conversation; we need to do more. So what can be done?
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Mental health in the workplace
When it comes to maintaining and improving employee wellness, mental health has become a lead topic for employers and benefit providers—and with good reason.
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The missing link: The connection between physical and mental health
Growing awareness of the significant impact that mental illness has on workplace productivity, employee engagement and organizational budgets has prompted employers to begin developing strategies to encourage mental health in the workplace.
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Recognizing the warning signs of mental distress
People leaders often struggle with managing employees when there seems to be a personal issue impacting job performance, especially when there could be an emerging mental health issue at play.
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Mental health literacy a concern
Typically, people tend to not look after their mental health to the same extent as their physical health. Despite research showing the prevalence of mental illnesses and related issues in Canada, mental health is still not a top health priority for the general public.
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Making wellness more meaningful
Wellness programs have become markedly more prevalent in recent years. However, many small- and medium-size businesses can struggle with how to best integrate a wellness strategy into their benefits offering.
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Resources

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has created a workplace guide on mental health, Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers. Download the guide from the MHCC’s website.

Healthy Workplace Month
For more information, visit the CHWM website.

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