Feds launching new online mental-health resources

This Mental Health Awareness Month, the federal government unveiled a series of initiatives to support the well-being of Canadian workers.

The Ministry of Labour is partnering with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide workers with access to detailed and credible information on mental health and wellness.

The initiatives include free e-courses by the CCOHS and a resources hub hosted by the MHCC. In addition to online training courses, the CCOHS portal includes features such as podcasts on a range of mental-health topics.

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“. . . Our government recognizes the mental health and well-being of Canadian workers must be prioritized,” said Filomena Tassi, minister of labour, in a press release. “We are working together with unions, workers, employers and experts to create psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.”

The federal government has prioritized mental health over the last few years and more so now that workers are experiencing disruption to their everyday routines with the shift to working from home and social distancing.

“As we continue to address and respond to the impacts of the pandemic, we are working with our partners and stakeholders to take the steps needed to create healthy and safe workplaces for everyone,” said Tassi.

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