Free Mental Health Resources
Mental health resources

We have led the discussion on supporting employers and employees with content that encourages and discusses the importance of addressing mental illness, promoting mental health, and implementing workplace occupational health and safety measures.

In the past year, we have focused our research on understanding the impacts of the pandemic on families, employers, work-life balance and mental stress. We have heard from Canadians and organizations who have found our content to be a necessary placeholder during this shift in working environments. In addition to these new environments, we have seen organizations change their structure to adapt to new financial expectations.

The Conference Board of Canada continues to offer free resources to assist organizations in improving workplace mental health. This is part of our commitment to supporting Canadian leaders in addressing today’s toughest challenges.

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Five things you can do to support employee mental health

Provide mental health personal protective equipment (MHPPE)—Allow employees to develop mental fitness. Build resiliency programs that support mental health.
Scan your workplace environment—Evaluate what you are doing to support employees’ psychological health and safety. Employers’ behaviours and actions can positively or negatively impact employees’ mental health.
Provide peer support—Consider launching formal workplace peer support programs with the required levels of rigour (policy framework, selection, training, supervision) and encourage employees to step up and support colleagues.
Take an employee psychological support inventory—Catalogue all of your programs that support employee mental health and evaluate their impact, as well as employees’ knowledge of them.
Monitor mental health—Ensure you are monitoring mental health on an ongoing basis. And select tools that can measure employees’ mental fitness, psychological safety, employee experience, program impact, lifestyle choices, and productivity.

It’s Mental Health Week and the CMHA encourages us to “name it, don’t numb it” – an imperative to organizational leaders to have supportive conversations with their employees. And while there is undoubtedly much to grieve as we transition through the pandemic, this is also a rare opportunity to put the spotlight back on mental health.  Here are some free resources to get the conversation going about mental health in the workplace.


Erin Mills, Associate Director, Workplace Health, The Conference Board of Canada