Unifor believes a better understanding of mental illness, advocacy of good mental health, and support for co-workers who may be experiencing mental health issues are essential to create a safe and healthy work environment.
“Promoting mental health in the workplace is everyone's responsibility,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Champions from within the place of employment are the best way to change attitudes and cultures in an organization, and to help ensure that workers are able to access help if needed.”
Mental illness remains the leading cause of workplace disability claims and the support provided in the workplace plays an important role in an individual’s ongoing mental well-being.
“A collective effort from ownership, management and workers is needed to create a mentally healthy community that facilitates recovery and social inclusion,” said Dias.
Unifor supports the Bell ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign to raise awareness and funds in support of mental health programs. On Wednesday January 25, five cents will be donated for every text message, mobile or long distance call made by Bell customers.
All Canadians can help to make a difference using social media, as five cents will also be donated for every tweet or Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk, each time you send a snap using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter, and every time you watch the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook. For details visit: http://letstalk.bell.ca.
Additional information about mental health in the workplace can be found on the Unifor website here.