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Nurturing Mental Health in the Modern Workplace

In today’s fast-paced and high-pressure work environments, nurturing mental health in the modern workplace is not just an essential practice, it’s an imperative one.. As Canadians, we are progressively acknowledging and recognizing the essential role of mental health in workplace wellness. Whether remote or in person – businesses across the nation, large and small, are now focusing on cultivating a mentally healthy workplace to promote productivity, engagement, and overall well-being of their employees.

What are 4 symptoms of mental health issues in the workplace?

Mental health issues in the workplace often manifest in various ways. Some prevalent symptoms include:

  • Increased absenteeism or tardiness: This could be one of the first signs of mental health issues, as employees might be dealing with conditions such as anxiety or depression.
  • Decline in productivity: Mental health conditions can often lead to decreased focus, concentration, and decision-making abilities, impacting an employee’s productivity and work quality.
  • Changes in mood or behaviour: Shifts in temperament or unusual emotional responses can signal underlying mental health problems.
  • Withdrawal or disengagement: Employees dealing with mental health issues might withdraw from colleagues, refrain from participating in workplace activities, or show less interest in their tasks.

How does mental health affect employees in the workplace?

Mental health at work significantly affects not only individual performance but the overall work environment as well. Employees facing mental health issues may experience decreased productivity, diminished creativity, and increased errors, which can lead to financial costs for the company. Moreover, it negatively affects teamwork, morale, and employee engagement, it can  compromise the overall work life balance.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health problems and illnesses cost the Canadian economy approximately $50 billion annually, with claims related to mental illness accounting for over 30% of all disability claims and 70% of the total costs.

How do you handle mental health in the workplace?

Promoting mental health in the workplace requires a multi-pronged approach. It’s crucial to create an open and non-stigmatizing work environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health issues. Organizations should encourage regular breaks, work-life balance, and stress management practices.

Workplace mental health policies should also include mental health support programs and access to professional help. Additionally, implementing a psychological health and safety management system can assist organizations in promoting mental health in their workplace. Training managers and employees on mental health conditions, understanding their symptoms, and offering the right support can create a mentally healthy workplace.

What to do if your job is causing mental health issues?

If your job is causing mental health issues, it’s important to acknowledge the problem. Openly discussing it with your supervisor or human resources department can help address mental health concerns and possibly lead to changes in the work environment.

Engaging in self-care practices or seeking professional help can help you discover ways to cope with stressful workplace situations. Wellin5 has knowledgeable and supportive counsellors who can assist you through your work issues and other day-to-day issues. 

Can you quit a job due to mental health issues?

While it’s a significant decision, leaving a job due to mental health issues is sometimes the best course of action. If the work environment continues to harm your mental health and all other efforts to address the issue have been ineffective, consider seeking new employment.

In Canada, mental health is recognized under occupational health and safety regulations, and one can qualify for disability benefits due to mental health conditions. However, it’s important to consult with a legal advisor or professional counsellor to understand all implications before making a decision.


By integrating mental health into every facet of the workplace, we can create a supportive work culture that promotes mental wellness and productivity alike. Remember, a mentally healthy workplace isn’t just good for employees; it’s beneficial for the business as a whole. Let’s ensure that the conversations around mental health in the workplace continues to evolve and progress. Together, we can make a difference.
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