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The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group (standards organization), is leading the development of a Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (PSS Standard) set to be released in 2020.

The PSS Standard will be voluntary and could be considered for uptake by any college, university, institution, polytechnic or CEGEP. Having a Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students will provide institutions with a framework and guidelines reflective of the best practices and supportive of future new practices to support and promote student mental health, thereby promoting student success.

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Healthcare professionals and their clients/patients are faced with questions about how to choose the most reliable and effective tools, how to decide what is real or fake on the internet, and how to avoid the snake oil. How do you answer?

Mental health care is an area in need of transformation. One in five Canadians will have mental health problems this year, yet many struggle to access care. According to one study (Patten, S., et al. (2016) Major Depression in Canada: What has changed over the past 10 years? The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 61(2), 80–85.) …


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Purpose and passion are of highest importance to today’s workforce. Employers who heed this call develop a workforce of authentic, courageous and trustworthy employees who feel inspired to do their best work.

The popularity of a mentally and physically health-enhancing lifestyle is soaring among employees, and employers are increasingly aware of the productivity and engagement benefits from a passionate, committed, and “well” workforce. Nevertheless, there’s always room for improvement.

Today’s “culture of busyness” prevents each of us from squeezing time for mental health and well-being into already packed schedules. Information pours in from millions of communication channels, words and phrases…


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The latest ‘Employee Wellbeing Research 2018’ from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) highlighted that that 60% of UK chief executives say mental health is the area of employee wellbeing they are most concerned about. The report also highlighted that business leaders increasingly recognize that high pressured working environments are putting their employees’ physical and mental health at risk.

The report key findings include:

Employee well-being

Organizations vary considerably in how proactive they are in promoting employee well-being:

  • Two-fifths of employers have a standalone well-being strategy.
  • 55% say well-being is on the agenda of senior leaders.
  • Almost half report that…

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Following the formal categorization of “Gaming Disorder” by the World Health Organization, a number of prominent addictions and mental health experts loudly voice disagreement…worrying that this categorization is grounded more in moral concerns that evidence-based science, the symptoms are not clearly defined, and there is no designation treatment.

The World Health Organization earlier this year classified “gaming disorder” as a diagnosable condition, officially classifying “Gaming Disorder” as an “addictive behavior” included under the umbrella of “mental, behavioral, or neurodevelopmental disorders” in the ICD-11. …


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Many companies have developed sophisticated injury prevention programs to reduce injuries and ill-health related to the physical environment of the workplace. The result for these employers is lower workers’ compensation costs and a healthier bottom line.

While the costs associated with poor personal health practices and an unhealthy organizational culture are enough to make most businesses sit up and take notice, employers may think it too difficult to do anything about these issues.

Fortunately, research indicates that interventions don’t have to be large to make a difference.

Some examples of successful interventions are as follows:

The Canadian Institute of Stress (Bell Canada Operator Services research) says stress control programs can result in:

  • 18% reduction in absences
  • 32% reduction in grievances
  • 52% reduction in disability time
  • 7% improvement in productivity
  • 13% improvement in service quality
  • A stress-reduction…

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It’s called The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. And it’s the first of its kind in the world. Developed in Canada and used by countless organizations and companies, it’s the roadmap for employers to create a mentally healthier workplace.

The Standard is all about shifting workplace culture to value mental health and safety as much as we do physical health and safety.

It provides a framework to assess your current workplace, set objectives and take action to enhance the programs, policies, benefits and training you already have in place at work.

The Standard is voluntary…


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Emotions are not just feelings but tendencies towards certain actions, physiological reactions, and cognitive appraisals, beliefs, and interpretations. Whereas negative emotions signal that we are at risk (e.g., feeling anxious) positive emotions seem to do the opposite. They indicate that we are not a risk; that we are safe. Additionally, positive emotions open us to new experiences and connections with others.

An Avail Workplace Mental Health Industry Report | February 2019

Our day-to-day positive emotions function as nutrients for our overall well-being.

Barbara Frederikson, University of North Carolina

In the decades following World War II, psychology as a science…


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Four years have passed since we reached a milestone in the mobile technology space: the number of phones on the planet surpassed the number of people for the first time.

An Avail Workplace Mental Health Industry Report | February 2019

That’s quite the statistic! Indeed, the smartphone is the fastest growing man-made phenomenon ever — from zero to 7.2 billion in three decades. Following suit, the number of mHealth solutions continues to grow, numbering in the tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands, including:

· health-related apps;

· wearable technology;

· devices for client/patient communication; and

· wireless devices for real-time medication…


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It is no exaggeration to suggest students of all ages today face a mental health crisis — whether child, adolescent, or young adult. Indeed, mounting evidence creates a compelling picture of a world in which students face the greatest levels of stress and mental health challenges than at any other time in history. Some consider this an acute crisis happening among the members of our youngest generation, with critical implications for the future.

An Avail Workplace Mental Health Industry Report | February 2019

Are our students-in-need falling through the cracks?

Promoting youth physical health in school has long been a…

Scott Wallace PhD

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