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The Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes the one year anniversary of mentally healthier Canadian workplaces

January 16, 2014

The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada released one year ago today

Toronto, January 16, 2014 – CMHA is pleased to join the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in recognizing the one year anniversary of Canada’s first-ever National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada.

The Standard, which defines and sets a higher standard for workplace mental health,

provides employers with a framework on how to foster psychologically safe and healthy work environments in which all workers can flourish.

“CMHA is committed to continued support of Canada’s first-ever workplace Standard. We are helping Canadian businesses – big and small – implement the Standard by offering specific training and support through our national workplace mental health programs including, Mental Health Works and our annual national Bottom Line workplace conference,” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA.

CMHA is dedicated to implementing the Standard across its 120-plus community locations across Canada.

“We are also ‘walking the talk’ to make the Standard come alive within our own national network of community CMHA locations,” says Coleridge.

Several CMHA locations are adopting the Standard. For example, CMHA Ontario, CMHA Calgary, CMHA Edmonton and CMHA Camrose are in their early implementation stages. These locations will share their learnings, experience and training with other CMHA community locations to help them adopt the Standard.

The creation of the Standard is an important first step in providing a framework to prevent workplace related mental health problems and illnesses in Canadian businesses. The Standard contains important implementation guidelines but these are not easily adoptable by smaller organizations.

“What is now needed is a tailored implementation guide for smaller businesses so they too can successfully adopt, implement and sustain mentally healthy workplaces,” says Sarika Gundu, National Director, Workplace Mental Health Program, CMHA National. “CMHA is a unique organization that consists of large and small community locations, with both unionized and non-unionized employees. Based on our implementation experiences, we will develop Standard implementation resources and share these with businesses across Canada.”

As the CMHA nation-wide workplace mental health program development sponsor, Great-West Life and the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, are providing funding and support for staff and other resources to improve CMHA’s capacity to develop and deliver workplace mental health programs and services across Canada.

CMHA will build on its existing workplace initiatives and develop a comprehensive nation-wide program to better support large and small businesses so they can more easily implement the Standard and better protect their employees’ mental health.

To learn more about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada, please visit:

For more information on CMHA’s workplace training and services, please go to:

The Bottom Line Conference runs March 5-6 in Vancouver and March 4-6 in Calgary. Please visit: to register and for more information.

About Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

CMHA was founded in 1918 and is one of Canada’s oldest not-for-profit organizations.   With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers in over 120 communities across Canada, CMHA provides vital services and support to well over half a million Canadians every year.  As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.

Please visit for more information.  

For further information, please contact:

Carolyn Lovas
Senior Communications and Media Advisor, CMHA, National
(416) 979-7948

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