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Worker mental health requires treatment AND prevention

Governments recently announced funding for a new Ontario health facility dedicated to treating first responders and medical workers for post-traumatic stress injuries.
 
The facility will aim to provide a safe space to serve the unique needs of this group as well as work to break the stigma around mental health. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics account for a little over a third of all work-related mental stress injury claims in Ontario. The number of workers battling mental health is likely higher as many suffer in silence.
 
As with any work-related injury or illness however, treatment is only one part the solution. Those working to spare workers trauma in the first place, advocate proactive and preventative approaches. Working to reduce and ultimately eliminate psychosocial hazards in the workplace prevents the mental injuries they cause, but also the related economic and social ills felt by workers, their families, communities, and employers.  With this approach comes much needed awareness and training.
 
Preventative measures for a safer and healthier workplace
www.whsc.on.ca/Training/Training-Registration

Solutions-focused training

Proactive workplace interventions should be a given. Quality training is fundamental.  
 
Our program entitled, Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health is aimed at supporting workers, their representatives and supervisors in pursuit of concrete workplace action.
WHAT: Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health – Virtual 
WHERE: Online, virtual classroom
WHEN: Tuesday, June 21 | 1:00PM-4:00PM
OR
Wednesday, July 6 | 1:00PM-4:00PM
COST: $75.00

Please note: Registration closes two weeks before each training date.

Our program content

Participants will:
  • gain an understanding of psychosocial work hazards
  • explore the health effects associated with these hazards
  • discuss a range of related workplace factors from job demands/job control and worker engagement to civility and respect
  • learn to identify and assess psychosocial hazards, including physical and cognitive demands analysis and workplace surveys
  • develop preventative and protective measures for a safer and healthier workplace, including proper policies and programs.

Need more information?
Additional training: Check out all WHSC programs
Contact a WHSC training services representative in your area.
Email: contactus@whsc.on.ca
Visit: www.whsc.on.ca
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