Leading employees to good mental health

Organizations can use EAPs and wellness initiatives to keep workers healthy and productive
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2006

Managing mental health in the workplace doesn’t have to be complicated. Wellness programs, employer-sponsored initiatives that include programs to support physical and mental well-being, can increase employee’s resilience and make it more likely they’ll bounce back from stressful situations.

While an employee can be encouraged and supported to take part in these programs, there is a significant proportion of employees who don’t look after themselves, says Bill Wilkerson, executive director of the Toronto-based Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.

To prevent and manage serious mental health problems, an organization needs a good employee assistance program (EAP), he says.