The importance of training for mental health

Choosing right program critical to ensuring maximum effectiveness
By Jacqueline Delfosse and Denise Richardson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2017

Many Canadian employers have come to realize that supporting and promoting workplace mental health offers real advantages in terms of reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and better overall employee well-being. And yet only 39 per cent have implemented a mental health strategy, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 study Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs.

One of the reasons why — cited by 32 per cent of the 239 respondents — was a lack of corporate knowledge on how to do so. There is no single approach applicable to all workforces: An effective mental health strategy focuses on specific workplace needs. However, even very diverse organizations agree that one essential component for a mental health strategy is training — although exactly when, how and who receives that training varies.

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