In 2017, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace commemorated its 10 year anniversary with the release of a free ebook (co-authored by Program Director, Mary Ann Baynton and Leanne Fournier of MightyWrite).
The retrospective documents the history and achievements in workplace mental health in Canada since 2007, including the establishment in 2013 of the trail-blazing National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
The Standard is among the first employer guideline of its kind worldwide. Since its inception, there have been more than 30,000 individual downloads, and hundreds – or, more likely, thousands – of workplaces are in the process of working towards psychological health and safety in their workplaces. Early success stories of these workplace pioneers are shared in this three-year case study conducted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The Standard now forms the basis of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) proposal. In five short years, the Standard has helped position Canada as an international leader in psychological health and safety, and countries around the world are looking to Canada for information to support their own efforts in this area.
Read more about the five-year anniversary of the Standard here.