In Saskatchewan, mental health claims have increased 75 per cent over the last three years.
Safe and healthy workspaces are the main priority for Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).
Through the WorkSafe website, there is an array of psychological health and safety courses that has been developed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). WorkSafe has partnered with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to offer Saskatchewan employers and workers courses at a fraction of the standard cost.
“At WorkSafe, we are working to provide employers with training on how to create psychologically healthy workplaces for employees and how to support employees when they are experiencing mental health challenges,” said Kevin Mooney, director of prevention at WCB, in a press release.
The online training includes both theory and practical application for Saskatchewan employers to train their workforces. Through six online modules, all levels of workers will benefit through this resiliency course.
As well, there is an option for employees to enroll in one or both online certificate programs. The Certificate in Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work program is ideal for supervisors and managers who are supporting the individual employee experiencing emotional distress or mental health issues.
For organizational leaders, the Advanced Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace program will help to implement a supportive system.
“Our goal is to help reduce the stigma around mental health issues in the workplace and create psychologically safe work environments,” said Mooney. “Workers will benefit from a psychologically supported work environment. Employers will be educated to identify the signs and take appropriate action, and also benefit from keeping experienced and valued employees in their workforce.”
Registration is open through the WorkSafe website for all UFred and CCOHS online training courses.