Western introduces program to support employees with mental wellness

Western University is rolling out a program to support mental health and wellness among employees, reports the London Free Press. The Free Press reports that mental health issues account for nearly half of the long-term disabilities claims among faculty and staff at the university, which cost about $1M per year. The university is implementing the Healthy Minds program, which is a tool that is adapted from the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace. “[The program] has identified a number of factors that promote mental health and prevent psychological harm,” said Lindsay Plaisant, Western’s manager of employee well-being. “At Western, we recognize the importance of creating a safe environment that enhances the overall well-being of our community.” Western has also made a mental health literacy module available to staff, faculty, and graduate students. London Free Press Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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