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Mental Health Learning Series

The Canada School of Public Service wants to do its part to change the culture around mental health and lift the associated stigma by offering learning to support the implementation of the Federal Public Service Workplace Mental Health Strategy. To foster a more respectful workplace, the School is developing effective learning tools and resources for employees at all levels.

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The impact of mental health in the workplace

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. Mental health refers to our state of well-being and, just like physical health, it is something we have to look after. It's not just about surviving, it's about thriving: enjoying life, having a sense of purpose, and being able to manage life's highs and lows.

Good mental health might look different from one person to another. But there are six common factors of well-being that cut across definitions, cultures and geographic boundaries. Good mental health includes:

  • a sense of purpose
  • strong relationships
  • feeling connected to others
  • having a good sense of self
  • coping with stress
  • enjoying life

Mental health includes our psychological and emotional well-being. As the foundation of our well-being, mental health is vital to living a healthy life and a key factor in our overall health. Poor mental health can lead to mental and physical illness.

Supporting the mental health of others

Enhance your knowledge of how to help your colleagues or team members with their mental well-being.

Substance use and addiction

Psychologically healthy workplaces

Explore all the ways you can contribute to a positive, inclusive and healthy workplace. Creating a healthy workplace is everyone's responsibility.

Job aids: Mental Health Job Aids for Managers: Psychosocial Factors
Videos: Psychosocial Factors

Resources for specific communities

Explore other courses, videos, and job aids available through the learning series of the Canada School of Public Service.


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