According to a new report commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, Canadian workplaces are becoming psychologically safer. Dr. Joti Samra led the research effort for The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada: Research Report, through the University of Fredericton (UFred).

Moving Psychological Health and Safety Research Forward

Dr. Samra is the Program Lead for the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at UFred, a position she has held since 2014. An innovator in the field of psychological health and wellness in the workplace, she has led the development of a suite of online certificates in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace with UFred.

Dr. Samra’s report represents an overview of research findings examining the trend towards psychological health and safety and a dramatic shift in the perception of workplace mental health.

The Ipsos Surveys

The report is comprised of research highlights from a series of Ipsos Surveys that explored depression and psychological health and safety in the workplace. The surveys were carried out over the span of a decade with over 5,000 Canadian employees participating. This endeavor is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in Canada.

Survey Highlights Featured in the Report

The 2016 Ipsos survey reflected vast improvements in workplace mental health. Findings include:

• 77% of working Canadians indicated that attitudes toward workplace mental health issues are better
• 87% of working Canadians report improvements in media coverage of workplace mental health concerns
• More working Canadians – 79% – are aware of mental health conditions like depression

Research results indicate overwhelming support for the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, developed by a Technical Committee of which Dr. Joti Samra was a member.

Formal Release of the Report

The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and Dr. Joti Samra formally released the Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada: Research Report live in Toronto, at HRPA 2017. To view a copy of the full report, click here. To view the full press-release, click here.

About Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, established in 2007, will celebrate 10-years of “Advancing Workplace Mental Health” this year, 2017. It remains an invaluable source for strategies, training, and tools in support of psychological health and safety at work.