500,000 Canadians miss work every day due to mental health related problems. A recent Conference Board of Canada Report in 2011, showed that the healthcare field has some of the highest rates of mental health problems among employees (Chénier, 2011). Specifically, Long Term Care is under the burden of increasing resident acuity and as well as undergoing constant scrutiny to achieve quality care in the absence of additional resources. The industry is beginning to show the signs of strain in the form of deteriorating employee mental health. Depression affects 9% of everyday citizens, but 18% of nurses experience symptoms of depression (Minority Nurse, 2016). Mental health problems among healthcare workers can also result in:
- Increased critical incidents and resident abuse
- Increased family complaints
- Bullying/harassment and workplace toxicity
- Increased operational costs due to sick time and replacement
- WSIB/ Physical and stress-related leaves accounting for 30% of disability claims and 70% of total costs
- Increased labour management problems
- Increased government intervention (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Ministry of Labour)
- The organization becomes vulnerable to legal action
How Silver Meridian Can Help
Silver Meridian has acquired the rights and credentials to provide workplace mental health programs developed by Stressed Out Solutions, to individual Long Term Care Homes and LTC Organizations.
Workplace Mental Health Program: Comprehensive Workplace Needs Assessment and Training
Through the comprehensive and validated approach, Silver Meridian is able to:
- Conduct an organizational needs assessment on the impact of mental health problems in your workplace towards the development of a strategic plan.
- Train and equip people in leadership roles (Management Teams, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees) and front line staff on the prevention and management of workplace mental health problems.
Leadership Basic Training
Promoting positive mental health first begins with leadership. Managers and supervisors will gain skills to support and empower their employees relative to: removing stigma; proactively identifying signs and symptoms of mental health problems; methods to build resiliency; help employees achieve balance; assess potential risk; mobilize team supports and help the employee access resources.
Employees must develop awareness of how mental health affects them and their co-workers in the workplace. In the training, participants will learn: how mental health affects everyone; common mental illnesses and their symptoms; the importance of self-care; how to care of others; risk factors and the importance of accessing resources.
Benefits To Your Long Term Care Home
- Develop proactive strategies for the early detection and intervention of mental health concerns among employees.
- Increased skills and confidence of those in a supervisory/management or health and safety role to assist staff who disclose mental health problems.
- Reduced threat/liability on the part of the organization.
- Operational cost benefit/savings to the organization through reduced absenteeism (sick time and replacement costs).
Chénier, K. T. (2011). Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives of Canadian Workers and Front-Line Managers. Conference Board of Canada.
Minority Nurse. (2016). Depression in Nurses: The Unspoken Epidemic.