Mental distress

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How do I deal with co-workers or employees who are in mental distress?

Category: People | Topic: Mental Health

Answered On: September 10, 2020


Answered by: Janet Smith, Klinic Community Health

Mental health awareness is growing in Canada and various resources are available to help Canadian producers and their employees during difficult times.

If you or someone you know is in mental distress or having thoughts of suicide, there are places to turn for support and information. A list of distress centres located across the country and available 24 hours can be accessed here.

Do More Ag, a not-for-profit organization focusing solely on mental health in agriculture across Canada, also put together a list of resources designed specifically for Canadian producers and ag professionals.

Additional resources and information are also available on the topic of workplace mental health.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada provides a range of tools and programs to improve Canadians` mental health and well-being. For example, The Working Mind is one of their core evidence-based program aimed at promoting mental health and reducing the stigma around mental illness in the workplace. Lastly, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada has a Workplace Mental Health section on their website specifically tailored to employers and employees.