A survey of Thunder Bay employers found that 40% indicated mental health as a high priority issue (Thunder Bay District Health Unit, unpublished). Mental illness is to the 21st century what physical industrial diseases were to the 19th and 20th centuries. Identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating tools and interventions designed to mitigate impacts of mental health disorders on workers and workplaces remains an ongoing challenge.
The Institute has attracted a number of students interested in workplace mental health. Given the importance of this topic to local employers, we are well positioned to address stakeholders’ and knowledge users’ concerns in this area for a number of years. We will continue to build on current collaborations with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (Superior Mental Wellness @ Work), and others to address this important topic.
Dr. Deborah Scharf, with considerable experience working in the area of mental health in the workplace, is the theme leader for this area of the Institute.
Check out our current projects addressing mental health in the workplace! If you are interested in learning more about the NOWWHS cohort study, please visit www.workinghealth.ca or check out our News & Events page!