A healthy and safe workplace includes both your physical and your psychological health and safety. You rely on your employers
for guidance and support on the job, especially if it's your first one. You and your employer both have important roles to
play when it comes to creating a workplace where you feel respected, valued and supported.
Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace:
As an employer, you can develop a culture
that prioritizes psychological health and safety. We encourage you to use this resource to help support the
health and safety of the young workers at your organization. Note that we do not suggest employers serve as mental
experts, nor does this resource replace mental health care. If someone is in immediate danger or needs urgent
support, call 911. Free
and confidential mental health support is also a call away.
About Young Workers (aged 15-24)
They are stressed. Teens and young adults may be overwhelmed due to a variety of
engaging in work - which may be new and unfamiliar - can increase stress. The impact this can have
psychological health and safety may be poorly understood by young workers. In fact, the rates of
distress are higher for young people aged 15-24 than for any other age group1.
They may be unsure of where to find support. Young workers may not know the
procedures to ask questions, express concerns, or seek support related to psychological health and
This could be because they are new to the workplace, are uncomfortable talking to authority, or
They want their workplace to take psychological health and safety seriously.
support for psychological health is the number one workplace benefit young workers want, after a
savings plan. Although the ability to discuss psychological health and safety at work is something
what they really want to see is action in the way of policies and benefits.
Consider each of these factors when supporting your young workers. It's important that you demonstrate
importance of prioritizing psychological health and safety, ensure they know who to approach when they
concerns, and consider the resources and benefits you can offer to help your young workers feel safe
supported at work.
Investigate the following areas to see how your workplace's processes and
can support your
young workers' psychological health and safety. Although this list is not exhaustive, it is a good starting
to help you begin your journey. Learn more about your important roles.
Leadership: Commit to organizational
leadership to enhance psychological health
Incorporate psychological health and safety strategies into your overall occupational health
Senior leaders are engaged and committed to supporting psychological health and safety
Endorse a wellness committee/psychological health and safety champion/community of practice
Evaluate your workplace's psychological health and safety interventions by selecting key
metrics and determining data collection methods
Assess: Assess the psychological health of
your organization. Identify and
potential psychological hazards and take action to mitigate risks.
Survey your workers using a tool (e.g. Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire, StressAssess,
model) that provides a risk report of strengths and areas for improvement
Create a plan to address and reduce psychological hazards in your workplace based on the
Prevention: Implement strategies that
reduce psychosocial harm and promote
psychological health and safety
in alignment with the recommendations of theNational Standard of Canada for Psychological
Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
Incorporate the Standard into your health and safety management system
Support work-home balance and provide accommodations
Provide self-care tools and resources (e.g., workbooks, webinars, websites)
Provide employee and family assistance programs (EFAP)
Social Support: Develop programs for young
workers to foster connection with peers
leadership in the workplace, and to encourage communication and support.
A peer support program provides a space for peers to connect about work-related stressors
Manager/supervisor mentorship supports professional development, learning and growth
Culture: Facilitate a psychologically safe
culture to ensure all workers feel safe
Implement and maintain a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, harassment, and violence
young workers to report to management about any concerns, issues or incidents.
Provide tools and resources to show younger workers how to report
Training and Supports
Training and Supports: Provide training to
workplaces and workers about fair and
treatment of young workers.
Respectful workplace policy including workplace violence and harassment training
Crisis response planning
Stress management training/resiliency and coping skills training/self-assessment techniques
Tips for talking about mental health, and dispelling mental health myths and stigma
The following resources can help you promote and maintain a safe and healthy workplace and put your
knowledge into practice at the job site.
Although some links reference legislation that is specific to their jurisdiction, the information and
are a fantastic guide to developing and maintaining your own young worker safety program, especially
psychological health and safety.
Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace: A
Your employer is responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace, and as a worker, you have a responsibility
to be ready to work, physically, mentally and socially. Learn more about your important roles.
Here are some resources to help you and your family learn more about mental health at work.