A person is in a mentally healthy state when they are aware of their own capabilities, able to deal with everyday challenges, able to work efficiently and successfully, and able to give back to their community.
Physical and mental health are products of intricate interactions between a variety of personal and environmental factors, such as: genetics and family history of disease health and lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking, exercise, substance use) levels of toxicity exposure from occupational and personal stress experiencing trauma personal experiences and background access to assistance (e.g., timely healthcare, social supports) coping mechanisms Someone's mental health will suffer if demands placed on them beyond their capacity and ability to cope. Working long hours in challenging conditions and providing care for a relative or friend who is chronically unwell are two instances of typical responsibilities. Poverty, economic difficulty, and unemployment all have the potential to be detrimental to mental health.
What is a mental disorder?
An individual's cognitive, affective (emotional), or relational capacities are significantly impaired by a recognized, medically diagnosable mental disease. Mental disorders can be treated using methods similar to those used to treat physical disease and are caused by biological, developmental, and/or psychological factors (i.e., prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation).
What are safety and health in terms of the mind?
The word ""psychological"" is defined as ""of, connected to, affecting, or arising in the mind"" in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. The idea of ""psychological safety"" is guarding against harm to employees' mental health. A workplace that fosters employee mental health and does not intentionally, negligently, or recklessly endanger that health is psychologically safe and healthy. A psychologically secure workplace, for instance, would be devoid of extreme fear or ongoing anxiety.
What distinguishes a psychologically healthy workplace from a mentally healthy one?
Nothing—the same high-functioning, polite, and productive workplace is described by both psychologically and mentally healthy workplaces. When discussing preventing psychological injuries, the phrase ""psychologically healthy workplace"" is frequently used (e.g., stress-related emotional conditions resulting from real or imagined threats or injuries). The phrase ""mentally healthy workplace"" is frequently used in the context of promoting mental health and is understood to be a tactic for lowering risk factors for mental illness.
What effects do workplace psychosocial risk factors have on workers' health?
Traditionally, workplace health and safety has concentrated on mitigating risks that could result in physical injury, such as bodily injuries (e.g., cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc.). Workplaces should also give psychological hazards the same emphasis and attention as other hazards in order to have a complete or comprehensive strategy. There is compelling evidence that management techniques used in the workplace, as well as communication and engagement strategies, can have an impact on employees' mental health, both favorably and unfavorably. These procedures and frameworks are frequently referred to as ""psychosocial elements."" You can feel inspired, positively challenged, driven, and engaged by good influences. You may experience negative effects that make you feel dissatisfied, exhausted, unmotivated, and disconnected. For further information, see OSH Answers Mental Health - Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Workplace.
Where can I get additional details?
Canadian Mental Health Commission
Since 2007, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), which receives funding from Health Canada, has been creating programs and resources to assist the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Resources on psychological health and safety are available from the MHCC, including case studies, action guides, and movies that introduce the psychosocial aspects. GM@W (Guarding Minds at Work) a collection of free resources (including surveys, scorecards, audit forms, suggestions based on research, and evaluation techniques) that can be used to identify and address the psychosocial risk factors (PSRs) in your place of employment. CAN/CSA-Z1003-13 (BNQ 9700-803/2013) is a voluntary standard designed to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will help them be able to create and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy work environments for their employees. It is titled ""Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation."" The CSA website now hosts the standard for free. association for mental health in Canada Since 1918, people with mental health concerns have been receiving services from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), a non-profit group. The CMHA provides information about mental illness and how to understand your mental health. Canadian Government: Mental Health and Wellness Information from the Canadian government on suicide prevention, risk factors, symptoms, and treatments for mental illness. (*We included these groups in order to offer a possible referral that might be helpful. For more information about the organization's services, get in touch with them directly. Please be aware that the listing of these groups does not imply that CCOHS favors them above other organizations you may be aware of.) """