Psychological Health and Safety
Memorial University recognizes the importance of psychological health and safety in the workplace. The physical and psychological health and safety of our faculty, staff and students is paramount. Memorial will continue to ensure well-being through healthy lifestyles and mental health supports, education and awareness training.
In 2013, the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released. This standard is known as CSA Standard Z1003-13 (R2018) "Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation." It is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work. It is promotion of the idea that mental health is the foundation of well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. While the national standard for psychological health and safety is voluntary, prevention of workplace violence and harasement is a requirement of Newfoundland and Labrador's occupational health and safety legislation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for mental health supports is apparent. The thirteen factors of a psychological health and safety management system in a workplace are:
- Organizational Culture
- Psychological and Social Support
- Clear Leadership & Expectations
- Civility & Respect
- Psychological Demands
- Growth & Development
- Recognition & Reward
- Involvement & Influence
- Workload Management
- Psychological Protection
- Protection of Physical Safety
The below three links are free webinars designed to provide additional information and mental health support specifically during the pandemic. They are offered by My Workplace Health located in British Columbia and are hosted by Dr. Joti Samra.
Ensuring good psychological health and safety in the workplace is vitally important. Anyone with urgent mental health concerns should avail of the following community-based services:
- 24-hour mental health crisis line: (709) 737-4668 (local) or 1-888-737-4668 (province-wide).
- Mobile Crisis Response Team: 1-888-737-4668 St. John’s Region.
- 24-hour Walk-in Psychiatric Assessment Unit at the Waterford Hospital Site on Waterford Bridge Road: (709) 777-3021 or (709) 777-3022.
- Health Sciences Emergency Department on Columbus Drive in St. John’s: (709) 777-6335.
For off-campus emergencies, you can also dial 911, or if you are able, proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.