B.C. launches digital resource hub for workplace mental health

Tools available to employers and employees in sectors hit hard by the pandemic

Some of the resources available on the provincial government's hub for workplace mental health | BC's Hub for Workplace Mental Health

The provincial government has launched a digital mental health resource hub to assist employers and employees in sectors hit hard by the pandemic.

Those working in tourism, hospitality and community social services sectors can access online tools to help resolve workplace conflicts, manage stress, build resiliency and improve mental health.

Next month, BC's Hub for Workplace Mental Health will expand to include a training and coaching platform to help workplace leaders support the long-term wellbeing of their teams.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people working in tourism, hospitality and social services," said Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions, in a news release.

“I’m grateful to workplace leaders stepping up to promote positive mental health for their employees. This will have a lasting impact on people in the months and years ahead.”

Two million dollars of B.C.’s $1.5 billion economic recovery plan went into the hub and its upcoming training platform, which are being developed in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s B.C. division and safety associations.

B.C.’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction contributed $1 million to extend the platform’s tools to the community social services sector.

Resources on the site currently include advice, articles and access to workshops and webinars, and more resources and content will be added on a continual basis. The hub also has the potential to expand to address mental health needs in other sectors.

More information is available at workmentalhealthbc.ca.

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