Workers, employers hear from experts on workplace mental health

WorkSafe Sask. hosts second annual psychological health and safety learning event

Regina, Sask., Dec. 3, 2019 – In response to the increase in job-related mental health claims in Saskatchewan, WorkSafe Saskatchewan – the partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety – is working to provide resources for workers and employers on psychological health and safety. That is why WorkSafe is hosting the second annual Psychological Health and Safety Workshop, taking place today at the Delta Hotel in Regina. Close to 350 senior leaders, disability and human resource managers from across the province will hear from leading Canadian industry and academic experts at the one-day learning event.

“Psychological claims still only represent a small percentage (1.2 per cent) of all the work-related claims submitted to the WCB,” said Annette Goski, the WCB’s interim director of prevention. “However, the number of mental health WCB claims rose by 142 per cent from 2016 to 2018. Events like this are important to help us all understand the reasons behind that increase. Sharing resources and working toward solutions with workers and employers is so important in our province.”

One of the featured speakers is Dr. Joti Samra from Vancouver. Dr. Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resiliency, whose research over the last decade has significantly contributed to the evolution and development of a national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Workshop attendees will also hear presentations on incorporating mental health training into company wellness programs, online workplace mental health training programs and the evolution of a psychologically safe workplace at the City of Regina.

“Sharing information is a key to tackling the rise in mental health issues in workplaces, not just in Saskatchewan, but across the country,” said Goski. “That’s why we are so pleased to see so many industries and workplaces represented here today. Many of them have launched their own successful mental health initiatives and it’s important to hear and share those stories.”

In addition to hosting the annual workshop, WorkSafe Saskatchewan features a number of mental health and safety resources for workers and employers at www.worksafesask.ca. Those resources include links to online training developed through partnerships with the University of Fredericton and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, as well as the Saskatchewan first responders’ mental health website at www.saskfirstrespondersmentalhealth.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Goudy
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Phone: 306.787.6714
Cell: 306.533.9746
Email: lgoudy@wcbsask.com