WorkSafe Sask. connects employers with psychological health expertise

Saskatoon, SK – Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in mental health claims accepted. In response, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is hosting a one-day learning event for employers, human resource professionals and mental health experts in Saskatoon to bring awareness to psychological health and safety in the workplace. With over 325 attendees registered, today’s event features mental health experts from both industry and academia.

“While psychological claims only equate to a small percentage of all workplace injury claims accepted, the increase in the rate of acceptance is concerning,” said Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the WCB. “The response to our learning event shows the need with employers to offer resources of this nature.”

During the morning session, Dr. Rakesh Jetly, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, will deliver a presentation titled The Canadian Armed Forces’ Road to Mental Resiliency where he will share the Canadian Armed Forces’ efforts over the past two decades to address the psychological burden of mental illness in the men and women that serve.

Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk, will kick off the afternoon session. Her presentation, Bell Let’s Talk – Making an Impact on the Mental Health of Canadians, provides an overview of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative with a focus on workplace mental health, sharing lessons learned from organization who have implemented their own workplace health and wellness programs.

Other presenters throughout the day include Michael Lavis and Rory McCorriston from Creative Options Regina and John O’Connor from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division.

In addition to the learning event, WorkSafe Saskatchewan recently signed a partnership agreement with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to offer employers online resiliency training courses. Additional resources are also available to employers who are interested in establishing systems and programs that protect the psychological health and wellness of their employees.

“We are encouraging all employers in attendance today to take advantage of the training courses available from UFred,” said Mooney. “These courses, paired with today’s event, will serve as a foundation for employers to become educated on the importance of a positive workplace environment and provide the tools to establish and promote a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.”

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Pilsner
Senior Marketing Manager
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Phone: 306.787.4651
Cell: 306.519.4220
jpilsner@wcbsask.com