Today is #BellLetsTalk day. Created by Canadian telecom company Bell Canada in 2011 as part of its Let's Talk initiative, Bell Let's Talk Day is the company's annual fundraiser about mental health and removing the stigma around conversations on the topic. Each year in January, people are encouraged to text and share on social media to get the conversation started and remove the stigma that is associated with Mental Health, and Bell donates money for each text and social media activity. (For the full list of ways you can participate this year, check this link out: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ )
Belmont has an Occupational Health & Safety Committee, and often when people think of this, they think of physical safety alone, not psychological safety. However, psychological safety is just as important in the workplace as physical safety. Employees who are stressed, anxious, or distracted have a much higher percentage chance of not paying attention to what they are doing and injuring themselves. Belmont recognizes this and actively works to address not only the physical well-being of staff, but the emotional and mental well-being as well, through measures like an Employee Assistance Program, work from home options when needed, an annual fitness credit which can be used for anything that helps promote physical or psychological well-being, and personal days.
Even the best organizations recognize that there’s always room for improvement, and Belmont has and will continue to look for ways to improve. For more information on the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces, check out the following link from the Workers Compensation Board of NS: http://www.worksafeforlife.ca/Home/Prevention-Education/Protecting-Your-Body/Psychologically-Healthy-Workplaces