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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.


Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal", 2016, 11 (3), pp. 36

Mental Health Works

A CMHA initiative, Mental Health Works provides one- to six-hour workshops on workplace mental health for both employers and employees, teaching skills for responding to challenging situations.

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

The Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health, and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

Mental Health and Work online course

Using online tools, exercises, and case studies, this web course enables participants to develop effective skills and strategies for returning to work. Registration is free for a limited time.

Working Through It

In this video series real people share their experiences of working through times of mental health pressures at work, off work, and returning to work. It also features free downloadable resources.

Mental Health in the Workplace, Manager’s Guide

A Canadian-government-authored guide to help managers cope when they believe an employee might be dealing with a mental illness.

Unemployment and Mental Health: Shoring yourself up for the long-haul

In this slideshow, a Boston College (USA) professor gives advice on dealing with the stress of unemployment, and reviews sources of support and job search strategies.

Institute for Work and Health: Unemployment and mental health

Ontario’s Institute of Work and Health summarizes key research that shows the negative impacts of unemployment on mental health. This briefing also explores the implications of this for government policy-makers, and for health and safety service providers.

Unemployment, Mental Health and Substance Use info sheet

HeretoHelp, the group that brings you Visions, examines the effects of both employment and unemployment on mental health, and why it’s often more difficult for people with a mental illness to find and keep employment. It also offers helpful advice for coping with unemployment.

BC Centre for Employment Excellence: Employment programs search tool

This useful search tool from the BC Centre for Employment Excellence helps employment advisors identify publicly-funded employment programs for their clients (other than the widely used Employment Program of BC (EPBC) offered at WorkBC centres).


If you are no longer at work for any reason, there are many enjoyable and meaningful ways to fill your time, socialize and meet others with common interests. Here are two examples:


A Meetup Group is a local community of people that hosts face-to-face meetings that are a great way to meet people and try out activities. Find ‘Meetups’ in your local area that cover most activities—from salsa dancing, to politics, to rock climbing.


Find your local volunteer centre and join the 1.5 million people who volunteer in BC each year.


This list is not comprehensive and does not necessarily imply endorsement of all the content available in these resources.

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