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Supporting healthcare workers’ mental health is good for patient care

October 2, 2018
The Globe and Mail - Bill Howatt and Louise Bradley

The benefits of entrenching psychological health and safety in the workplace can no longer be dismissed. In healthcare settings, psychological health and safety is inherently linked to improved patient care. The healthcare sector has embraced the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace(the Standard) to great effect and is bringing the mental health conversation into workplaces across the country.

At Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General, major changes are underway. Since the implementation of the Standard, the hospital has seen fewer days absent, decreased disability costs and improved patient engagement. These positive strides reflect the importance of nurturing the resilience and mental wellness of workers who are engaged in more stressful duties than the average employee.

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