Mental health and work 1

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Drew Sousa

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain how employers and healthcare practitioners can work collaboratively to support an individual, with a mental health condition, to facilitate an effective return to work.  
  2. List the organizational factors required to provide a healthy work environment which supports an individual to obtain appropriate health care, facilitate a return to work and fully integrate into the workplace.  
  3. Describe how stigma impacts an individual’s ability to obtain appropriate health care.  

Session resources

CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a voluntary standard that specifies requirements for a documented and systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychologically healthy & safe workplace. Source: CSA Group
Didactic presentation: Mental health and work 1
In this presentation, Drew Sousa RN COHN (C) discusses how employers and healthcare providers can work collaboratively to support and facilitate return to work in an individual with a mental health condition, the organizational factors required to provide a healthy work environment, and how stigma impacts the ability to obtain appropriate healthcare services.
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Guide for health and safety committees and representatives
A joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is composed of worker and employer representatives. Committees identify potential health and safety issues and bring them to the employer’s attention and must be kept informed of health and safety developments in the workplace by the employer. Employer size (number of workers) is important in terms of the need for and size of a JHSC. Committees can potentially assist with the accommodation process. Source: Government of Ontario
Stress and mental health at work - management standards on stress
The management standards cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health, lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates. Source: UK government Health and Safety Executive

About presenter

Drew Sousa has been an occupational health nurse for over 25 years and is currently the executive director for the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA). Before this, Sousa retired from being the manager of the Employee Health Unit at the City of Mississauga where, for 17 years, she led a multidisciplinary team of claims and health-care professionals in managing the disability and wellness programs for city staff.

Sousa has a special interest in disability management and mental health. She had the honour of representing OOHNA at the technical committees that created the CSA standards, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and Workplace Disability Management System.

Sousa has a certificate in Workplace Mental Heath from Queens University and is a master trainer for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  She has been a speaker for numerous conferences, including Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association, Osgoode Certificate in Workplace Mental Health Law and other industry specific conferences.

Case presentations

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