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Human Resources Play Key Role in Workplace Mental Health

July 2, 2013

With an increasing number of new graduates pursuing careers in Human Resources, HR staff can play a crucial role in educating employees and intervening when mental health issues arise in the workplace, according to an article in JobPostings magazine.

The publication, distributed to every major college and university campus in Canada, reports that HR staff can serve as support for employees with mental health challenges and direct them toward a path of recovery.

Photo of Kathy Jurgens, Program Manager of CMHA's Mental Health Works programThe article features Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Works program manager Kathy Jurgens, who explains the importance of training HR staff on how to deal with mental health crises in the workplace.  Jurgens points out that providing specialized training for HR staff helps to diminish the general lack of understanding surrounding mental illness, which often leads to stigma and discrimination at work.

Mental Health Works is a national CMHA initiative dedicated to building capacity within Canadian workplaces to effectively address the many issues related to mental health in the workplace. Its head office is located at CMHA Ontario.

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