Mental Health in the Workplace: An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff

Mental Health in the Workplace: An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff was produced by Mental Health Works to help employers and managers understand how to assist a colleague with a mental health concern and appropriately accommodate them in the workplace.

This guide outlines key skills employers and managers in Ontario workplaces should have when an employee presents a mental health concern. It’s divided into three parts that are intended to build awareness around mental health concerns and mental illnesses, teach appropriate responding skills, and inform organizations on ways to collaborate with employees to make the workplace more accessible.

Mental Health in the Workplace: An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff was developed as part of the EnAbling Change program, an initiative of the Accessibility Outreach & Education Unit, in partnership with the Ontario government. It’s meant to orient employers and supervisors to their responsibilities under the Accessible Employment Standard and provide workers in Ontario with practical techniques on how to request accommodation.

For more information on the Accessible Employment Standard in Ontario, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessible-workplaces.

Mental Health Works video series

To supplement this resource, Mental Health Works also has a video series that includes an outline of the Accessible Employment Standard as well as an interview with Ontario Justice Ted Kelly on how to address mental health in the workplace.

Starting the conversation – interview with Justice Ted Kelly

Accessible Employment Standard, Part 1, Overview

Accessible Employment Standard, Part 2, The six requirements

Accessible Employment Standard, Part 3, Accessible hiring practices

Accessible Employment Standard, Part 4, Common accommodations in hiring

Accessible Employment Standard, Part 5, Sample hiring notices


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