New CMHA toolkit supports employees, employers with planning psychologically-safe return to the workplace

(Toronto, Aug. 20, 2020) – As Ontario’s economy gradually re-opens during the COVID-19 pand employees in navigating the mental health implications of returning to physical workplaces.

Developed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in partnership with Mental Health Works and procedures for supporting staff returning to the work environment.

For employees, anxiety about returning to the previous ways of working and guides readers through coping strategies.

Just as employees may be struggling with thoughts about returning to the workplace, employers are having to consider several elements that need to be addressed as part of return-to-work planning. This may range from creating physical safety and leave their offices, to the impact on productivity. This toolkit takes the employer perspective into consideration with guidelines that may help them take their employees’ mental health into consideration as they plan for a safe return to the workplace.

“The pand help employees come back to the workplace with a positive mindset.”

Return to the workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work is also available in French.

Fast facts:

  • According to research released by CMHA Ontario in May, 59 per cent on Ontarians are finding it hard to be productive while in self-isolation, despite trying to make a daily routine.
  • CMHA Ontario’s research indicated those who are employed are more likely to say they have a routine and at least somewhat follow it (51 per cent).
  • A recent study by Deloitte found that for every $1 spent on mental health promotion or initiatives in the workplace, participating organizations saw a $1.63 return on investment.

About Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. We work to improve the lives of all Ontarians through leadership, collaboration and addictions service providers across the province, serve approximately 500,000 Ontarians each year.


For more information, contact:

Justin Dickie
Communications Officer
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
T: 416-977-5580, ext. 4175



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