Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Across the province, we’ve seen attitudes towards safety shifting. More fishermen use PFDs, more health care workers use proper lifts, and more conversations are being had around injury prevention. However, Nova Scotia is facing challenges when it comes to psychological health and safety in the workplace. 

An important issue for Nova Scotia

A workplace that is psychologically healthy and safe will respect and listen to workers, act on their concerns, and provide opportunities for workers to have some control over their work. This often results in fewer work-related injuries and illnesses, less time loss and shorter time off work when injuries and illnesses occur, less absenteeism, and more productive and engaged workers. 

Creating psychologically healthy and safe workplaces in Nova Scotia

Knowing the psychosocial factors that impact an employees psychological response to work and work conditions that can lead to psychological health problems is a first step in fostering a mentally healthy workplace. As defined by Guarding Minds at Work, there are 13 psychosocial factors as follows: 

  • Organizational culture
  • Clear leadership and expectations
  • Civility and respect
  • Psychological job demands 
  • Growth and development
  • Recognition and reward
  • Involvement and influence
  • Workload management
  • Engagement
  • Work/life balance
  • Psychological protection from violence, bullying and harassment
  • Protection of physical safety
  • Protection of psychological safety 

Tools, resources and links

As we prepare to support Nova Scotia workers and employers impacted by gradual onset psychological injury, we’ve created a collection of links, resources and guides. 

Please check back often - we will continue to keep information up to date and available to all, as we work together to create psychologically healthy workplaces. 

Overall guides, standards and more

National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace 

Workplace Mental Health: Mental Health Commission of Canada 

Workplace Mental Health: Canadian Mental Health Association

Health and Wellness: Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Wellness

Specific tools and topics: A closer look

Bullying and Harassment 

  • Harassment and Violence: Assessing the risk **Assess the risk: Harassment and violence risk assessment tool (Sample, customize for your workplace. Please note - specific requirements noted on this page refer to federally regulated workplaces.)

Industry specific resources

Mental health in the construction sector

Leader safety playbook: Long term care, home care and disability support


A long-time supporter of workplace safety and mental health, Linda Corkum recognized the need to provide mental health education and training through her role as Executive Director at the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association. There, she brought in The Working Mind Program making it the first trucking association in Canada to implement the program.