Education and Training Coordinator
Breakout: Canadian Standard for Workplace Psychological Safety
Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia
Day 1 - 1:30PM - 2:30PM
As an Education and Training Coordinator, Lindsay Miller works to reduce stigma through education, increase public awareness and utilization of available mental health resources, and promote the impacts of Social Determinants of Health and Socio-Economic Status on mental health.
Lindsay believes that community support is often under estimated as a valuable mental health resource, and is driven to contribute to strengthening those systems through accessible mental health education, increasing awareness of free and low-cost resources, and advocating for easier access to the formal mental health system when it is needed.
When not at work, Lindsay is an auntie to many kiddos in their community, they also volunteer with a books-to-prisoners library collective called Books Beyond Bars. They also work with their lab/pit mix Pippin to help her get braver about the world, as well as working part time on a farm in the Annapolis Valley.
It has recently become evident that there is a need to examine and address the state of the psychological health and safety in Canadian workplaces. The Mental Health Commission of Canada commissioned a report by Martin Shain titled “Tracking the Perfect Legal Storm.” The report concluded that there is a legal need for employers, organizations and companies to take steps to ensure that their workplaces are a psychologically safe place for all employees. This idea would put psychological safety on par with physical safety.
The 14 Psychological Standards act as a framework for employers to follow to transform their workplaces into truly supportive environments where all aspects of employee safety are highlighted and protected. The standards are a great resource for all levels of management, human resource staff, union representatives and employees alike to ensure that all individuals in the workplace are treated fairly, respectfully and inclusively, leading to a more productive, creative and positive environment.