Bell applauds release of national standard for mental health in the workplace
MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2013, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
-- Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace supports
mental health best practices at Canadian corporations and other
-- New standard developed with the support of health care leaders,
government, labour and corporations, including a $250,000
contribution from the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative
Bell today announced its support
of the new national Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard, developed by CSA Group and Bureau de normalisation du Québec
in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Development of the voluntary standard was supported by funding from
Bell, the Government of Canada, and the Great-West Life Centre for
Mental Health in the Workplace.
The first of its kind in the world, the standard offers guidance to
Canadian businesses and other organizations in addressing mental health
and mental illness in the workplace. With 500,000 Canadians missing
work each day because of a mental illness, the impact in lost
labour-market participation was an estimated $20.7 billion in 2012
"A cooperative effort between health care experts, government, labour
and corporations, this unique new standard will support and promote
mental health in the workplace and the broader community," said George
Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE. "As part of the Bell
Let's Talk mental health initiative, we are dedicated to implementing
programs and practices that support the mental health of all Bell team
members, and to working with other Canadian organizations in the
development of their own mental health programs."
Bell has undertaken a number of initiatives to foster a psychologically
healthy and safe work environment, including mental health training for
all Bell managers and an innovative return-to-work program for team
members affected by mental illness.
"Bell looks forward to integrating the national standard for
psychological health and safety into our extensive workplace mental
health approach," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let's Talk mental
health initiative. "Workplace support is essential to good mental
health, and we encourage all Canadian corporations to embrace this
voluntary standard as part of their own mental health initiatives."
Bell Let's Talk is a 5-year, $50-million program to promote Canadian
mental health based on 4 action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access,
research, and workplace best practices. With Bell Let's Talk Day as its
anti-stigma centrepiece, Bell's initiative is providing significant
funding for leading mental health hospitals and grassroots
organizations, driving new workplace initiatives across corporate
Canada, and supporting new research.
Bell Let's Talk Day is February 12
For every text message or long distance call made by Bell and Bell
Aliant customers and every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook
share of our Bell Let's Talk message on February 12, Bell will donate 5
cents more to mental health programs (regular long distance and text
charges apply). In 2012, 78 million text messages, long distance calls
and retweets by 8 million Canadians on Bell Let's Talk Day resulted in
$3,926,014.20 in additional funding for mental health.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell
Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell
Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business
Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology
(ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with
leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV,
Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched
specialty channels. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell products and
services, please visit Bell.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.
SOURCE: Bell Canada
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