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Psychological Health and Safety Toolkit for Primary Care Teams and Training Programs

This toolkit aims to empower comprehensive primary care teams and training programs to promote psychological health and safety through a set of curated, evidence-informed resources focused on team-based activities, policies, and practices.
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What is psychological health and safety?

Psychological health is a form of well-being that allows individuals to think, feel, and behave in a manner that enables them to perform effectively in their work environments, personal lives, and in society at large (Samra et al, 2022).

Psychological safety is a condition in which people are free from threats of harm to their psychological health (MHCC, 2019).

Psychological health and safety is a way people interact with one another as well as the way working conditions and management practices are structured within the workplace (CSA, 2013).

Seven themes for workplace psychological health and safety

The resources in this toolkit are organized by seven themes, based on a clustering of the psychosocial factors identified in Canada’s National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Organizational and team culture

Organizational and team culture

Workload and work-life

Workload management and work-life balance

Successful attractive female doctor or surgeon in scrubs standing with folded arms in front of an African male doctor or consultant conceptual of an expert medical team, on white

Clear leadership and expectations

Psychological protection

Protection of physical safety

Protection of physical safety

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Protection from moral distress

Support for self-care

Support for psychological self-care

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Reflective Debriefing 

A protocol to help alleviate moral distress through regular, social worker-facilitated debriefings that include reflective and educational components.

Reflective Debriefing 

A protocol to help alleviate moral distress through regular, social worker-facilitated debriefings that include reflective and educational components.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Browning & Cruz
Tags
reflective practice, moral distress
Audience
Health worker
Theme
Workload management and work-life balance, Protection from moral distress
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Free
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Article (Peer reviewed)
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Specific to healthcare
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Community care, Home care, Online setting, Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic
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Not explicitly
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English
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The Working Mind Healthcare

This training program aims to give health-care workers a number of tools to promote their mental health in the workplace...

The Working Mind Healthcare

This training program aims to give health-care workers a number of tools to promote their mental health in the workplace while reducing the stigma related to mental health problems and illnesses.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

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Mental Health Commission of Canada
Tags
mental health, reduce stigma, support colleagues
Audience
Manager/Supervisor/Director, Health worker
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Organizational and team culture, Clear leadership and expectations, Psychological protection
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Fee
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Course/Training/Workshop
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Specific to healthcare
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Community care, Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic
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Not explicitly
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Bilingual
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Faculty Support Calls 

A paper describing a voluntary and informal program using one-hour group support video calls to help medical faculty address challenges,...

Faculty Support Calls 

A paper describing a voluntary and informal program using one-hour group support video calls to help medical faculty address challenges, share coping strategies, and describe lessons learned. While it was adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program, can be used to support medical faculty outside that context.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

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Schulte et al.
Tags
validation, virtual, voluntary, informal, group support, brainstorming
Audience
Health-care educator/Trainer
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Support for psychological self-care
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Free
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Article (Peer reviewed)
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Specific to primary care
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Hospital
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Not explicitly
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English
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Psychological Health and Safety Toolkit for Pharmacy Leaders

A practical tool focused on operationalizing psychological health and safety in pharmacy practice. It also addresses psychosocial factors that can...

Psychological Health and Safety Toolkit for Pharmacy Leaders

A practical tool focused on operationalizing psychological health and safety in pharmacy practice. It also addresses psychosocial factors that can impact psychological health and safety in the workplace and offers guidance on talking to employees about mental health.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

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Oliver & Crewe
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Psychological health and safety
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Manager/Supervisor/Director, Human resource representative
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Organizational and team culture, Workload management and work-life balance, Clear leadership and expectations, Psychological protection, Protection of physical safety, Protection from moral distress, Support for psychological self-care
Cost
Free
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Guide/Tool/Toolkit
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Specific to healthcare
Setting
Other
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Not explicitly
Language
English

Disclaimer: This inventory is by no means exhaustive. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada are unable to comment on the quality of individual programs or services. Consequently, their inclusion in this toolkit should not be considered an endorsement of particular programs or organizations.

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