Office of Workplace Mental Health

The Office of Workplace Mental Health helps government employees and managers find resources, tools and supports to help their mental health and well-being. We work to develop partnerships with mental health service providers throughout the province. We also help managers support mental health and wellness by providing education and resources.

Services are confidential and available to all employees of the Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund, Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation, Innovacorp, Events East, Nova Scotia Lands, , Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation and Tourism Nova Scotia).

Responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • helping employees find mental health resources
  • sharing knowledge of mental health and wellness in the workplace
  • helping managers talk about mental health with employees and understand boundaries of support
  • promoting early identification and supporting issues related to mental health and well-being
  • improving employees’ skills so they can create healthy workplaces
  • establishing partnerships with external community supports around mental health and well-being

Priorities

From 2018 to 2019, our priorities are:

  • following the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • providing confidential mental health and wellness support
  • providing issue-specific support for employees and managers
  • developing partnerships with community supports around mental health and well-being
  • identifying and developing relationships with health systems, resources and supports
  • helping managers talk about mental health with their employees and understand what actions they can take to protect psychological health and safety in the workplace
  • creating a workplace that supports mental health and well-being

Who we are

The Office of Workplace Mental Health is a government partnership between the Public Service Commission, Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU), CUPE 1867 and the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund. The office has 8 staff across the province who help employees find mental health and wellness resources and services.

Our partners

Contact

Office of Workplace Mental Health
1800 Argyle St
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3N8

Phone: 902-424-2273
Toll-free: 1-833-389-2273
owmh@novascotia.ca