Mental health issues are inadequately addressed in many workplaces, and mental health claims are often denied by the WSIB. CUPE Ontario has created this page to provide information and resources about preventing psychological injury, and about the process for filing and appealing workplace mental health claims.
The first step is to assess workplace hazards. Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers provides useful Mental Injury Tools and a survey on their website. Your local can also contact your CUPE National staff rep and specialists for help.
Once you have assessed the workplace hazards, make recommendations at your Joint Health & Safety Committee. At that point, you can also seek help from a Ministry of Labour inspector. If that Inspector fails to write orders, then you can appeal it.
Tools & Resources
- Mental Injury Tools for Injured Workers – a slide show on prevention, intervention and compensation in regards to mental injuries and mental health, from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
- Mental Health in the Workplace – a slide show on presenteeism and mental health from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada
- The Standard, the Law and CUPE – a slide show on legal opportunities for addressing workplace mental injuries, by Martin Shain, S.J.D.
- Workplace First Aid Includes Mental Health – a slide show from the Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Preventing and Managing Workplace Violence in Healthcare – a slide show on Ontario’s Violence Prevention Partnership by the Public Services Health and Safety Association