Mental health matters, at home and at work

January 26, 2022
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Today, as in previous years at this time, social media is filled with discussions seeking to raise awareness about mental health issues and initiatives. As the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic draws to a close, the numerous challenges brought about by this unprecedented crisis, be it in terms of physical or mental health, make it all the more important to reflect not only on the state of our healthcare infrastructure in general, but also on our mental health support systems at large.

Frontline and essential workers continue to be confronted with exceedingly taxing situations, and the need for a robust and accessible service infrastructure cannot be overstated if we wish to care for the mental well-being of Canadians everywhere – including in the workplace. In 2020, the Mental Health Commission of Canada published a study showing that nearly 9 in 10 Canadians want increased funding for mental health. In 2021, from a law enforcement perspective, Statistics Canada released a report making it clear that the pandemic had a significant impact on the mental well-being of the Canadian population, with some police services reporting a 13% increase in well-being check calls, and a 12% increase in mental health-related calls.

Beyond the concerns caused by COVID-19, and in addition to the need for general access to care, workplace culture also needs to foster mental well-being and not hinder it. Within CBSA, past employee surveys have shown a high level of dissatisfaction due to psychologically unhealthy workplaces. As a union, we’ve been vocal about the need for CBSA to address the many problems that plague the Agency when it comes to abuse of authority and harassment by managers.

You are not alone

When facing a difficult situation at work or at home, remember that you are not alone. People around you can be a source of support, and your union is there to assist and help you find the resources you need. As CBSA employees, you can also contact LifeWorks for confidential assistance – be it for advice, counselling or treatment (for more information about LifeWorks and other resources, see our Mental Health page). PSAC has also published a list of resources to assist you if you feel overwhelmed, are struggling with stress, or are facing mental health difficulties.

Just like physical well-being, mental health matters, in any setting.​

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