Does Your Workplace Support Mental Health?

There is a growing emphasis in North America toward corporate responsibility in creating positive mental health in the workplace. According the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, “Poor mental health not only hurts the individual, it also reduces corporate profits.” Their website lists 13 psychological risk factors and areas where organizations can focus on creating mental wellness, including psychological support, reward and recognition, and balance. “A psychologically safe workplace would be free of excessive fear or chronic anxiety”.

Depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality are the most common psychological challenges faced by Canadians today.
11% of men and 16% of women will experience severe depression over the course of their lives. 10% of Canadians suffer anxiety in some form.
3.3 million Canadians (13.4% of Canadians over the age of 15) suffer from insomnia.

Employers are encouraged to create and implement comprehensive workplace health and safety programs. We can help! Optimum On Site can bring massage therapy right into your workplace. Studies are proving that massage therapy can be an effective tool to help deal with many psychological challenges.

Many of our clients report that they have a great sleep the night after getting a massage.
According to the US Centre for Disease Control, insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.
One study of how massage therapy can benefit people with lower back pain and sleep disturbances found that the massage therapy group experienced less pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance when compared to the group using only relaxation therapy.

Many health benefit plans now cover massage therapy, but have you considered bringing massage therapy into your workplace? As an occasional reward or an ongoing, weekly on site clinic, massage is a proven and practical way to support mental wellness in the workplace. We will bring qualified therapists and all the equipment, and help create a space where employees can relax and reset their stress levels.

Employees and the whole organization can benefit from this positive mental health program. Please contact us today at info@optimumonsite.com or 403-457-2400 to find how we can help.
References
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/mentalhealth_work.html http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23052/massage_therapy_for_mental_wellness http://www.amtamassage.org/articles/4/eTouch/detail/2760