Mental health

In April 2013, PSAC held a national health and safety conference on mental health in the workplace. We asked members to share their reflections on this important issue: how the members recognize mental illness.

People with disabilities face many kinds of barriers on a daily basis. These can be physical, attitudinal or systemic.

People with disabilities face many kinds of barriers on a daily basis. These can be physical, attitudinal or systemic. Employers must proactively identify and eliminate rules, policies, practices and standards that have a discriminatory impact in the workplace.


February 1, 2018

PSAC encourages our members to participate in the national conversation about mental health.

June 20, 2017

A report released today by the Union of Solicitor General Employees (USGE) calls for federal measures to protect and recognize public safety and justice workers it says are at significant risk of suffering psychological injuries from exposure to second-hand trauma at work.

June 14, 2017

The latest results of the annual survey of the public service show a disturbing rise in workplace harassment and a significant rate of workplace stress.

May 30, 2016

PSAC welcomed the release of a second report by the Joint Task Force on Mental Health today.

December 4, 2015

In a groundbreaking decision, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on November 30 that employers cannot arbitrarily decide what constitutes workplace violence.

December 2, 2015

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased with the release of the Mental Health Joint Task Force report today

Too many Canadians, including PSAC members, suffer from mental health issues. Often they suffer alone without adequate treatment. Mental illness affects us all in our homes, in our communities, in our workplaces. Employers at all levels have a responsibility to ensure that their workplaces do not contribute to mental illness. Regrettably, many workplaces increase mental health problems.


Are our workplaces healthy? Stress, anxiety, and depression are experienced by many among Canadian workers, and it seems that many of our workplaces are a major contributor to the growing rate of mental health related illnesses.

Getting up to speed, accommodation, confidentiality, and the employer

In 2006, PSAC won a case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal involving a worker who had panic attacks at work. The decision gives some important guidelines on how employers should accommodate workers in these kinds of situations.