Psychological Safety

AMHSA offers a variety of psychological health and safety offerings, including psychological health and safety training, the SPARK group, first responder mental health, and courses offered in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).


PHS Certificate Program for People Leaders and Employees

AMHSA is proud to introduce a new Psychological Health & Safety e-Learning Certificate Program for leaders and employees, designed specifically to meet the demands of today’s increasingly complex workplace environment. This modular e-Learning program was developed with our strategic partner, Dr. Joti Samra and her team from MyWorkplaceHealth.

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Spark: Supporting Psychologically safe workplaces

SPARK is an innovative new program to support the psychological health and safety initiatives of AMHSA member municipalities. It’s designed for HR and OHS practitioners, as well as leadership. Be part of a community of learning and sharing of best practices in psychological health and safety. Bridge organizational silos. Align departmental priorities and strategies. Gain a deeper understanding of your workforce’s culture and access resources for dealing with psychological health and safety challenges. AMHSA’s new SPARK program offers scalable support options to suit your organization’s needs and budget. 

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First Responder Mental Health

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and TELUS Health to provide specialized training and tools to support rural and remote first responders living with or at risk of post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI). *New: Eligibility expanded to include fire services, paramedical, emergency health care workers, law enforcement, and to family members of first receivers. Customized content is also available for indigenous communities. 

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The Working Mind

The Working Mind (TWM) is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and is designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the workplace.

By reducing stigma and discrimination, TWM helps organizations create a culture that fosters greater awareness and support for mental health among employees, managers, and employers.

TWM objectives:

  • Reduce the stigma around mental illness
  • Promote your organization’s mental health
  • Transform the way participants think and talk about mental health and mental illness
  • Help participants identify poor mental health in themselves and others
  • Give participants the coping skills to manage stress and poor mental health
  • Review mental health rights and responsibilities
  • Create a more supportive work environment

Several TWM courses are available:

Each TWM course offers easily applied scenario-based lessons, videos that feature people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides, and practical handouts.

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Illness is the #1 cause of disability in the Canadian workplace. $51 billion is lost in productivity each year due to mental illness. Although one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem every year, the stigma associated with mental health can hinder employees from seeking help.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. This prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

MHFA is the initial help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It is an evidence-based program for staff and managers, and a proactive step towards building a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

MHFA trained employees will be equipped to recognize and understand the symptoms of mental health problems, including those related to substance use; increase productivity and reduce absenteeism and the pressure on health benefits costs; reduce the stigma around mental illness and create mental wellness within your workplace and provide preventative help for mental health problems developing into more severe states.

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Page last updated February 29, 2024