Navigating the turbulent waters of workplace mental health requires an astute understanding of the psychology of human and organizational behaviour, compassion and a willingness to truly listen to and address the needs of everyone involved.
Plenty of employment lawyers can give advice on accommodating mental illness from the distant comfort of their offices, neither conscious nor appreciative of the impact of their advice. We are different.
For nearly 20 years, Bernardi Human Resource Law has been on the ground learning about workplace challenges from the inside out. Our work conducting respect and sensitivity training and harassment investigations; assisting with accommodation and return to work plans; and helping to mend dysfunctional teams has given us the opportunity to hear directly from thousands of employees, managers and employers about the complexities of mental health in the workplace. Over the years we have realized that our work is as much about psychology as it is about the law – the two go hand in hand.
We appreciate the fear and stigma that still exists and have developed proven methods that make a difference in the lives of employees with mental health needs and those that work with them.
This isn’t just part of our business. It’s a fundamental part of our collective mission: to help create and maintain psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. And we stand behind this mission. Our mental health law practice team has received specialized training in workplace mental health and we have been implementing the Mental Health Commission’s National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace within our own firm. This matters to us. Deeply.
Workplace mental health is about accommodation but also so much more: managing people whose learning and processing needs are different, stress management, job design and creating a supportive work environment.
Whether you are an individual in need of advice on how to ensure your mental health needs are met at work or an employer trying to address mental health issues within your workplace, we will support you and help simplify this complex area.