The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising. From 2016 to 2018, mental health claims to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board increased by 142 per cent.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan is empowering employers with more tools and resources to better support their employees’ psychological well-being. It has partnered with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to provide workplaces with access to digital courses on handling workplace violence, helping struggling workers, and creating safe, supportive work environments.
Geared to both employers and workers and available at a fraction of the standard tuition fee, these offerings include:
- Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (course)
- Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work (certificate)
- Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (advanced certificate)
Through another partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), WorkSafe Saskatchewan is providing employers with access to web-based psychological health and safety courses. These courses can help managers and supervisors support employees experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and create psychologically healthy workplaces. The CCOHS training focuses on:
- Mental health awareness
- Mental health communication strategies
- Mental health and wellness strategies
- Psychologically healthy workplaces
- Mental health signs, symptoms and solutions
The TAP is a voluntary and confidential service offered and promoted by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Counselling service is provided by PAR Consultants of Canada Limited, a professional group of counselors and consultants.
All of us suffer from physical illness or disability occasionally. Likewise, we will all experience personal difficulties at some time in our lives. Usually, we can work things out by ourselves. But sometimes that is not the case – neither individual nor family efforts can solve the problem and it persists.
When these problems become too much to handle, they hurt our happiness, our family, our professional performance, even our health. The TAP is designed to help people deal with these difficulties before they seriously harm our health, family life or job effectiveness.
You call on other professionals when you are worried about money or health. TAP is a program that helps with some of life’s other difficulties.
Counselling is provided for a number of problem areas, including:
- burnout and stress
- family violence
- separation, loss and grief
- crisis trauma
- conflict and anger
- drugs and alcohol
- sexual harassment and abuse
- marital and family stress
- depression and anxiety
You do not need to wait until your worries become a crisis. Whether you view your concern as small or large, it is worth exploring and discussing.
Your private life is your own business we have no desire or right to interfere. That is why the TAP uses an outside private agency to ensure complete confidentiality. It is strictly between you and your counsellor.
You control who knows about your participation. Nothing ever goes into your employment record. TAP utilizes the trained professionals at PAR who operate completely independently from the provincial licensing body. In this way your right to privacy is safeguarded. Similarly, the decision to use the program is yours alone to make. Your participation in TAP is completely voluntary.
- Dentists and immediate family members
The costs for the first hour of program use will be borne by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. This means that eligible persons can contact a PAR counsellor and have a discussion or assessment session at no cost or obligation to be involved further.
Because PAR Consultants operate independently from the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan and from employers, professional standing or job security will not be jeopardized.
It is important to recognize the primary objective of the TAP is to help people resolve personal problems that may lead to professional problems if left untreated.
Program Coordinator: The College Registrar is the program coordinator. It is their function to monitor the program, provide information, receive suggestions to improve it and generally guide its introduction and operation. The Registrar will not have any knowledge of who is using the program unless informed by that person.
Early Action is Important: We encourage people to seek help through the TAP as early as possible, because we are sincerely interested in their wellness. Also, it is generally agreed that most problems can be more successfully resolved if identified and treated in the early stages.
All It Takes Is A Phone Call: TAP chose PAR Consultants of Canada Limited because of its years of experience in Employee Assistance Programs.
The Saskatoon PAR office is located at 603-3rd Avenue North, for information or an appointment call directly 306-978-8282 or toll free 1-877-978-8282.
The Regina PAR office is located at 2353 Smith Street, for information or an appointment call directly 306-352-0680 or toll free 1-877-352-0680.
COLLECT LONG DISTANCE CALLS ARE WELCOME.
There is coverage 24 hours a day and access to counselors throughout the province when needed.
Simply call the PAR office and tell them you want to discuss the program. PAR Consultants are trained to put you at ease, and help you take the next step. If you want information only, the process stops there. There is no pressure and no compulsion to go further. The consultant has no authority over a client and can only make suggestions or recommendations. It is totally up to you.