Healthy Minds

The Healthy Minds program is based on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. It has identified a number of factors that promote mental health and prevent psychological harm. At Western, we recognize the importance of creating a safe environment that enhances the overall well-being of our community. This program was created to address the psychological and mental health of employees.

Psychological Factors


Healthy Minds – The 13 Factors

Organizational Culture
Psychological Demands
Involvement and Influence
Protection of Physical Safety
Psychological protection
Workload Management
Psychological and Social Support
Civility and Respect

What is Psychological Health & Safety?

Psychological health affects our ability to think, feel and behave in a manner that enables us to perform effectively at work, in our personal lives and in society. Psychological safety deals with the risk of injury to psychological well-being. Improving psychological safety is about safeguarding the mental health of all employees. Improvements in our work environment involve taking precautions to avert injury or dangers, promoting psychological well-being, and the provision of training and resources to successfully manage well-being.

Psychologically Safe Leadership

  • Leads and influences organizational culture in a positive way
  • Ensures that psychological health and safety is part of organizational decision-making processes
  • Supports and reinforces the implementation of programs dedicated to improving health and safety
  • Provides feedback to enhance the delivery of the program; identify gaps that need to be addressed
  • Establishes key objectives towards continual improvement of psychological health and safety in the workplace
  • Engages employees to be aware of the importance of psychological health & safety
  • Encourages employees to identify and report psychological hazards in the workplace
  • Thorough understanding of the resources and supports that are available to employees

10-Minute Wellness Break Videos

In addition to improving your health, research has shown that taking activity breaks improves productivity and creativity. Invest in yourself by watching and participating in an activity. 

iCalendar Download Instructions

To import an activity class calendar in Outlook:

  1. Click File tab.
  2. Select Open & Export from left column.
  3. Select Import/Export
  4. Choose Import an iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar file (.vcs)
  5. Find and select the .ics file that you downloaded (files located at bottom of class description)

Additional Sources and Resources

Living Well @ Western

Western's employee wellness program offers virtual activity classes (livestream and recorded), art after dark sessions, and virtual coffeehouses. Participate in monthly challenges for your chance to win prizes.

Western Campus Recreation

Looking for ways to stay active while staying at home and working on social distancing? Sports and Recreation wants our Mustangs to be able to stay active, so our Western Campus Recreation Fitness is going LIVE on Instagram @Western_Rec with daily classes.

Employee (and family) Assistance Plan (EAP)

Your EAP services - LifeWorks - continue to be available to you and your family. Counsellors are available to provide support through telephone, videoconference, secure email and chat. 


The London-Middlesex chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a number of free workshops and events every month. Choose from activities like mindfulness, mood walks and wellness talks.

Fitness Blender YouTube Channel

Gain access to over 600 full length workout videos for free. There is something for everyone – from beginner to workout warrior. Most of these workouts require little to no equipment and can be done from the office or home.

The Happiness Lab Podcast 

Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale – the most popular class in the university's 300-year history – Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share inspiring stories. There are 21 episodes to choose from, including bonus episodes related to the Coronavirus.


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