PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Growing up, my dad was a great source of advice and guidance for all five of his children. For some reason a few of those insightful expressions of his stuck with me and I hear them regularly in my ear, still. The one he uses most often still is “it’s not what happens, it’s how you handle it.” Well, that is absolutely true and it serves me well to this day. However, I’d add that it is equally important to prevent the preventable when it comes to your physical and mental health, in both your personal and professional life.
When we hear the words 'health and safety' we often think only of our physical health. But now more than ever we are aware of the stress on our mental health and it is rapidly becoming the most significant health and safety risk factor in the workplace. Concerns from a human resource perspective are being matched by the significant financial implications of psychological safety issues in today’s modern workplace. Everything from fewer resources, tight deadlines, work design and demands to conflicting staff and customer relationships and harassment all contribute to a toxic work culture that can ruin reputations, careers, lives and entire businesses.
While our health is primarily our own responsibility, work does play a significant role in our ability to manage it. The good news is that although the workplace is an environment that can contribute to employee ill-health, it simultaneously offers the most potential for improving overall employee health and well-being. Not only is a healthy workplace good for the employees and leadership- its imperative for the bottom line of the business.
You need to act. You need a plan.
As one of the first few consultants hand-picked to be a Canadian Mental Health Association Psychological Safety Advisor I can be your expert guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety and work with you and your team to promote, implement and sustain a healthy and safe workplace.
When you focus on mental health issues, the highest trending and arguably the most complex risk factor in Canadian workplaces today, it is very important to understand the issues clearly to provide appropriate and timely supports for those that need it. I can help you and your team navigate safely as part of a comprehensive healthy workplace strategy.
What Clients Are Saying
I first met Mary-Lou MacDonald in her role as CEO of AWARE-NS. She quickly became an important mentor and coach to me. She was the keynote speaker for our provincial executive symposium on Mental Health. She inspired and motivated leaders from across the province in a powerful call to action which will not be easily forgotten. Her deep knowledge and subject matter expertise come from both an expansive study of the latest research as well as profound personal experience. She is an undeniable agent of positive cultural change.
Mary- Lou is one of the most passionate leaders within the Wellness community that I have had the pleasure to work with, focusing on creating healthy and engaging employees and workplaces. She is entertaining and knows what she is talking about. I would highly recommend Mary-Lou as your next Wellness Consultant
Mary-Lou MacDonald is a consummate professional whose expertise is in helping individuals and organizations to create healthy workplaces and workplace wellness solutions. I would highly recommend Mary-Lou to potential clients
Mary-Lou is so engaging and real and raw, and the humour that she brings and the courage that she shows that is possible when you speak from a place of what you really believe. She is very dynamic, organizations and corporations really need now what Mary-Lou has to offer.
Mary-Lou is that authentic leader that we are all looking for, that leaders are looking for. Her humour is captivating…she is a natural story-teller…she will move people in your organization to be the kind of leader she is today.
I have worked with Mary-Lou MacDonald in her role as CEO of AWARE-NS and as a Member of the Advisory Council to the NS Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. She is a leader who listens; a motivator who inspires; a coach who really cares - all wrapped up into a true professional who brings energy and excitement wherever she goes (exceptionally so to workplaces). Mary-Lou is the 'real thing.
Mary-Lou is a speaker that owns the room, she is captivating, motivating and has you in the palm of her hand when she is speaking.
Mary-Lou is a very entertaining speaker, she captivates her audience but she’s also done her research. She has lived those roles of the people she is here to serve. She brings that rare combination of entertaining, practical wisdom that she has also lived.