The provincial government has created a mental health digital resource hub for people in the tourism, hospitality and community social services sectors.
It cost $2 million and offers workers tools to help address workplace issues such as bullying, harassment, COVID-19 exposure and coping with stress, the province said.
“I’m grateful to workplace leaders stepping up to promote positive mental health for their employees. This will have a lasting impact on people in the months and years ahead,” said Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions.
The new hub provides workshops, webinars and information to help employees manage stress. It also can connect people to mental health services, including counselling and peer support. It was developed in partnership with the B.C. division of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The new hub will augment existing mental health supports the government deployed early in the pandemic for workers in the long-term care and continuing-care sector, including the Care for Caregivers site and Care to Speak peer support service. Both services received major uptake from health-care workers, according to the province. The hub builds on both and provides more workplace sectors with mental health supports.