NAPE Launches Workplace Mental Health Legislation Campaign

NAPE has launched the ‘Workplace Mental Health Legislation – Let’s Get it Right’ public relations advertising campaign.

The ads will run province-wide on a wide array of platforms.

“As part of their jobs, many workers, including a large number of NAPE members, personally face or witness dangerous, threatening, violent, and/or traumatizing situations,” said NAPE President Jerry Earle. “These situations can have a deep and lasting impact that can lead to mental health injuries and illnesses including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

“We must remember that what happens at work doesn't just stay at work; it doesn't just go away when the uniform comes off or when the shift is over. These workers need and deserve supports in place to deal with their work-related mental health injuries,” said Earle. “We need to break down the stigma that exists in our workplaces around mental health. We don’t need small changes – we need legislative change. Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the last provinces to enact workplace mental health legislation and we can't wait any longer. In fact, it’s already too late for those who have lost their battle.”

Earlier this year, NAPE released a position paper titled ‘A Call for presumptive legislation: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Occupational Stress Injuries, and the Wellbeing of the Workforce’. This working paper was prepared by Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli and Dr. Alan Hall of Memorial University. The report was submitted to the government to better inform their workplace mental health review. Additional ads will be rolled out in the coming weeks.