As hospitality sectors once again shut down, mental health resources for these workers becomes even more necessary.
Today, the BC government introduced a new digital resource hub for BC workers in the tourism, hospitality, and community social service sectors.
The online hub offers a range of tools to help address common workplace concerns, such as bullying, harassment, COVID-19 exposure, coping with stress and more; it provides workshops, webinars, and information to employees to manage stress, build resiliency, and improve overall mental health, the announcement said.
It will also connect those who access these services to other mental health services, including counselling and peer support.
“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people working in tourism, hospitality and social services,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
“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.”
The hub is in collaboration with the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association and go2HR.
The new hub will augment existing mental health support the government deployed early on and it is expected to expand by May into a training and coaching platform for employers and employees.