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Society highlights mental health at Day of Mourning ceremonies

April 28 was the annual international Day of Mourning to remember workers injured and killed on the job. Society members across the province marked the day by attending or webcasting ceremonies at many workplaces.

President Scott Travers attended and spoke at both the Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation events at their respective head offices in Toronto.

This year The Society marked the Day of Mourning with a focus on workplace mental health issues, which in addition to their extraordinary human toll, cost employers $20 billion per year.

Travers spoke to the importance of all workplace parties uniting together to improve the state of mental health in our workplaces.

“The Society will continue to work with members’ employers to develop proactive policies that make our workplaces psychologically healthy and safe,” said Travers. “This means a focus on orienting company policies, processes and interactions at work to prevent harm, whether that harm is due to negligent, reckless or deliberate behaviour.”