The APEC White Paper on Workplace Mental Health and Safety (White Paper) was endorsed by the Life Science Innovation Forum in March 2020 in the midst of the unfolding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and spread around the globe.
It is clear that now more than ever, workplaces must expand the notion of health and safety to include both mental and physical health when putting workplace health and safety measures into place. Prioritizing mental health during a crisis will enable organizations to retain staff, increase engagement and productivity, and ensure a smoother return to work when the pandemic is over.
As our partners and other stakeholders who champion workplace mental health and wellness adapt to the changes brought about by COVID-19, the Digital Hub Workplace Wellness and Resilience Work Group and Executive team has prepared a brief preface to the White Paper that addresses the impact of COVID-19 and the critical role of workplace mental health and safety measures in response to a crisis.
Download the Preface: Supporting Workplace Mental Health and Safety Through Unprecedent Times.
Download the White Paper: A New Horizon for Occupational Health: APEC White Paper on Workplace Mental Health and Safety.
The release of this White Paper is extremely timely; the global and regional mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be far-reaching and long-lasting. Workplaces must play a central role in supporting employee mental health both during and after the pandemic, and the APEC White Paper on Workplace Mental Health and Safety provides a framework on how workplaces can take action and support the mental health and wellness of employees.