Mental health and psychological safety seem to be the new science impacting the safety world. Workplaces should consider measures that may impact the mental health of workers, and OHS professionals need to have a better understanding of mental health and psychological safety.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person understands his own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to contribute to the community. A “mentally healthy workplace” is one in which mental health promotion is viewed as a strategy used to reduce risk factors associated with the development of mental illness. A “psychologically safe workplace” is one that employs strategies focused on preventing psychological injuries, such as stress-induced emotional conditions. The concept of “psychological safety” involves preventing injury to the mental well-being of the worker.