Guarding Minds @ Work

Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is a unique, comprehensive set of tools designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace. GM@W resources allow employers to effectively assess and address the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. GM@W was developed by CARMHA researchers on the basis of extensive research, including data analysis of two national samples (2009, 2012), reviews of national and international best practices, as well as existing and emerging Canadian case law and legislation. GM@W is available to all employers - large or small, in the public or private sector -­ at no cost.

GM@W consists of three assessment options: the GM@W Employee Survey and the Initial Scan, completed on-line, and the Organizational Review, completed by a representative of the organization. Results of the surveys are compared with a national sample and yield a reports that permits the organization to identify areas of concern and strength. Suggested actions and resources to address each action are offered. Finally, an evaluation strategy to determine the effectiveness of selected actions is provided. Additional documentation is available in order to facilitate optimal implementation of GM@W. All materials are in French and English and may be downloaded.


Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace


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Merv Gilbert (


2009, 2012