National Project Initiatives
Dr. Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health & resiliency, and has made significant contributions to the mental health landscape in Canada. Links to some of the key projects and initiatives Dr. Samra has led are below.
Dr. Samra has particular expertise in all things related to workplace Psychological Health & Safety (PH&S). She has been involved in a number of national projects that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a founding/ongoing member of the CSA Technical Committee that has developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development around psychological health & safety at the international level.
Download the FREE National Standard here.
Learn more about Psychological Health & Safety and the 13 Factors in the National Standard here.
The Evolution Of Workplace Mental Health In Canada: Research Report (2007-2017)
Dr. Samra led a large-scale research investigation into the evolution of Canadian workplace mental health strategies and initiatives. The focus of The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada was to examine the evolution of Canadian workplace mental health policies and strategies from 2007-2017, with some focus on the evolution of general mental health awareness as a relates to the workplace. There were several major streams of activities for the project, including reviews of the empirical and gray literature; semi-structured interviews with key informants from across Canada; and, a national survey assessing workplace mental health-related attitudes, opinions and current practices. Evolution was examined across several key domains, including the legal and standards domain, shifts in business priorities, trends in the media, changes in the education and training landscape, and shifting research priorities. Within each of these areas, a snapshot of the 2007 state was provided, and key aspects of evolution that had been observed in the decade following are described. Milestones and tipping points, gaps that continue to exist, and sector-specific advances are highlighted. [Download report by clicking on icon on left.]
Dr. Samra’s research findings were also incorporated into a book titled The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada: Toward a standard for psychological health and safety, authored by Mary Ann Baynton and Leanne Fournier. [Download book by clicking on icon on left.]
Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (Leadership Assessment)
Dr. Samra and her research team created the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA) – a self-assessment tool that can help workplace leaders identify strengths and associated areas for improvement as it pertains to their leadership style in the context of psychological health and safety. Those completing the PSLA will obtain feedback on their strengths and areas for improvement across five key domains: Communication & Collaboration; Social Intelligence; Problem Solving & Conflict Management; Security & Safety; and, Fairness & Equity. PSLA results can be supplemented by the PSLA-E (Employee Feedback) version which allows leaders to obtain input from their direct reports.
Managing Emotions (Emotional Intelligence Assessment)
Dr. Samra is the principal developer of the Managing Emotions modules of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace’s Managing Mental Health Matters program. Managing Emotions comprises a set of online, interactive assessment and training resources that strengthen the interpersonal competence and emotional intelligence skills of managers. The resources contained in this website provide effective, evidence-based strategies that can help managers reduce their own stress, while positively impacting the stress levels and well-being of employees. The Managing Emotions resources comprise an Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment to see your unique areas of strength and areas for improvement; a series of interactive Video Vignettes that address elements of each of the four key skills areas (Dealing with Other People’s Negative Emotions and Reactions; Understanding Your Reactions; Managing Your Reactions; Communicating Effectively). Close to one hundred handouts with reflective and action-oriented content and exercises are provided, all for free download.
Building Stronger Teams, Supporting Effective Team Leaders: A Leader’s Guide And Activities For Developing Resilience For You And Your Team
Dr. Samra’s Managing Emotions content served as foundational content for Building Stronger Teams, Supporting Effective Team Leaders: A leader’s guide and activities for developing resilience for you and your team. Self-awareness and good communication skills are the hallmarks of effective leaders. The first section of this book, Supporting Effective Team Leaders, can help you develop these skills. The second section, Building Stronger Teams, provides practical activities for developing your team’s ability to problem solve, be objective and work well together. All of these skills are related to emotional intelligence and resilience. [Download guide by clicking on icon on left.]
Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide To Psychological Health & Safety (Organizational Assessment)
Dr. Samra was the lead developer of Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W): A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety – an innovative, evidence-based online resource used by employers to address psychosocial threats in the work environment. GM@W is an important resource that can help employers assess and address psychosocial risks as outlined by the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. The GM@W resources include the GM@W Employee Survey – a completely automated resource that allows you to register and send a link to the survey to every employee. Employee identity is kept confidential and the aggregated results provide a snapshot of how the organization is rated by employees on measures that are known to impact psychological health and safety in the workplace. The GM@W Organizational Review is completed manually, usually by a leadership team. It walks the users through a series of questions about existing conditions, requires an analysis of data, and helps educate about the factors affecting psychological health and safety in the workplace. GM@W also includes a series of Action, Evaluation and Corrective Action resources.
Building Capacity to Promote and Protect Psychological Health & Safety (PH&S) in the Not-for-profit Sector: A pre-post evaluation of Mindful Employer Canada’s In-House Training Program
Dr. Samra lead a research investigation to evaluate the impact of a 2 year case study research project that utilized Mindful Employer Canada’s in-house program to assist not-for-profits across Canada to promote psychological health and safety in their workplaces. Overarching aims for the project included enhancing core competencies for participants/leaders across the domains of emotional intelligence, communication and facilitation skills, critical thinking, and integrity; to help workers both manage workplace stress more effectively and promote a psychologically safer work environment; and, relatedly, to examine the impact of training sessions on Volunteers and Psychological Health and Safety and Preventing Traumatic Mental Stress. Dr. Samra’s research report will be available in April 2018.
Not Myself Today®
Not Myself Today® is an evidence-informed, practical solution to help employers transform mental health at work. This workplace mental health initiative helps companies build greater awareness, reduce stigma, and foster safe and supportive cultures. Through attention-getting material, turnkey activities and tools and resources, Not Myself Today® breaks down barriers and makes mental health engaging and accessible to all employees.
Dr. Samra developed and hosted a 6-video series for Not Myself Today®, which guides users through practical information on mental health/illness, early warning signs/myths about these issues, and how to support co-workers with mental health issues, among other important topics.
Offering its services via video, coaching services, or an online program, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) free Bounce Back® program helps users learn the skills needed to counter symptoms of anxiety, depression, and general mental health issues. In the video series, Dr. Joti Samra narrates and guides viewers through practical tips to manage their mood, build confidence, increase their activity, improve their problem-solving strategies, and live a healthier lifestyle. The videos can be accessed online or be ordered in DVD format in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.