About the Session:
Youth between the ages of 16 and 25 are often engaged in precarious work and are highly vulnerable to injury. Although increased rates of physical injury are well documented, we know very little about the psychosocial hazards (eg. bullying, lack of control), and mental health issues that they experience at work. This presentation will review findings from a provincial study conducted with youth at nine Ontario employment centres regarding their psychological health and safety in the workplace. An online survey was completed by 389 youth, followed by focus group discussions with 47 young workers regarding their experiences and challenges in navigating psychosocial hazards in the workplace. Key findings will be highlighted, along with resources that were created to address their psychosocial support needs.
Sandra Moll is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University with over 25 years of experience as a researcher, educator and advocate for mental health in the workplace, school and community. She is the principal investigator for the Young Workers project, funded through the Ontario Ministry of Labour.