Last year, 77 per cent of Canadians said they felt attitudes towards mental health at work are better than in 2007, according to Ipsos research commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

Only 10 per cent of Canadians said they feel their workplace is psychologically unhealthy, down from 20 per cent in 2009, stated a press release on the findings issued Feb. 2.

"The report profiles the organizations and initiatives that contributed to the evolution of workplace mental health over the last decade," said Dr. Joti Samra, Lead Researcher in the study. "Taken together with the Ipsos findings, results show that there has been a dramatic and positive shift in how employers perceive and respond to workplace mental health issues, especially among those organizations applying the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace."

The Standard is a set of guidelines which aim to improve the psychological health of employees.

" Canada is seen as a world leader in psychological health and safety in the workplace, as demonstrated in the proposed adoption of the Standard as an international benchmark, and is even inspiring others around the world to advance these issues in their countries," said Samra.