Dealing with issues related to mental health in the workplace can be challenging and difficult to navigate. It is essential that organizations have the capabilities to manage mental health because early identification and support typically leads to continued productivity and retention of employees. This workshop provides a roadmap to help managers participate in conversations with employees who may require support when experiencing difficulties related to mental health. Participants will learn strategies for creating a more inclusive work environment that reduces stigma surrounding mental health.

About This Workshop

Some of the Topics Included

  • Why Mental Health Matters
  • A Review of Common Mental Illnesses
  • Myths About Mental Illness
  • Best Practices in Workplace Mental Health
  • Tips for Creating Psychologically Safe Workplaces
  • Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Concerns
  • How to Approach Someone About a Mental Health Concern
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • What is Reasonable Accommodation?
  • Return-to-Work Considerations

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop for human resources personnel, leaders, managers, and supervisors, and anyone who may need to appropriately respond to staff with mental health concerns.

Length

Half-day version
The half-day workshop is great for leaders from the same organization who want to start the conversation around supporting mental health in the workplace, or for groups of leaders from multiple organizations. It’s a fast-paced training that covers a lot of material.

One-day version
The one-day version of this workshop is ideal for leaders from the same organization. The material is similar to the half-day version, but the pace is slower to allow for more in-depth discussion about how to implement the workshop strategies.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List the common mental illnesses that people may experience in the workplace
  • Explain how to engage employees in need of support when experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Apply practical strategies to reduce stigma
  • Design workplace policies that address the rights and responsibilities of employee and employers to create an inclusive workplace