Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. It is essential that organizations build capacity to support those with mental health concerns because early identification and support typically lead to continued employee well-being. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses, and, most importantly, show how to be a support. Participants will learn strategies for creating a more inclusive work environment that reduces stigma surrounding mental illness.

About This Workshop

Some of the Topics Included

  • Why Mental Health Matters
  • Stigma and Myths About Mental Illness
  • Illness as Influence, not Identity
  • A Review of Common Mental Illnesses
  • Mental Illness and Addictions
  • Mental Illness and Suicide
  • Keys to Creating a Supportive Environment
  • People and Organizations to Access
  • Finding a Qualified Counsellor
  • Tips for Supporting Those That May Be Struggling
  • How to Approach Someone About a Mental Health Concern

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop applicable to anyone wanting to learn more about mental health, including employees and managers.

Length

Half-day version
The half-day workshop is great for people who want to start the conversation around supporting mental health in the workplace. It’s a fast-paced training that covers a lot of material.

One-day version
The one-day version of this workshop 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:

  • Explain the difference between mental illness and mental health
  • List common adult mental illnesses
  • Describe symptoms related to different mental illnesses
  • Learn practical ways of supporting those with mental illness