WHAT WE DO

Mental Health Works provides capacity building workshops on workplace mental health to both employers and employees. Our approach is person centred, evidence based, and solutions focused. We’re equipped to meet the mental health awareness training needs of any organization.

ESSENTIALS MODULES

These workshops introduce participants to the essentials of workplace mental health through short, targeted presentations.

Mental Health essentials

Mental Health Works offers 13 individual ‘essentials’ training modules that provide workplaces the tools to foster mental wellness. These can be tailored as one-hour, half-day or full-day sessions, or can be grouped together to form a more comprehensive ‘core’ workshop based on an organization’s needs.

CORE WORKSHOPS

This workshop provides a full day or more of interactive learning.

Core workshop

Core workshops combine essentials modules to provide participants a holistic understanding of mental health and mental illness. Mental Health Works offers a menu of core workshops to choose from, but can also work with organizations on customizable options to suit specific needs.

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ESSENTIALS

Workplace & Mental Health
Mood & Depression
Stress & Anxiety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Operational Stress Injury
Substance Use & Addictions
Traumatic Stress & Compassion Fatigue
Psychological Health & Safety
Isolation And Loneliness
Health Anxiety
Mindfulness At Work
Mental Health And Telework
Mental Health For Frontline Staff
Mental Health For Telehealth
Workplace & Mental Health

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation is our most basic introduction to workplace mental health. It provides a high-level introduction to Mental Health Works, mental health awareness, responding to some common issues, and the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Consider mental health as critical to overall health
  • Understand mental health and common mental health problems
  • Understand the impact of stigmatizing language and beliefs
Mood & Depression

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of how mood impacts work. It takes a particular focus on depression in the workplace and guides participants through the Mental Health Works three-gear method of addressing it.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Consider mental health as critical to overall health
  • Understand mental health and common mental health problems
  • Understand the impact of stigmatizing language and beliefs
Stress & Anxiety

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of how stress and anxiety might impact work. It takes a particular focus on anxiety in the workplace and guides participants through the Mental Health Works three-gear method of addressing it.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to stress and anxiety
  • Begin to understand stress and anxiety and the barriers that can be faced in the workplace
  • Start to understand how to talk openly about anxiety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Operational Stress Injury

Audience:

Those at risk (justice professionals)

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of how posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injury (OSI) might impact work. It takes a particular focus on OSIs in the workplace and guides participants through the Mental Health Works three-gear method of addressing it.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to traumatic stress
  • Begin to see PTSD and OSIs as workplace injuries
  • Start to understand how to talk openly about traumatic stress
Substance Use & Addictions

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of addictions and substance use concerns. Using the Mental Health Works three-gear method, participants will learn how to identify and talk about substance use in the workplace.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to addictions
  • Begin to see substance use concerns and addictions as health concern
  • Start to understand how to talk openly about substance use
Traumatic Stress & Compassion Fatigue

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Using the Mental Health Works three-gear method approach, participants will learn how to begin building resilient workplaces.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to secondary traumatic stress.
  • Begin to see the ways in which they can implement protections in the workplace
  • Start to understand how to talk openly about compassion fatigue
Psychological Health & Safety

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of psychological health and safety in the workplace. It introduces the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, as well as accommodation and return to work involving mental health.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Begin to see how psychosocial factors impact health and safety at work
  • Start to understand how accommodation and return to work are applied to mental health
Isolation And Loneliness

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation provides a high-level overview of how isolation and loneliness affect work, the workplace and our mental health. It focuses specifically on the experience of enforced isolation due to physical distancing measures, and provides concrete tools that can be used to mitigate the stress this causes.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to isolation and loneliness
  • Begin to see how isolation and loneliness affect mental health and wellness
  • Start to understand how to talk
Health Anxiety

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation is all about how a pandemic can cause intense feelings of anxiety regarding our health and the health of our loved ones and friends. Using evidence-based methods, it will impart skills managers and staff can use in the context of business resumption to mitigate anxiety about returning to the workplace in a latent COVID-19 environment.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to anxiety and the pandemic
  • Understand what to do during business resumption activities
  • Know how to have an open conversation about concerns, actions taken to mitigate risk, and how to accommodate vulnerable staff members’ mental health concerns
Mindfulness At Work

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation talks about mindfulness, what it is, what we can do to achieve it, and introduces staff to skills that can be used to improve health, wellness and performance. Being more mindful of our thoughts and feelings enables better conversation.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to the practice of mindfulness
  • Understand what we can do to be grounded
  • Know how to develop mindful practices to improve resiliency, and how businesses can create a culture of resiliency within their workplaces
Mental Health And Telework

Audience:

Everyone

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

With telework becoming more common during the COVID-19 pandemic, this session addresses the unique challenges this brings to caring for and about employee mental health. It will provide a high-level overview on how we can build psychologically-healthy and safe workplaces when the place of work is the home.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be introduced to concepts of psychological health and safety in a disseminated working environment
  • Understand how to care for employee mental health in an asynchronous business resumption process
  • Know how to managers and staff can engage in constructive conversations about their needs when they are not present in the physical workspace
Mental Health For Frontline Staff

Audience:

Everyone in a health care setting

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation covers the importance of resiliency and how to manage difficult situations and critical events within the health care environment. It will impart a high-level awareness on mental health and the unique challenges health care workers face given the uncertainty, stress, and long hours of their work.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to mental health in a health care setting
  • Begin to understand that resiliency is something we can all train and improve upon
  • Start to understand how to talk openly about mental health as a workplace
Mental Health For Telehealth

Audience:

Everyone in a health care setting

Length:

One hour

Description, objectives and messages:

This presentation covers those workers whose job it is to speak with clients over the phone or other communications means. Paying particular attention to the increase in workload as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants will learn how to manage stress, take ‘smart breaks,’ and ground themselves during difficult working conditions.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be introduced to mindfulness as a concept
  • Understand how stress impacts their lives
  • Know how to manage feelings that arise when speaking with clients on the phone

CORE WORKSHOP

Audience:

All staff, supervisors, managers, union representatives

Length:

Six content hours + two 15-minute breaks + 60-minute lunch

Workshop options:

  • Mental health in the workplace / (Workplace & mental health, Mood & depression, Stress & anxiety, Psychological health & safety)
  • Return to the workplace / (Health anxiety, Isolation & loneliness, Mindfulness at work, Mental health & telework)
  • First responders / (Workplace & mental health, Post-traumatic stress disorder & operational stress injury, Traumatic stress & compassion fatigue, Mindfulness at work)
  • Frontline health care workers / (Mental health for frontline staff, Mental health for telehealth)
  • Leadership series / (A customizable option that addresses the unique culture of your organization)

Objectives:

By the end of a core workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Acknowledge mental health as an asset to their personal and professional life
  • Have greater understanding of what mental illnesses are and how they can occur
  • Have greater comfort in seeking help for themselves and others

Messages:

The content of core workshops is underpinned by the following key messages:

  • There is no health without mental health.
  • Most mental health problems are common and can be overcome effectively.
  • Everyone has a role to play in reducing workplace stigma of mental health.

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