Mental Health in the Workplace for Employees

A half-day workshop for employees that builds foundational knowledge and allows for the opportunity to discuss and practice
  • Half-day
  • Workshop
  • Employees


Mental health issues are often misunderstood and stigmatized and are growing at a faster rate than any other kind of disability in today’s workplace (Canadian Mental Health Association). To prevent misconceptions of mental health issues, employees need to understand what the common mental health issues are. This workshop will not only educate participants about common mental health issues, it will also equip them with the tools to manage these issues and will examine available resources.

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Breakdown: In-Class version: Lecture (50%), Interactive discussions (30%), Case study (20%)

The workshop begins with an icebreaker activity that introduces the definition and signs of good mental health and the mental health continuum. Five major mental disorders are introduced: traumatic events, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, adjustment disorder and substance misuse. The notion of stigma is then studied and participants are invited to reflect on certain data related to mental health as well as certain myths and realities. A small group activity is proposed so that employees can identify concrete actions to put in place to eliminate stigma.

The workshop continues with an awareness-raising session on solidarity and mutual aid between colleagues, notably through a role-playing exercise and information on what to say and what to do is shared. Signs that a colleague may be experiencing a mental health problem are discussed. A role-play will help participants use their skills and knowledge to help a colleague in difficulty and concepts on how to intervene with a possibly suicidal or homicidal person are taught. Then, strategies to increase resilience are explored, including a reflection activity. Finally, external resources and those of the EFAP are put forward and the workshop concludes with the development of an action plan.