The Working Mind
Through stigma reduction and mental health awareness, The Working Mind (TWM) program seeks to change Canadians’ behaviours and attitudes toward people living with mental illness, helping to ensure people are treated fairly and as full citizens with opportunities to contribute to society like anyone else. Program participants have shown an increase in resiliency skills and mental health wellbeing, and a decrease in stigmatizing attitudes.
About The Working Mind
Stigma is a major barrier preventing people from seeking help for mental health problems or mental illness. The fear of stigma often delays diagnosis and treatment. If identified and treated early, mental health concerns can be temporary and reversible. Employees who understand normal reactions to stress and how to manage these reactions are more resilient. They have the ability to recover from stress, traumatic events, and adverse situations. It is possible to train people to recognize changes in their own mental health and become more resilient.
Why Choose The Working Mind?
- Evidence-based, founded on best practices, research, and methodologies
- Part of the largest systematic effort in Canadian history focused on reducing stigma related to mental illness
- Solutions-focused, aimed at cultivating an environment where people feel comfortable seeking help, treatment, and support on their journey toward recovery.
Two TWM Virtual courses are available:
- Employee (5 hours)
TWM for employees offers practical knowledge to increase participants’ overall comfort level with mental illness. Upon completing the course, employees will be able to:
- understand mental health and mental illness
- recognize its signs and indicators, in themselves and others
- reduce stigma and negative attitudes toward people with mental health problems
- maintain their own mental health and improve their resilience.
Managers, supervisors, and team leads have a special role in any organization. Building on TWM for employees, the TWM managers course gives participants the practical knowledge they need to:
- support their employees’ mental health and well-being
- enable all employees to be more fully productive
- ensure the workplace climate respects and involves all employees, including those with mental health problems
- encourage employees to seek help for mental health problems.
Each TWM Virtual course is delivered by a certified facilitator and offers easily applied scenario-based lessons, videos that feature people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides, and practical handouts.
Mental Health and Stigma
- Define basic concepts related to mental health and mental illness
- Recognize the impact of stigma and discuss how to reduce stigma and other barriers to care
Mental Health in the Workplace
- Recognize and keep track of changes in your mental health and well-being and know when to take appropriate actions
- Have conversations about mental health and mental illness with colleagues, friends, and family members
Stress and Resilience
- Identify and practice coping strategies to manage stress and remain resilient
- Identify and use available resources to support yourself
Supporting Your Team (Only available in the Manager course)
- Identify and use available tools and resources to support your team’s mental health
These four modules are designed to be delivered as follows:
- in the order given (as the content builds on each previous module)
- spaced out within a time span of no longer than two weeks
- in combinations such as two modules delivered back-to-back one day and the remaining two on another day; OR
- all modules are delivered on the same day, with breaks between modules.
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