Mental Health

Mental health training for your workplace

Discover tools to help create a space where workers feel safe, respected, and valued

Everyone in the workplace has a shared responsibility for health and safety, including both physical and psychological health and safety. Psychological safety is a culture where everyone feels welcomed and safe. 
 
Access free Workplace Mental Health Safety Talk videos, which include unlimited access to a set of seven pre-recorded 15-minute talks on the topics of stress, stigma, anxiety and youth, the importance of having mental health conversations, and general overviews of mental health, mental illness, and mental harm.
 
The WSN Workplace Mental Health Training Series connects you with a team of Psychological Health and Safety Advisors, certified by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and are experts in workplace mental health training and occupational health and safety. 
 
 
 
For more information about the WSN Workplace Mental Health Training Series, including scheduling and fees, please contact WSN Training Services.
 

1. Leadership's Role in Mental Health

Provides leadership, including management and supervisors, with the tools to better understand mental health in the workplace. Learn how to create a positive workplace culture and promote open communication and positive workplace mental health. This one-hour workshop is delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner. A full-day strategic planning for leadership around mental health is also available.

Session participants will learn:

  • Why we need to talk about mental health
  • Leadership's role in mental health
  • Business, people, and legal cases for mental health at a high level
  • Differences between mental harm, illness, and mental health
  • Stigma
Intended Audience: Managers and senior leaders, human resources professionals, and members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representatives who would like to have a better understanding of mental health in the workplace.  
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

2. Mental Health Awareness

An introductory awareness session and a first step in gaining a better awareness of mental health in the workplace. Individuals gain an understanding and awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental illness in the workplace and beyond. Participants learn about the difference between mental health and mental illness, the signs, and the importance of identifying psychosocial hazards in the workplace. This one-hour session is a facilitated conversation and is delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner. 

Session participants will learn:

  • The differences between mental illness, harm, and mental health
  • Facts and figures and why they are important
  • Why we need to pay attention in the workplace and beyond
Intended Audience: Organizations unfamiliar or starting the conversation about mental health, Joint Health and Safety Committee members, general safety presentation.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

3. Why Mental Health Matters

The purpose of this one-hour introductory session to understand why mental health matters. This one-hour session is facilitated through conversation and delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner.

Session participants will learn:

  • Differences between mental illness, mental harm, and illness
  • Business, legal, people cases
  • Learning from others
  • Tools and resources for workplaces
  • Open conversation 
Intended Audience: Introduces workers, human resources professionals, and members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, and Health and Safety Representatives, to why mental health matters in the workplace.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

4. Stamping Out Stigma

Understand the stigma surrounding mental health in our society and learn the steps we can take to overcome it. Participants explore how to better understand those with mental illness or mental health challenges, and how powerful our words are. This one-hour session is a facilitated conversation and is delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner.

Session participants will learn:

  • History of stigma
  • Power of words
  • How we judge others and how it affects them
  • Society’s portrayal of those with mental challenges
  • What you can do to stamp out stigma
Intended Audience: This session is designed for everyone in the workplace and can be delivered to large or small groups.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

5. Resiliency and You

Understand what resiliency is and why it is important to our mental health. Participants explore the benefits of nourishing one’s well-being, happiness, along with the benefits of positive thinking. This one-hour session is a facilitated conversation and delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner. 

Session participants will learn:

  • What resiliency is and isn’t
  • Understanding what really makes us happy
  • Why resiliency is linked to strong mental health
  • How to use the PRUNE method to increase your resiliency
Intended Audience: Awareness session designed for employers, supervisors, and workers who would like to gain a better understanding of workplace mental health.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

6. Young Workers and Mental Health: What Employers Need to Know

Intended for employers and supervisors who plan on hiring young workers or who have already hired young workers, this workshop provides an overview of how and why young workers think and act the way they do, and how to best interact with them. This one-hour session is a facilitated conversation and is delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner. 

Session participants will learn:

  • The differences between their world and yours
  • How social media impacts youth
  • Is there a rise in anxiety?
  • Ten reasons for youth anxiety
Intended Audience: Employers or supervisors who would like to gain a better understanding of young workers in the workplace.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces
 

7. Dare to Care: Have THAT Conversation

This workshop is designed for those in the workplace who would like to discuss, share and learn about the importance of mental health in the workplace and how to help others who may be challenged with mental illness. Participants are provided with the tools to be able to have a conversation with someone who may be dealing with mental health or mental illness issues. This 3-hour workshop is facilitated through conversation, activities and is hands-on and interactive. It is delivered in an engaging and non-threatening manner.

Key practice and hands-on objectives:

  • Learn the differences between mental health, illness and harm
  • Understand people’s perceptions
  • Know the keys to difficult conversations
  • Recognize when it is time to have a conversation with someone
  • Understand Dare to Care
Intended Audience: Everyone in the workplace, and is best delivered to groups of more than 20.
 
Delivery Method: In-person
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Sector: All workplaces