The Working Mind: Promoting Mental Health at Work

May 5, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (with breaks)

Presented by the Mental Health Commission of Canada

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Stigma is a major barrier preventing people from seeking help for mental health problems or mental illness, often delaying diagnosis and treatment. If identified and treated early, mental health concerns can be temporary and reversible.

Employees who understand their 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. And it is possible to train people to recognize changes in their own mental health and become more resilient.

Program Objectives:

  • Increase your awareness of mental health;
  • Reduce stigma and other barriers to care in the workplace;
  • Encourage mental health conversations;
  • Strengthen your resilience in order to maintain wellness;
  • Help you support yourself and others
Topics Covered:
  • 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.
Our Presenter:

Debbie Phillips has been a nurse for more than 30 years. The majority of her career has been in an emergency department in Halifax and she has always been committed to improving access to compassionate mental health care and tackling the stigma experienced by people living with mental illness.  Currently, along with providing training on behalf of the Mental Health Commission, Debbie is working to improve how young patients in Halifax transition from youth to adult mental health to ensure the path from university campus services to the formal mental health system is free of barriers and supported by collaborative relationships so students receive care when they need it most.

She is a Master Trainer for The Working Mind, The Working Mind First Responders and The Inquiring Mind (Post-Secondary).