What is The Working Mind (TWM)?

TWM (www.theworkingmind.ca): Workplace Mental Health and Wellness, is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.


TWM offers three tailored course options:

There are three versions of TWM: one for trainers (five days), one for managers/supervisors (eight hours), one for employees /“frontline” staff (four hours). These courses include scenario-based practical applications and custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides and related handouts.

The manager and employee versions include:

  • A focus on dispelling the myths of mental health problems and mental illnesses, aiming to reduce associated stigma
  • An overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
  • Self-assessment of one’s own mental health along the continuum
  • Strategies one can apply at each point along the continuum

The managers’ version includes additional course content, such as:

  • Workplace accommodations and return to work
  • How to observe changes in employees along the continuum
  • Appropriate actions to take
  • How to communicate with employees about mental health illness in a workplace context

The train-the-trainer course equips people with the tools and skills to present both the frontline and manager versions of The Working Mind. The train-the-trainer course is/includes:

  • Taught by master trainers
  • Background information on mental health
  • Extensive information on the key concepts of the employee and manager
  • Structured presentation practice time
  • Evaluation of presentation skills by master trainers and TWM trainers


Goals

  • To support the mental health and wellbeing of employees
  • To enable the full productivity of employees
  • To ensure the workplace is respectful and inclusive of all employees, including those with mental health problems and mental illness
  • To encourage employees to seek help for mental health problems and mental illness


Objectives

  • To examine the effects of mental health problems and mental illness in the workplace
  • To help staff identify indicators of declining and poor mental health in themselves and others
  • To introduce the concept of Mental Health Continuum Model
  • To review employees', managers', and employers' mental health rights and responsibilities
  • To provide strategies staff can use to maintain good mental health

Visit www.theworkingmind.ca for full program detail.

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