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The Working Mind Mental Health Training

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce stigma around mental illness in the workplace.  This training directly supports our shared purpose of promoting and contributing to a healthy and safe community at McMaster University.

The Working Mind (TWM) was developed to initiate a shift in the way you think, act, and feel about mental health.

It was designed to provide practical knowledge and skills to address mental health and mental illness in the workplace. It is intended for employees as well as managers, supervisors and team leads who manage and support teams.

Three Core Modules offer the same foundational content to both employee and people leader participants. They focus on increasing self-awareness and taking care of your own mental health. The Module for people leaders offers leadership-specific content and focuses on helping leaders support their teams’ mental health.  People leaders will complete the three core modules and the leader-specific module.

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Module 1: Mental Health & Stigma

Mental Health and Stigma will introduce the participants to the concepts of mental health, mental illness, and stigma and discuss impacts of stigma on individuals living with mental health problems.

Module 2: Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace will discuss psychological health and safety in the workplace and introduce participants to the Mental Health Continuum tool, which they can use to do a self-check and discuss mental health with others.

Module 3: Stress & Resilience

Stress & Resilience will discuss the impacts of stress on mental health and introduce participants to the Big 4 coping strategies – simple but proven tools that they can us to deal with stress effectively and remain resilient.

Module 4: Supporting Your Team (People Leaders Only)

Supporting Your Team will build on the first three core modules and introduce people leaders to ways they can support their teams’ mental health using the Ad Hoc Incident Review (AIR) as well as other available resources.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be better able to:

  • 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 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
  • Identify and practice coping strategies to manage stress and remain resilient
  • Identify and use available resources to support self and others

Upcoming Courses

Cost & Cancellation

In response to recommendations by McMaster’s Mental Health Task Force, this program has been championed, implemented and administered by Human Resources Services, in partnership with McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being. We are grateful for the collaboration and strong support from our valued campus partners

This program is available at no cost to McMaster staff, faculty and leaders.

Those who cancel their registration within seven calendar days or less of the program start date, or who miss more than 30 minutes of the course and cannot be certified, will have an administrative fee ($100) billed to their department. A minimum number of participants is required for the course to take place and may be rescheduled if there is insufficient attendance.

Contact Us

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Deb Garland

Manager, Workplace Health & Well-being Strategies

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Kyle Armstrong

Program Manager, Workplace Health & Well-being