Pre Workshop: Mental Health at Work: Meeting legal obligations, providing effective support

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Event date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 09:00 to 16:00
Name of Organization: 
Lancaster House Publishing
The Delta Halifax


Working-age Canadians are likely to spend most of their waking lives in the workplace, which means that managers, union representatives, and co-workers are likely to be among the first people to observe changes in behaviour that may indicate whether someone is developing a mental health problem. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable approaching a co-worker or employee who appears mentally unwell, which may result not only in further deterioration for the employee in question, but also in legal liability for employers and costly, time-consuming litigation.This one-day skills training session will equip managers, supervisors, and union representatives with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote mental well-being in the workplace, support employees who are mentally unwell, and fulfil their legal obligation to accommodate employees experiencing poor mental health.You should attend this session if you want to:

  • Understand the medical/psychological concepts of mental health, mental illness, and substance dependence, as well as the legal concept of mental disability.
  • Better understand stigma and know how to combat it.
  • Approach employees about their mental health in a helpful, non-threatening way.
  • Support and accommodate employees with mental health disabilities.
  • Develop effective, legally-compliant accommodation and return-to-work plans.