For Managers/Supervisors: Preview “The Working Mind”: June 20, 2018

Human Resources will be holding a preview of the new training Working Mind session for UBC managers/supervisors on June 20 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). All members of the distributed HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend for free.

About the Working Mind

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, UBC managers and supervisors are invited to see how it aligns with UBC’s employment policies and procedures.

The session on June 20 is the the manager/supervisor version, and will include information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.

To register, please email Miranda Massie, UBC Health Promotions Coordinator.

Read more about the program goals and objectives under the cut.

Program goals:

• To reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health
• To provide learners with a broad understanding of mental health and wellness
• Help participants maintain mental health and improve resilience
• To promote mental health and wellness in the workplace
• To provide managers with the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees who may be experiencing mental health problems or illness


To give employees/managers the practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so they can:

• Use the mental health continuum to recognize changes in their mental health and that of others
• Be prepared to use skills to improve their coping and resiliency
• Reduce both public and self-stigma
• Be willing to be a part of a supportive workplace

The employee version includes:

• 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

Questions? Ask Miranda Massie.