Workshop schedule

Breakfast served from: 7:30 a.m.

Workshop start: 8:30 a.m.

Workshop end: 4:30 p.m.

Networking reception: 4:30-6:00 p.m. (optional)

Lunch will be provided

Breaks times - TBD


Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health and Resilience

An introduction of the workshop modules, the benefits of addressing mental health in the workplace, setting the context with terms of reference and defining resilience. This module will cover key concepts such as what we mean by mental health, resilience and the difference between individual and organizational resilience.

Module 2: Overview of the Recommended Practices

Learn about the Recommended Practices, a guide created by the First Responders Mental Health Committee. This guide was developed to act as a tool kit for employers, supervisors, and workers to support positive mental health in the workplace and provides resources to assist in this process.

The Recommended Practices are based on research studies and other similar practice documents, along with contributions developed through a collaborative process with First Responders.

Module 3: The Role of Leadership in Promoting Mental Health in Your Workplace

Learn about the importance of leadership and how leaders play a crucial role in initiating and implementing organizational awareness and change. Learn why this is critical to the promotion of psychological health in the workplace. Although the role and duties of a leader can vary across public safety organizations, the key components of a strong leader are universal and what makes an effective leader is discussed in this module. Strategy and program development is also addressed for leaders who are already playing an active role in promoting positive mental health in their organization and may benefit from a framework for implementing change.

Module 4: Measurement and Evaluation

Learn the how and why when it comes to data and evaluation. Learn how to use data to identify key mental health issues in the workplace and prepare for the evaluation before you begin. This important aspect of strategy and program development allows for leadership to gain an understanding of the psychological health factors present in their organization and how to gather information, statistics, and measures to identify areas for action and improvement. This module covers how to conduct measurement using a variety of tools and why it is important to establish a baseline for your organization.

Module 5: Addressing Stigma

Learn about anti-stigma campaigns and the key strategies for creating an anti-stigma campaign of your own; hear the doís and doníts from the experts in this area and follow the journey of our very own Share It, Donít Wear It anti-stigma campaign. Discuss the meaning of stigma and how this concept differs for individuals and for organizations. This module looks at how anti-stigma campaigns align with organizational culture and promoting a psychologically safe workplace.

Module 6: Intervention and Treatment

Learn how to improve intervention and treatment strategies and provide access to a range of support options. In this module, we explore in-house support services, peer support services, access to mental health experts, maintaining privacy and confidentiality and a range of other considerations when assessing the supports most appropriate for your organization. Hear from experts in the field about how to foster positive mental health through evidence-based strategies.

Module 7: Occupational Awareness

Learn about the importance of occupational awareness as a leader and key considerations to understanding the issues surrounding work in public safety organizations. This module provides an overview of access to specialized treatment providers, effective recover at work principles, presumptive legislation and a leaderís role.

Module 8: Mobilizing through Training, Education, and Integration

Learn how to navigate the many options for education and training to determine what works best for your organization. Learn about the importance of training and strategies for integration in this module. Hear from experts about strategies that assist in ensuring that education and training efforts are meeting the needs of your organization.

Module 9: Action Planning

Learn how to put paper to practice and take the strategies covered in this workshop so that they can be applied to your organization. Identify your top priorities and next steps to build resilience in your organization and promote positive mental health based on what you have learned. This module allows for time to reflect on the information provided and the strategies discussed and to then, leave with action items that commit to building resilience in your organization.