Overview

For those that attended the workshop, you can find the Participants’ Guide here.


Sessions

Module 1:

An introduction of the workshop modules, 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:

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:

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 positive 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:

Learn about anti-stigma campaigns and the key strategies for creating an anti-stigma campaign of your own; hear the do’s and don’ts from the experts in this area and follow the journey of our very own Share It, Don’t 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 5:

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 6:

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:

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.