The Working Mind


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The Working Mind Workshop

The Working Mind is targeted to general workplace audiences. The workshop aims to increase awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illnesses, and offer resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency. Equally important goals are to create a supportive environment, strengthen the organizational culture, and contribute to a healthy workplace.

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is adapted from the Department of National Defence's Road to Mental Health Readiness programs.

Employee Workshop

The employee workshop is open to all University of Calgary employees and is 3.5 hours in length.  The workshop’s goal is to give you practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so you can:

  • recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others
  • reduce stigma and negative attitudes
  • support colleagues with mental health problems
  • maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience.

The employee workshop is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

Manager Workshop

The manager workshop is a full 7.0 hour day. In addition to the goals of the employee workshop, you will also be able to:

  • ensure you have the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees with mental illness
  • recognize the effects of the stigma of mental illness and attempt to reduce its impact

The manager workshop is part of the UManage program. The Working Mind manager workshop is equivalent to UManage module 9.

Employee Booster

In this 2 hour booster session, we will build on the strategies developed in The Working Mind Employee Workshop by:

  • reviewing the Mental Health Continuum Model and/or coping strategies
  • having the opportunity to discuss and engage with your peers in "real world" application of The Working Mind in case studies

Manager Booster

In this 2 hour booster session, we will build on the strategies developed in The Working Mind Manager Workshop by: 

  • reviewing the Mental Health Continuum Model and/or coping strategies
  • apply the skills through case studies prepared specifically for managers in the University of Calgary context