Managing mental health

May 14, 2015
Managing mental health
The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace offers Managing Mental Health Matters (MMHM), a "first of its kind" free program focused on helping managers, supervisors and other leaders learn how to effectively recognize and manage mental health related issues in the workplace. MMHMs uses a story-based approach, portraying realistic episodes of workplace "characters" dealing with situations common to everyday worklife. The user engages in the process, rather than simply being given information. These interactive film and story-based scenarios enable users to participate in the process of a new manager's introduction to his first week of his new position, learning the principles and practicalities of effectively managing issues related to employee mental health in the workplace. The user has the power to direct the new manager through different scenarios, experiencing the challenges and successes in managing the situations that arise. This level of training is designed to not only provide the facts, but to change the way learners ultimately perform in their jobs and how they think about mental health in the workplace, said the centre.

MMHM addresses critical issues relevant to mental health in the workplace:

• Need for reasonable accommodation
• Performance management
• Solution-focused resolution of worker conflict
• Successful reintegration of returning workers
• Emotional intelligence.

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