About The Working Mind

Disability claims related to mental illnesses cost the Canadian economy approximately $51 billion annually – close to $20 billion is paid directly by Canadian employers. Additionally, more than 50% of individuals experiencing mental health problems or illnesses do not seek treatment – and it is largely due to stigma.

Reducing Stigma in the Workplace

The Working Mind (TWM) is an educational workplace mental health and wellness program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental health problems and illnesses in a workplace setting.

Adapted from the Department of National Defence (DND), Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program, The Working Mind helps individuals identify poor mental health in themselves and others, while building mental resiliency.  

A Proven Approach

Evaluation of thousands of participants from various workplaces across Canada, has shown The Working Mind program to be significantly effective through:

  • Reduction in stigmatizing attitudes in employees and managers
  • Increase in resiliency skills
  • Improvement in overall resiliency and mental health and wellbeing

Course Format

Intended for a wide array of workplace sectors, The Working Mind program has several adaptations available.

The Working Mind program for frontline staff aims to:

  • Dispel myths around mental health problems and illnesses
  • Provide an overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
  • Self-assessment of participants’ own mental health along the continuum
  • Takeaway strategies participants can apply at each point along the continuum

In addition to the concepts covered in the frontline staff adaptation, The Working Mind for managers program addresses:

  • Workplace accommodation and return to work
  • Observation of employees along the continuum
  • Appropriate action
  • Communicating with employees about mental health problems and illness in a workplace setting

Our train-the-trainer course equips individuals with tools and skills to teach both frontline and manager adaptations of The Working Mind.

For more information on The Working Mind, contact: theworkingmind@mentalhealthcommission.ca