Mental Illness Conversations in the Workplace: Breaking the Silence and Being Supportive to Help Employees Open Up

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    Speaker: Beverly Beuermann-King


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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 51136
    Level: Beginner

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OVERVIEW

Have You Ever…
• Felt at a loss for words, awkward or afraid to speak to someone about a mental health issue?
• Wondered how stress or the blues was different from a mental illness diagnosis?
• Felt that there was more that you could do to support those in your company or family who were experiencing a mental health issue?

"Fear breeds isolation. Caring leads to connection!”

One in five will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. That means that every person is likely to have a family member, friend or co-worker that will struggle with a mental illness. Most people feel that they are lacking in meaningful tools to offer any assistance.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

Silence about mental illness is costly and many who need help often suffer in silence. Would employees in your workplace feel uncomfortable speaking to their manager, union representative or a colleague if they experienced a mental health issue? Over half of respondents feared that making such a disclosure would jeopardize their chances for promotion and future success in their organizations. The key to breaking down barriers and eliminating the stigma is in our ability to have supportive, honest, caring mental health conversations at work.

AREAS COVERED

Participants will;
• Understand the signs and symptoms of major mental illnesses so that there is a general recognition of the early warning signs of a mental health challenge
• Develop an understanding and strategies for supporting and managing employees with mental health issues in order to effectively encourage members to seek appropriate help if needed
• Be able to focus more on employee stress management techniques and finding ways for anxiety relief at work
• Combat the effects of the stigma associated with having a mental illness in order to build understanding and acceptance in your workplace
• Utilize the A-L-E-C model for effective and supportive mental health conversations at work

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This presentation will promote awareness of the symptoms, frequency, and treatment options for major mental illnesses. And it will dive into the most beneficial ways people can connect and be supportive when they suspect that someone is struggling. It will leverage the relationship skills that we already use for managing employees with mental health issues. It will also help to understand the link between mental health and productivity in the workplace. This workshop will help managers and employees become comfortable with having mental health conversations at work in a non-judgmental and supportive way. It will also help them in effectively dealing with mental health issues in the workplace.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

• Human Resources Professionals
• Health and Safety Reps
• Union Reps
• Supervisors, Manager, Directors (Team Leads)
• Executive Directors Not-For-Profit

SPEAKER

Years of Experience: 25+ years

Areas of Expertise: Stress Management, Building Resiliency, Workplace Wellness

Beverly Beuermann-King specializes in working with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life's challenges and live healthy, successful lives using her S-O-S Principle™. Like you, stress and resiliency expert, Beverly Beuermann-King has seen the concept of wellness and resiliency change and expand.

For over 20 years, Beverly has used her S-O-S Principle™ with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges, and live healthy, successful lives. Beverly appreciates that there is not ‘one way’ to deal with our business challenges or build resiliency. Beverly believes that it is about building a plan that works, and one that is unique to the person and team who builds it.

Beverly launched her company, R ‘n B Consulting, in 1995, and since then she has helped teams from a wide range of industries (including healthcare, education, government agencies, finance, and not-for-profit) to shift from stressed out to resilient, enabling them to be happier, engaged, and successful.

Beverly’s psychology, sociology, management, and adult education background combine to create her Work Smart Live Smart presentations, which are soundly based on research, and are enlightening and inspirational. Audiences discover the right strategies to improve their health, manage their challenges, and enhance their life’s satisfaction using three simple questions.

Beverly is a sought-after media spokesperson and has made over 500 television and radio appearances on shows such as City TV and CBC, and in national publications from the Toronto Star newspaper to Chatelaine magazine. Beverly is a highly respected speaker. Diverse organizations from Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Veterinarian Association, to York Regional Police, and the Elementary Teachers Federation, have partnered with Beverly when they want their teams to have a better grasp on how to combat stress and protect their mental health.  Beverly is one of less than seventy Canadians to have earned their Certified Speaking Professional designation.

Beverly’s ability to connect the theoretical to real life through her stories and humor, help her audiences to move past the challenges and into a world of possibilities.

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