Awareness of Workplace Mental Health and Workplace Influences

Presented by: 
Margaret Tebbutt
Monday, November 5, 2012 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Point Grey
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd., Party Room
Free Seminar, Please RSVP

Program Summary:
An Event in Support of Thrive Week

Workplace mental health issues are a growing trend. Being aware of them in the workplace and being self-aware on how we can influence the workplace are building blocks to creating a supportive work environment. The benefits of psychologically safe and healthy workplaces include comfort in talking about mental illnesses and an increase in mental health for all.

The intention of the workshop is to help employees see their valuable contribution to each other’s wellbeing at work. Information is presented from a co-worker perspective, shedding light on often hidden issues that may contribute to conflict and lack of understanding when a co-worker is struggling. Participants are able to increase their comfort in talking about these issues, and increase their ability to respond in a supportive manner. This workshop helps participants contribute to increased success when an employee is staying at work or returning to work after an absence due to mental health issues. Participants will have contact with Canadians who live and work with a mental illness through videos of real people sharing their stories.

Participants will:

  • Incorporate stories of people who live and work with a mental illness into an attitude shift that allows for greater understanding of the impact of mental health challenges among co-workers.
  • Recognize what may be possible signs that a colleague’s mental health is deteriorating.
  • Question their own and others’ attitudes and assumptions about employees who are struggling with performance, and employees who have a mental illness. Define and recognize the impact of manager and co-worker attitude and response on the employee who is struggling.
  • Produce action items to build capacity for comprehensive social support in the workplace
  • Produce action items to address barriers to inclusion for employees who have a mental illness

You Will Learn:

  • More detailed advice on how we as colleagues and managers can better approach and help colleagues who are struggling.
  • What are risk factors and protective factors for mental health in the workplace, and develop action items to address these in your worksite.

Presenter Bio:
Margaret frequently delivers presentations on strategic approaches to workplace mental health at conferences, as well as Mental Health Works ( workshops to help managers and union leaders develop the knowledge and skills to more effectively discuss mental health issues with employees and create accommodation strategies that work.

Margaret manages CMHA’s National Bottom Line Conference on mental health in the workplace, with the next Feb. 27-28, 2013, on "Celebrating a New Era in Workplace Mental Health" (  Prior to joining CMHA in 2005, she held positions as Senior Advisor, Executive Development for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business; Director, Client Service Delivery with Western Economic Diversification Canada; and in Canada’s foreign service at embassies abroad.

Margaret graduated from the University of Calgary and then the University of Montpellier (France) with a Maïtrise ès letters (MA).   She also completed executive training through the National Defence College, UBC Sauder School of Business, and the Canadian Centre for Executive Development.

Who Should Attend:
All AAPS members are welcome.

Program Information:
Monday, November 5, 2012
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Student Union Building
6138 Student Union Boulevard [view location Map]
Room: Party Room