Operationalizing Workplace Mental Health: Strategy to Action Workshop—Vancouver, BC

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:00 a.m.

Session 1
Operationalizing Workplace Mental Health

While there are many components to a successful Psychological Health and Safety Management System (PHSMS), a program will not work without the buy-in of leaders and champions within an organization.

In this session we will operationalize workplace mental health to dig-in to common pain points, challenges, and opportunities organizations face. This ranges from how to create an atmosphere where employees feel safe, how to support employees who are healthy, and how to support employees when they need help. When it comes to workplace mental health this can be challenging as employees and leaders lack training, lack confidence, and don't know what to do. This session will build your confidence and abilities to address workplace mental health by:


  • Strengthen your ability to have conversations with employees about mental health.
  • Understanding what to do when an employee needs help.
  • Building coaching and leadership tools to positively support a mentally healthy workplace.
  • Develop coping skills that can facilitate your resiliency.


10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Benchmarking Your Organizations Healthy Workplace Journey

Canadian organizations are at different steps along their workplace health journey. During this session you will: learn how your organization measures up against peer organizations, have an opportunity to discuss challenges and success you've experienced, and leverage experience in the room from organizations that have taken significant steps to make their workplaces better. Key takeaways for attendees are:


  • Identify where your organization is along the mental health journey.
  • Share challenges you've encountered. Discuss opportunities.
  • Share success you've experience. Discuss ways to increase/sustain success.
  • Discover one action you can take that will ensure your workplace gets better.


12:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m.

Session 3
Roadmap for Designing, Implementing and Measuring a Mental Health Strategy

The importance of workplace mental health continues to rise nationally and internationally and is expected to continue to rise with no end in sight. As a result, many Canadian organizations are becoming more engaged in taking steps to create psychologically safe workplaces. One proactive step is to implement the "National Standard" to facilitate a Psychological Health and Safety Management System (PHSMS) program to curb mental injuries and to mitigate mental health risk. This session is designed to help you:


  • Understand why making the business case matters and how to measure success.
  • Learn what Workplace Health leaders need to know to leverage a PHSMS management system.
  • Develop ideas on how to design your initiatives, select your programs, and evaluate them.
  • Acquire tips on how to adapt to the National Standard, and how to audit and measure your organization against the 13 psychological workplace factors.


2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 p.m.

Session 4
Taking Action on Workplace Mental Health

Since 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has been a guiding light in supporting organizations implementing the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The Commission studied the implementation of the National Standard in 40 Canadian organizations and have identified key promising practices from these case studies. Building on this work, this panel session will dig-in on the practical elements of taking action on workplace mental health. This will include discussions on:


  • What everyday workplace mental health looks like within an organization.
  • Overcoming the status quo and getting started.
  • How to measure success and how to know you're making a real difference.
  • Facing challenges during implementation of a mental health strategy.
  • Real-life keys to success in taking action on workplace mental health.



Sandra Koppert

Kristin Bower


Sandra Koppert

Sandy Coughlin

4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m.

Workshop Adjourns