Organizational Structure and Stigma Reduction

Workplaces can play an important role in promoting the mental health of employees. They can also be a source of stress that contributes to mental health problems. Research has shown that stigma has a powerful impact on the psychological well-being of employees in the workplace. On both a public and personal level dealing with stigma isolates and complicates the struggles of employees dealing with mental illness. One of the ways we can address stigma is by examining the organizational culture that supports it and develop plans to change it.

In this course, we explore organizational culture and structure, and how these elements impact first responders dealing with challenges related to mental illness. We will examine the psychosocial risk factors for mental health in the workplace and develop an action plan to shift an organizational culture away from stigma and towards a culture that supports psychological safety and well-being for all.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $350.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define organizational culture and its impact on stigma in an organization 
  • Define the 13 psychosocial risk factors that impact organizational health
  • Analyze the current state of an organization and identify gaps to be addressed to mitigate these risk factors
  • Develop an effective organizational action plan focused on the impact of stigma and its reduction
  • Describe an implementation strategy for an organizational wellness program and ways to evaluate the program’s effectiveness
  • Propose sustainability strategies to support long-term success
  • Formulate a business case for organizational change to encourage the adoption of your action plan

How will I learn?

  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas