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.