Understanding Mental Illness (1 day)

People who have a mental illness are often misunderstood and stigmatized, leading to an increase in conflict, performance concerns and absenteeism in the workplace. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone is experiencing a mental illness, so that you can respond appropriately. This workshop will provide a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and their symptoms, causes and treatment. Participants will learn to be more comfortable when talking about mental health issues affecting either themselves or others.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • The Whole Picture
  • Stigma and Myths About Mental Illness
  • History of Mental Illness
  • Mental Disorders Overview
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mental Illness and Suicide
  • Mental Illness and Substance Use
  • People and Organizations to Access
  • Finding a Qualified Counselor
  • Talking About Mental Illness

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video and small group discussions