With October featuring Mental Illness Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, better workplace mental health is top of mind for many organizations. CivicAction reached out to organizations to see how they’re taking action. Read what Accenture is doing in this Q&A with Prea Grover, Program and Project Management Director and Robert D’Ippolito, Advanced App Engineering – Associate Manager.
Tell us about a change your organization is taking to improve workplace mental health.
Earlier this year the Mental Health Employee Resource Group (ERG) launched a Mental Health Ally training program. Participants take part in specialized training that helps equip them with the skills to handle the topic of mental health and be an effective support for colleagues experiencing mental health issues. The training has been crafted by CMHA in collaboration with Accenture and includes topics such as mental health and illness in the workplace, stigma and discrimination in the workplace, warning signs, self-care, workplace accommodations and practical applications.
The objective of this program is to make available employees who are ambassadors, advocates and ‘go-to’ people for those who may need some extra support. These employees/allies play an active role in challenging the stigma around mental health and promoting awareness of the topic. The intent is that they complement the support we provide our employees through Human Resources, Career Counselors, Line Managers and our Employee & Family Assistance Program.