Webinars, Movies, Radio, Etc.

Education, Communication, Respect

The following resources can be used to guide employers, human resource professionals, managers, and colleagues, along with the employees who struggle with mental disorders. The links lead to a range of topics including: best practices for inclusion; the complex issue of disclosure; invisible challenges of individual disorders; and suggestions pertaining to reasonable accommodations.

Webinars, Movies, Radio, ETC.

  • The Inclusion SolutionWebinar – Mindgym – Without inclusion, diversity leads to slower decision making, more conflict and increased fragmentation; stress and absenteeism increase; productivity plummets.  Octavius Black, CEO, Mind Gym and Cathy Walton, Creative Director, Mind Gym present the business case for putting inclusion at the centre of HR strategy.  Discover 1. Why psychological safety is so important and what we do every day to undermine it. 2. The behaviours that do most to help people be their better self at work. 3. How to build an inclusive environment where people flourish.
  • Loving Lampposts Documentary – As autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years, two opposing questions have been asked about the condition: is it a devastating sickness to be cured? Or is it a variation of the human brain, just a different way to be human?
  • Citizen Autistic Documentary – Citizen Autistic offers an inside look at activists on the frontlines of the autism war – the fight for human rights and self-advocacy.
Stigma & Labels
  • Fighting Stigma with Science – Bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder (BED).  Half of the risk is due to genetic factors.  Role of genes and environment.  Racial differences.  Twin studies.  Anorexia nervosa highest mortality rate of any mental illness.  Under detected in a number of minorities. Remove shame, improve insurance coverage, increase research. 
What Employers and Politicians Need to Know
  • Employment Webinar: Road to Recovery: Best Practices and Financing Strategies for Supported Employment – NAMI
  • From survive to thrive: How to get people flourishing whatever the pressure – Productivity is down, stress-related illness and claims are up; good people are leaving big companies for an easier way of life.  “Overwhelmed employees” are one of the most pressing business challenges today, yet the pressure to deliver more with less continues.  This webinar addresses what leaders can do; false assumptions related to “work-life balance;” why some employees thrive, while others don’t even survive; how to equip people so they are better at looking after themselves and those they work with; and why focusing on managers is the most cost-effective way to build a resilient organization.
  • Addressing Depression in the Workplace – Right Direction – Tools and resources.  Partnership for Workplace Mental Health – APA – American Psychiatric Foundation.  Business Case for taking action, share stories, how to take action.  Prevalence, lost productivity, work impairment, absenteeism, treatable, early treatment, disability claims, top five reason for disability claims, chronic, ongoing treatment, sleep problems, concentration, decisions, self-medication, addiction, absenteeism, presenteeism, irritability,  
Training and Development
  • Performance management: get it right – Mindgym – 85% of companies either just have or are just about to change their performance management system. While this webinar is geared toward all employees; it reinforces the impact performance management techniques have on mental health, as well as performance, and highlights the ways in which employees respond differently to stress, and the importance of differentiating performance management. It explores 1. Why focusing on the individual, not the system, is key to creating a high performing culture, 2. The six psychological conditions that turn employees into high performers, 3. The role the employee needs to play, as well as their manager, to create these conditions, 4. Practical steps to start building a higher performing business straight away.
Creativity and Mental Illness
  • Creativity, Sensitivity and Suffering – “Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity…If you are an artist, you are your instrument. The greater access you maintain to yourself, the richer and broader your array of creative tools.”
Tools for Employee Success
Personal Stories of Success and Inspiration
  • Front of the ClassFull Movie – Brad Cohen – A true story about an outstanding teacher with Tourette’s Syndrome. 
  • Olympian-turned-Vegas escort Suzy Favor Hamilton shares her story – CBC Radio – She grew up running in small town America and became an Olympic darling . And when she began a secret life, she was just as competitive. Suzy Favor Hamilton became one of Las Vegas’s most sought after escorts. She shares her story in “Fast Girl.”

Be Counted!  Illuminate Mental Diversity at Work.
There is safety (AND strength) in numbers. “All for one, and one for all.”

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© October 2015


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