At a time when society is arguably more fragmented than ever before, and technology and social media have overtaken face-to-face communication, the power of human interaction has never been greater. Nowhere can it have more impact than in the lives of people experiencing mental illness.
In today’s modern fast paced workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of both short and long-term disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. Considering the potential return on investment resulting from increased awareness and support for workplace mental health, this particular subject matter has naturally been turning heads across the nation and garnering corporate leaders’ undivided attention.
Nevertheless, mental health remains a widely misunderstood phenomenon, often referred to as merely a clinical issue. What exactly constitutes a workplace stress injury? Is it a purely clinical matter or can it be addressed by good leadership and corporate management? Has society’s over-medicalisation and widespread stigmatisation of mental health contributed to this fast growing problem?
In hopes of challenging society’s traditional outlook regarding mental health, Grenier has spent much of his career redefining how workplaces and individuals should care for and support those affected by mental health problems. By developing, implementing, and managing peer based programs aimed at reducing stigma, Grenier provides leaders and managers a firm understanding of how to deal with the fast growing realities hindering today’s brain based economy. His non clinical approach offers simple and pragmatic ways of giving purpose to the lived experience of members of workplaces and allows organizations to start down the path of systemic wellness and re-humanized workplaces where mental health stigma is no longer a barrier to recovery.
With over a decade of experience in the field and a longstanding personal path to recovery to draw from, Canadian Forces veteran Stephane Grenier provides riveting new paradigms regarding mental health, recovery and resilience, in order to present a new way of looking at an old problem. His focus resides in providing solutions anchored in both personal experience and research findings of various well-known authors and theorists.
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