Mental health training programs for managers: What do managers find valuable?

Carolyn S Dewa, Amy Burke, Donna Hardaker, Michele Caveen, Mary Ann Baynton

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Effective management of mental illness in the workplace has been identified as critical to decreasing its impact and developing a healthy workplace. Educational programs targeting managers have been held up as one way of developing effective management practices. While there are recommendations for what managers should do and how they should do it, there is little literature reflecting the managers' voices and what they value. For example, what skills would they like to learn related to mental illness and the workplace? What questions do they have about mental illness? What is their preference for how the material is delivered? Without answers to questions such as these, it is difficult to develop effective training programs for this key group. This paper seeks to add to the body of knowledge about designing mental health training programs for managers. We analyze responses of managers who attended workshops designed to teach them skills to address workplace mental health problems. The paper's three main objectives are to identify (a) aspects of the workshop most valued by participants, (b) areas of information and support managers consider helpful, and (c) barriers in the workplace that make managing mental illness challenging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-239
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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