Building Resiliency

Building awareness about mental health, creating a psychologically safe work environment through peer supports and creating recovery-informed workplaces, all contribute to fostering optimal mental health for our members

Peer Support

Becoming a peer support

The Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program will be delivered to up to 25 Peer Supports selected by BTA Affiliates to establish ‘Mental Health Champions’ to be available on major work sites.

The Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate program is a one of a kind in Canada and is a partnership between TELUS Health, Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair and Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. The accredited certificate program will be delivered virtually and consists of two half-day instructor-led workshops, three e-learning modules and three online exams.

How it works

Over the course of three modules, Peer Supports will explore the ever-expanding business case for mental health in the workplace. This includes an improved understanding of relevant legal, ethical, and business concerns.

This certificate program also supports the development of empathetic and solution-focused leadership skills, which can be transferred to a variety of settings and situations.

Module I

introduction to a mentally healthy workplace and leaders role in early prevention

Provides an overview of the topic from a health and business perspective including: the importance of good mental health, understanding the leader’s role and business case for promoting a mentally healthy workplace, an exploration of common mental health problems and observable warning signs, the impact of negative stereotypes and stigma, as well as strategies for supporting mental health and resiliency. It also explores the role of perception on stress levels.

Module II

The Leader’s Role in Recovery and Return to Work

Provides a more in-depth look at the leader’s role and accountability for addressing behaviour and performance issues where a mental health issue may be present. Leaders will be encouraged to develop practical skills for addressing behaviour and performance issues, balancing the needs of the employee, team, and business. The module will consider some of the legal, business, and human considerations, such as accommodation, to help support performance during the recovery and return to work periods.

Module III

Promoting a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Provides leaders with foundational leadership practices (based on the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety) to promote a mentally healthy workplace. Leaders will be encouraged to consider some of the factors, as well as their scope of influence over workplace behaviours, norms and practices that contribute to a mentally healthy workplace.


Contact us with your name, contact information, and a brief message about your interest in becoming a Peer Support. Our team will respond to provide more details and guide you through the enrollment process.

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