Tools for Managing and Supervising Employees Struggling with Mental Health Challenges

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Tools for Managing and Supervising Employees Struggling with Mental Health Challenges

This project will train managers, supervisors, faculty and staff to promote emotional health and well-being among those they supervise and reduce barriers to assisting them.  We have developed a curriculum based on the latest science.  The curriculum consists of four sessions that are a mixture of didactic and skills development.  The sessions cover evidence-based best practices in mental illness-related disability prevention and mental and emotional well-being promotion in the workplace from the supervisor’s perspective


Project Lead:

Carolyn S. Dewa, MPH, PhD

Project Manager, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
School of Medicine 

Funding Amount:



The curriculum has three principal learning objectives. 

By the end of the course, the learners will be able to:

(1) discuss and build on their understanding of the synergistic relationship of mental health and the workplace,

(2) promote and support emotional health and well-being within their work environments,

(3) constructively collaborate with employees in a way that promotes and supports the emotional health and well-being of their staff and themselves. 

Outcomes will be measured using:
  1. Pre/post training evaluation,
  2. Holding follow up sessions 30 days after the training to gather information about the experiences of learners with their new skills with regard to the difficulties they faced as well as their successes.
  3. Data will also be gathered from any individual or group requesting follow up after the 30 day period regarding the types of topics that arise during the follow-up. This information can be used to further enhance the training.


November - February: Build on and modify the existing syllabus and teaching material and pilot the modified teachi ng material.
March - April: Offer the course. The course will be offered in two formats. One format will be 1-hour sessions offered in 4 consecutive weeks. The second format will be two 2-hour sessions offered during 2 consecutive
days including Saturdays if needed for accessibility.
May: Hold follow-up sessions
June: Review outcomes and prepare report for HCN steering committee