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For Leaders

Resources in this section are for people leaders (staff, faculty and student leaders). The resources are intended to aid you in your leadership role in terms of mental health.


Leadership is the act of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal.

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Why Good Mental Health is a Leader's Best Friend Learn More

An article about the importance for leaders to focus on their own mental health. Unrealistic expectations, excessive workloads and tight deadlines increase stress and force people to work longer, often for no reward. In other words, leaders can set the tone for good mental health in the workplace.

Psychological Safety Resources For Leaders During COVID-19 Learn More

The information and recommendations contained in this publication are believed to be reliable and in addition to assessing and addressing psychosocial hazards, employers should follow these best practices to promote a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.

Dare to Lead Learn More

With bestselling Author Brene Brown, Dare to Lead is her podcast around leadership and being brave, vulnerable and innovative.  

APA: Coping from the Healthcare Provider's Perspective Learn More

Find out how psychologists over the world suggest that you can better cope with the psychological effects of COVID-19.  

CAMH's Mental Health Playbook for Business Leaders Learn More

A user-friendly playbook providing a path to more effective solutions and better outcomes for employees and for businesses regarding mental health. 

Campus Mental Health In Times of COVID-19 Pandemic: Data-informed Challenges & Opportunities Learn More

Survey results share webinar perceptions of student mental health from the perspective of campus mental health service professionals, administrations and student affairs administrators. This report presents synthesized perspectives on crisis management, how to respond to most vulnerable students, ensuring accessibility, inclusion and ethos of social justice from multiple perspectives. 

Care for Healthcare Workers Learn More

Protection and promotion of mental health is important in every workplace, but healthcare settings can be particularly challenging environments. Use this free online resource to identify key areas of strength and concern that influence the psychological health and safety in your healthcare organization.

Conversations You Need to Have About Mental Illness Learn More

A simplified key points document about talking with friends, co-workers and your teen about mental illness.

How To Be A Mental Health Leader For Your Team Learn More

Five brief tips about how to leaders can be more cognizant of mental health in the office. 

Mental Health and the Learning Environment: A toolkit for faculty and staff Learn More

Helps faculty and teaching staff take steps within the classroom in a collective effort to support student mental health. This toolkit’s recommendations can be a support for faculty working to embed mental well-being into everyday practice. 

Motivation and Wellbeing in Graduate School Learn More

Presentation by Nathan C. Hall (McGill University) titled Motivation and Wellbeing in Graduate School.

7 ways employers can support working parents during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Learn More

From UNICEF – Children around the world need their parents during the pandemic. This article gives advice to employers how on to support them.  

Digital Wellness: Your Playbook for Thriving in the Remote Work Era Learn More

This guide is for business leaders and employees who want to explore a better way to work in this new digital world. Digital Wellness is no longer a luxury in the workplace; it is a business and lifestyle imperative for organizational performance.? 

Integrating social justice-based conflict resolution into higher education settings: Faculty, staff, and student professional development through mediation training Learn More

This paper will share highlights of an approach used to target professional development of faculty and staff at one of the largest public, land grant, research-intensive universities in the United States. 

Conflict Management and Prevention Learn More

Resources, tools and strategies to help health care leaders prevent and address the unfortunate reality of bullying, harassment and other conflicts. 

Challenged Academic Units Learn More

One focus of this assessment is to consider the causes and manifestations of conflict within academic units. While you cannot change the conduct of your colleagues, you can affect how problems play out by changing how you think about and react to conflicts?when they arise.?Here are five ways to?manage conflicts and disputes.?? 

How to Foster Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings Learn More

This article offers tips for how team leaders can use the functions on online platforms to overcome this barrier and make virtual meetings more productive. 

What Psychological Safety Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace Learn More

The authors suggest a series of five steps to create a culture of psychological safety that extends beyond the work content to include broader aspects of employees’ experiences.

Workplace-Based Learning Sessions Learn More

In partnership with Homewood Health, McMaster Human Resources offer leaders and their teams the opportunity to book a variety of workplace-based learning sessions to explore topics ranging from general knowledge to personal health and wellness strategies, including effective approaches to managing stress, team interaction, work-life integration, and family dynamics.

Peer Support Canada Learn More

Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.

Peer Support Canada also offers certification for Peer Supporters, Family Peer Supporters, and for Peer Support Mentors. Peer Support Certification is a confirmation of one’s knowledge, skills, and experience as a peer supporter. Certification verifies one’s alignment with the nationally endorsed Standard of Practice, and is recognized across Canada.

Abolish the University: Build the Sanctuary Campus Learn More

Dr. David L. Clark wrote an article titled “Abolish the University: Build the Sanctuary Campus” that allows readers to reflect on how post-secondary institutions can, and should, become sanctuaries.