WeCARE: How to support someone who is struggling with their mental health

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Stopwatch iconTime to complete: Approximately 40 minutes

About This Course

Many of us know someone who struggles with mental health challenges. In this course you'll learn how to show you care, ask R U OK?, and guide a distressed teammate to seek professional support. WeCARE equips you with tangible tools and skills to support others in the workplace in order to stop little problems from getting bigger.

The course takes less than 40 minutes to complete, and includes a comprehensive resource toolkit with a guidebook, posters, fact sheets and checklists. You will receive a certificate after completing this course.

Thank you for wanting to create a more caring and supportive workplace.

Why Caring Matters

Caring for the people you work with is one of the greatest things you can do to build a resilient workplace. It breaks down mental health stigma, and delivers on the health and safety promise we all make to each other.

But how can we help? When should we say something? And what if we say the wrong thing?

We believe that a conversation can change a life. The ICARE approach provides five evidence-based steps to help a teammate who is struggling. It’s designed to increase your mental health insights. Just a few simple steps can add up to a more caring and mentally healthy team.

The ICARE framework (COEUR in French) is a central part of the WeCARE program. The framework is just one example of the many helpful resources included with the program. If enough people feel confident to support their peers using the ICARE approach, we can build a WeCARE culture.

Acknowledgements

The ICARE framework was created by Graeme Cowan, co-founder of FactorC, author of Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and a Board Director of Australian suicide prevention charity R U OK?

WeCARE is delivered in Canada in partnership with Mental Health Innovations.