There is massive opportunity in changing how we connect with and support people in the workplace.
In this conversation, Stéphane makes a compelling case that we can do something about the high rates of absenteeism and long-term disability taking place in corporate Canada.
It’s not all about EAP programs and it’s not about KPIs. It’s about people. It always has been and always will be. Companies and leaders who thrive in the Information Age will be the ones that truly understand how to put their people first. It’s more than a slogan that goes on a poster.
It’s being willing to be there when people need you. It’s understanding that an open heart and an open mind are often exactly what people need. It’s acknowledging a simple truth; employees are human beings first.
It’s leading effectively amidst human hardship.
Stéphane Grenier is a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker and entrepreneur. He retired from the Canadian military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 29 years. He participated in several overseas missions, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95, and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.
Faced with his own undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues. In 2001, he coined the term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented and managed a government-based national Peer Support program for the Canadian military.
In the spring of 2012, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations (MHI) a social enterprise dedicated to developing non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care. More recently, in 2016 he launched a second company that is now charged with implementing and delivering peer support services within in patient MH units at the provincial health care system level
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