Social Stigma in the Workplace During COVID-19

                                                                          Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET

As the pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges in the workplace, it is important for employers to prioritize employee well-being. During this webinar our panelists will discuss social stigma in the workplace during COVID-19 and the negative impact it can have on employee well-being and performance. The aim of this webinar is to provide attendees with a better understanding of some of the factors that can cause employees to experience stigma in the workplace, how to recognize when an employee is suffering, and what both employers and co-workers can do to help reduce the risk it is occurring, particularly while working remotely.

Learning outcomes:

  • What is workplace stigma
  • What are some of the causes of workplace stigma and how to recognize them
  • What are the impacts on employee well-being and performance
  • What can employers and co-workers do to help reduce the risk of workplace stigma occurring
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Andrew Szeto

Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy, University of Calgary
Dr. Andrew Szeto is currently the Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary responsible for guiding the implementation of the 28 recommendations within the University of Calgary Mental Health Strategy. He is also a Principal Investigator at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Over the past eight years, Dr. Szeto has focused on the evaluation of workplace mental illness anti-stigma and mental health promotion programs, such as The Working Mind and the The Working Mind for first responders (both of which have been built on the R2MR program from the Department of National Defence). Over the past several years, he has worked to develop and pilot The Inquiring Mind Post-Secondary, a program tailored for post-secondary students. As well, he has developed a junior high/high school version of the program called The Inquiring Mind Youth. Dr. Szeto also conducts basic research that examines the stigma of mental illness with social psychological methods and theories, including research on labelling, attitudes, and new interventions to reduce stigma. More recently, his research has focused on post-secondary mental health. He has published academic articles on various topics related to mental health and the stigma of mental illness.
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Liz Horvath

Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Liz currently leads the Workplace Mental Health program at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she helps organizations implement workplace mental health strategies that align with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. For nearly 25 years, Liz has helped numerous organizations achieve better business outcomes by keeping workers healthy, safe and productive. Known for her expertise in health, safety and wellbeing, management systems integration and her interpersonal skills, Liz has empowered people with varied interests to achieve important goals.

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Jordan Friesen

Principal, Mindset Mental Health Strategy
Jordan is a workplace mental health consultant with many years experience in Canada’s non-profit sector leading national initiatives focused on corporate mental health. Since leaving the non-profit world, Jordan uses his skills to assist organizations who want to create mentally healthy workplaces. In addition to consulting, Jordan has experience in training, education, organizational development. Jordan’s education includes a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba and he is a registered occupational therapist.
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