The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – Changing mental health culture in the workplace
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Stephane Grenier, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian military who is now a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur.
Stephane has 29 years of military service and participated in several overseas missions, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95, and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007. The final years of his military career were given over to working at a senior level to re-engineer how the military was dealing with the issues of mental ill health. After retiring, he created Mental Health Innovations (MHI), a consultancy that leads innovative and sustainable change in organisations to enhance the mental health of their people.
In this podcast, Stephane talks about leadership and management approaches to workplace mental health and how, by endorsing clinical theories, leaders have begun to believe that they can’t do anything. He feels that mental ill health is not just a clinical matter that should be left to the medical profession, rather it is something that needs the support of the workplace and society.
Good leadership and culture building can provide some of the solution to the over-medicalisation and over-complication of mental health. Leaders are in a position to give support by simply providing empathy and listening – it’s not the actual words that make a difference rather knowing that someone cares enough to take the time to listen. In other words, the tools are already there, even though you might think they are not appropriate in the workplace. Stephane also discusses how workplace models that are in place to deal with physical injury don’t work for mental health problems as recovery requires additional tools and resources and how mechanisms should be put in place for the due diligence of mental health needs.
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His autobiography is After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture