Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health issues can take on individuals firsthand. A former post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer, he is now a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur who was appointed to the Order of Canada and awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Guelph and Humber College for his contributions to the field of workplace mental health. He retired from the Canadian military as a Lieutenant Colonel after 29 years of service having participated in several overseas missions, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95, and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.
After retiring from the military Stephane set up Mental Health Innovations (MHI) a social enterprise dedicated to developing non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care for private and public sector organisations, as well as for provincial healthcare systems. He wrote his autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, which tells his story from the day he landed in the midst of the Rwandan genocide, through his journey of changing mental health culture in the Canadian military, developing national Guidelines for Peer Support with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, to creating Mental Health Innovations (MHI).
In this podcast, Stephane talks about leadership and management approaches to mental ill health and how good leadership can help to provide some of the solutions to what can be seen as over complication of mental ill health in the workplace.
His autobiography is After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture