Workplace Mental Health Competency 1

Introductory | Mental health literacy | 48 Minutes

The Workplace Mental Health Competency 1 course is the first course of the Workplace Mental Health Ally Series and serves as the introductory course. The main topics of this course include a discussion on the range of severity of mental health issues, its impact on the community and the workplace, and an explanation of the dangers of stigma regarding mental health. Completing Workplace Mental Health Competency 1 will take approximately 50-70 minutes of continuous learning time. The course was created using up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles. The Instructional design is learner-focused and approachable to nearly all individuals with an interest in improving their mental health competency.

NOTE: We recommend completing Workplace Mental Health Competency 1 before taking any other Workplace Mental Health Ally Series courses.


Estimated Course Length: 48 mins

Course Includes: 11 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with lived experience testimonials, animation explainer videos, and a knowledge game)

Companion Videos: 13 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Mental Health Competency 1; over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Human resources professionals and people managers

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components.


After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Discuss the range of severity of mental health issues and identify the impact of stigma towards mental health on individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
  2. Describe the various models and contributing risk factors that play a role in the development of mental health disorders.
  3. Examine your personal values while learning common myths and facts about mental health.

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