Stress is a fact of life and every day stress can build to a level that seems too difficult to handle. Your reactions to the daily stressors can leave you exposed to a variety of mental and physical illnesses or can take you away from your life goals. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, yet most people have never learned anything about these illnesses until they or someone they know has faced a crisis.

The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental well-being, giving the opportunity to feel productive and achieve potential yet it can also be a negative and stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and burnout. Recent Ipsos Reid surveys revealed that managers and supervisors overwhelmingly indicated a need and desire to improve their competencies for dealing with distressed employees.

In this seminar, you will gain practical approaches on Day One for how you can develop your personal resilience and then on Day Two, you will learn what you can do as a professional to support mental health.


Want a better way to take better control of your day, relax more easily and sleep more soundly? This interactive, practical and thought-provoking seminar focuses on understanding the key concepts within stress management. You will engage in assessing your stress symptoms and in developing a personal resilience action plan based on the S-O-S PrincipleTM by identifying positive opportunities and utilizing practical approaches and solutions to integrate these strategies into your busy life. Choose the most effective coping strategies based on the S-O-S PrincipleTM to quickly bounce back after a stressful situation and minimize negative stress symptoms and reactions.


  • Understand in detail the key concepts of stress, stressors, stress response and health and how they relate to you
  • Recognize your behavioural, physiological and psychological stress response symptoms using the Personal Assessment Check List to understand the harmful effects stress has on your body and the impact of ignoring these signs
  • Know how to recognize the early warning signs that stress is building up so that you can deal with it before it impacts your health
  • Utilize 3 categories of stress management strategies in developing a meaningful and relevant Personal Action Plan based on the S-O-S PrincipleTM to reduce chronic stress and stress overload in your life and increase your ability to deal with stress in the future
  • Utilize tips on lifestyle changes to relax and renew your enthusiasm and energy


We will explore mental health and mental illness issues, identify known risk factors to a mentally unhealthy workplace, and understand what employees need from their workplace to promote mental health. You will learn to identify signs and symptoms of possible mental health issues: behaviour changes that can indicate an underlying mental health issue; and the difference between blues and Mood Disorder, stress and Anxiety Disorder (physiology, environment, role of stress and myth of choice). You will develop an understanding and gain strategies for supporting those experiencing a mental health issue, including how to respond to mental health emergencies and to non-emergency situations as well as sample dialogues. We will also address an employer’s duty to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace. The goal is to combat the effects of stigma associated with having a mental illness in order to build understanding and acceptance and promote return to work.


  • Better understand mental health and mental illness
  • Learn about management practices that promote the performance and well-being of all employees
  • Take action when warning signs appear
  • Manage employees with mental health issues on a day-to-day basis
  • Take the necessary action while the employee is away
  • Facilitate the employee’s return to work
  • Increased knowledge and confidence in the area of psychological health and safety
  • A clear understanding of the risks and responsibilities related to the duty to protect and promote employee psychological health and safety


SSA-BeverlyBeverly Beuermann-King is a certified speaking professional and one of the leading stress management speakers in the country. As a trusted education consultant to the Canadian Mental Health Association ,she created a series of booklets called Stress Sense™and developed workshops for Understanding Mental Illness and Suicide Awareness for their Making Mental Health Matter™ series which is used across Canada. Beverly has spent the last 15 years training and educating more than 40,000 leaders, teams, front-line workers and volunteers using her S-O-S Principle™. Beverly’s passion is to help individuals and teams find the right strategies to effectively deal with today’s stressful challenges. Her newest book, Stress Out! 52 Weeks to Letting More Life In, has just been published.