Responding with Respect (RWR) workshops provide participants with a basic understanding of mental illness and mental health, whether it is their own or that of a colleague, client, patron, community member, friend or family member. Based on the action tool-kit, four ‘R’s – Recognize, Respond, Refer, Reconnect – participants will learn to identify signs and symptoms associated with a mental health problem and will acquire effective and communication strategies to respond and assist people whose behavior suggests they are struggling with a mental health problem. The purpose of the training is to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, increase confidence in participants’ ability to respond, and promote mental wellness.
These popular workshops can be modified to focus on specific workplace requests.
Responding With Respect: On the Frontline
This training provides an understanding of the impacts of mental illness and what this may look like in a member of the public. Through the four ‘R’ toolkit, participants will review how to recognize signs and symptoms, but focus on the behaviors associated with someone living with a mental health problem, and how to effectively, safely and appropriately respond. It is an ideal program for those working directly with the public.
Responding With Respect: Mental Health Problems
This workshop will provide management and supervisors with the tools to identify and recognize early signs and symptoms, and behaviors associated with a mental health problem. Using the four ‘R’ toolkit, management will learn how to appropriately and safely respond to a staff member who may be struggling using effective communication skills. The training will increase confidence in management to take action in a timely manner, reduce stigma related to mental illness, and will facilitate access to community and workplace resources. The workshop will conclude with a piece on individual wellness, and will focus on how to manage stress, increase resilience, and incorporate wellness into every day. Note: There is a general version for non-supervisory staff.
Responding With Respect: Mental Health Basics – Help and Hope
Learn how to help and offer hope by gaining insight into how mental illness may impact a person’s life. Using the four ‘R’ toolkit, you will acquire simple, yet effective communication skills to recognize and assist when someone may be struggling with a mental illness, in addition to discovering how to recognize the warning signs of a mental health crisis. This workshop is perfect for people who regularly interact with the public or who want to be able to offer some support to friends or colleagues struggling with their mental health.
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