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Listening For Direction: The Development and Optimization of Workplace Mental Wellness Programs For Men

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Recorded in November 2017




Co-Host:This webinar is co-hosted by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan campus.  ​


The workplace has been recognized as a promising setting for implementing​ mental wellness initiatives with men yet many programs hold little "manly" appeal, and consequently fail to engage men in the workplace. ​​A gender-sensitized workplace mental wellness program called HEADS Up was developed based on a systematic review of the literature as well as feedback from workplace representatives and men working in male-dominated industries. The new HEADS Up program will be described, along with strategies for supporting men's mental health identified in the systematic literature review. In addition, insights into avenues for the promotion of mental health in the workplace from working men as well as the input of seven workplace representatives in health and safety roles will be summarized.

You will learn:

  • About the current literature on mental health promotion interventions for men, including the principles informing and patterns underpinning effective programs
  • Strategies for designing acceptable workplace approaches for the promotion of mental wellness based on recommendations from working men and workplace representatives
  • About the development of a new program called HEADS Up to support men's mental well-being ​


Cherisse L. Seaton, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Dr. Cherisse L. Seaton, Research Coordinator, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Dr. Cherisse Seaton holds a PhD in Psychology, and is the Research Coordinator for the Men’s Healthy eating and Active Living Project at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (UBCO) and an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). She was a Co-Principal Investigator of the HEADS Up project, developing a new program designed to promote mental well-being in male-dominated workplaces. 


John L. Oliffe, Ph.D.

Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus

Dr. John Oliffe is a Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Founder and lead investigator of UBC's Men's Health Research program ( ), his work focuses on masculinities as it influences men's health behaviors and illness management, and its impact on partners, families and overall life quality. Findings drawn from his research offer guidance to clinicians and researchers to advance men's health promotion in the areas of psychosocial prostate cancer care, smoking cessation and male suicide prevention.



Funding Acknowledgement

This research was supported by the Collaboration for Health Research in Northern BC Seed Grant Program offered jointly by UNBC, Northern Health, and the Provincial Health Services Authority AndT he Canadian Cancer Society (Grant #701259-02)​



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