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Stopping the Stigma | Best Practices for Addressing Mental Illness and Workplace Safety


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2/11/20 12:00 pm to 2/11/20 1:00 pm CST

Event Description

According to the World Health Organization, 1 out of 4 people will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Even more startling, WHO estimates that two-thirds of these individuals won’t seek medical help.

Employers and managers can no longer ignore this trend staring them in the face. Not only does poor mental health among employees result in reduced productivity, it also has a direct tie to lost profits.

To truly enact a healthy workplace, change must begin at the top with upper management. Senior leaders need to foster an environment that emboldens workers to feel comfortable discussing mental health issues. A mental health program should be delivered consistently to all stakeholders, including contract workers who come on your site or are supervised by a subcontractor.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to:

  • Break the stigma of hiding mental health issues versus medical health issues.
  • Implement programs to discuss mental health.
  • Make discussions of mental health commonplace and not off-limits.
  • Go beyond – taking steps to raise awareness of signs, symptoms, effects and impacts.


Laurie Knape, CSP, ASP, CLSC, HSE Professional, Avetta LLC

Laurie has more than 20 years of health, safety and environmental experience. She is a certified DNV auditor, holds a masters training certificate for aerial working platforms and forklifts, and has been a certified RigPass instructor. She is a member of several industry organizations, and is the regulatory chairperson for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for SafeGulf, chairperson for API RP T8, committee member for API RP 75 rewrite, and has been a member of the American Society for Safety Professionals for more than 13 years. Laurie attended the University of Connecticut for HSE, Columbia Southern University for science and Columbia Southern University for business.


Barry Bottino, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.

Barry covers worker safety for Safety+Health.



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