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The keys to mental fitness can be learned!

Mental health concerns are on the upswing in Canada. Employees whose mental fitness is low are at risk for experiencing cognitive impairment, which may result in more risk for accidents – see Total Safety research.

In 2010, more than one in four Canadian workers described their everyday lives as highly stressful, meaning that nearly 3.7 million working adults went through a normal day feeling a high level of stress, and an additional 6.3 million identified as being ‘a bit’ stressed.

The rates of stress have continued to increase since 2010. A recent study done by Benefits Canada magazine found that 58% of respondents reported feeling job-related stress on a daily basis.

The cause of stress among employees is wide-ranging. Workers report being stressed for personal reasons (e.g. time, financial) just as much as they are stressed for work-related reasons (e.g. work demand). Such ongoing stress can have a negative impact on an employee’s mental health.

About the course

What can we do about our mental health? We can actively engage in building our resiliency and developing micro skills that improve our coping mechanisms to mental health wellbeing.

The Mental Fitness Practice online course is an opportunity for you to develop the foundational knowledge and insights required to create your own personal mental fitness plan. Creating a mental fitness plan can help you build a mental fitness practice that will have a positive impact on your mental health, as well as your workplace engagement and productivity.

This course is designed to:

  • Explain the concept of mental fitness
  • Demonstrate how mental fitness can positively support mental health
  • Encourage the development of a personal mental fitness plan

This course will also help you mitigate the risk for accidents, sick time, and presenteeism.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of mental fitness in reducing mental health risk
  • Explain the link between stress and mental health risk
  • Explain how the act of resiliency and coping will build mental fitness
  • Recall micro-skills that build mental fitness
  • Develop a personal mental fitness plan

Topics of study

Topics covered in the Mental Fitness Practice online course include:

  • The benefit of mental fitness
  • The link between stress and mental fitness
  • Building mental fitness
  • Micro-skills that build mental fitness
  • A personal mental fitness plan

After completing the course content and achieving at least 70% on the quiz, you will be entitled to a certificate of completion.


Duration: 1 hour on course content and up to 3 hours with hands-on activities
Price: $119 +HST $59.50 +HST

Note: Multi-seat licensing and discounts are available. Contact an account manager for more information.

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Dr. William (Bill) Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doc in Behavioral Science, RTC, RSW, ICADC is the President of Howatt HR and Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada. As well, Bill is the Chair for the National CSA Standard on substance use impairment in the workplace and is on the National CSA OHS Steering committee. Recently, Bill was the Chief of Research and Development Workforce Productivity for Morneau Shepell.

He is a highly skilled and qualified Counsellor, Coach, and Strategic HR Consultant with over 25 years of experience. He has delivered professional development for adult education; Nova Scotia Community College; universities; federal, provincial, and municipal governments; and public and privately-owned organizations. Bill is known internationally for his expertise in human behaviour, addictive disorders, and cognitive behavioural therapy. He has published books for Brooks/Cole and John Wiley. For five years, Bill authored the monthly business column Coach’s Corner, and wrote a bi-weekly column on leadership issues. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail and Chronicle Herald. He partnered with the Globe and Mail to conduct the Your Life at Work Survey, which intended to measure stress levels and quality of work. Bill also created Morneau Shepell’s Total Health Index (THI) and conceived The Globe and Mail's Employee Recommended Workplace Award.

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