Stéphane Grenier

Speaker


Stéphane Grenier

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired), Canadian Forces | Mental Health Innovator

In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. As a former post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer, Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health issues can take on individuals firsthand. Grenier offers audiences pragmatic advice designed to foster workplaces that support an open, non-stigmatized approach to mental health.

Grenier retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Canadian Military after serving for just over 29 years. He participated in several Canadian missions overseas, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994-95 and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2007, as well as numerous shorter deployments to Cambodia, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf, Lebanon, and Haiti, to name a few.

Faced with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way his workplace was dealing with mental health issues. In 2001, he coined the term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented and managed a government based national peer-support program. To this day, this program continues to successfully provide peer support to CF personnel, Veterans affected by mental health issues and their families, and also assists those who have suffered the loss of a loved one through a Bereavement Peer Support Program.

In 2007, he was appointed as the Operational Stress Injury Special Advisor to the Chief of Military Personnel and entrusted with the task of creating a Canadian Forces-wide workplace mental health education program. His work led to the launch of a second highly successful non clinical mental health program that now delivers “peer based” mental health education to over 20,000 military personnel per year and that has now been expanded since his departure.

Over the course of his career, Grenier was recognised for his team building skills and transformational leadership style. Most notably, he was presented with a Commendation for his collaborative efforts and his outstanding leadership during the post war humanitarian disaster caused by the Rwandan Genocide. He has also been awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for taking the concept of peer support and driving it from the grass-roots up into a formal federal government program and in later awarded a national Champion of Mental Health Award by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness.

In 2008, Grenier was asked to become a member of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and two years later he joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada on assignment from the Canadian Military to spear-head the development of Guidelines of Practice for Peer Support in Canada, amongst other things.

In 2012, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations consulting (MHI) in order to dedicate his full attention to developing non clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care and also co founded Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada), a non- profit organization dedicated to the advancement of peer support. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Guelph.

Biographie, sujet de discussion et commentaires clients

BIOGRAPHIE

Stéphane Grenier est un ancien combattant des Forces canadiennes ayant pris sa retraite en tant que lieutenant-colonel suite à 29 ans de service et de nombreuses missions à l’étranger, telles qu’au Cambodge, en Haïti, au Liban et au Koweït. Notamment, il a servi 10 mois au Rwanda en 1994/95 ainsi que six mois dans la province de Kandahar, Afghanistan en 2007. Confronté à un syndrome de stress post-traumatique (SSPT) non diagnostiqué suite à son retour du Rwanda, il développa un intérêt personnel pour la manière dont les Forces canadiennes géraient les problèmes de santé mentale ; une mission qu’il a maintenant su étendre à l’ensemble du marché de travail canadien grâce à ses efforts de développement d’interventions non cliniques en santé mentale en tant que compléments aux soins cliniques traditionnels.

Tout au long de sa carrière, Stéphane a su être reconnu pour son style de leadership transformationnel et félicité pour ses efforts de collaboration et de leadership exceptionnel, notamment lors des catastrophes humanitaires d’après-guerre au Rwanda. Il s’est également vu attribué une croix du service méritoire par la gouverneure générale du Canada pour son travail dans le domaine de la santé mentale.

Ses principales forces en tant qu’orateur et conférencier demeurent son approche terre-à-terre unique, ainsi que sa capacité à combiner l’expérience personnelle avec des résultats de recherche concrets pour en faire un tout bien complet et accessible, proposant à son tour une perspective novatrice sur un aspect souvent négligé et mal compris du bien-être individuel et sociétal ; celui de la santé mentale.

SUJET DE DISCUSSION

À une époque où la société est sans doute plus fragmentée que jamais auparavant et où la technologie et les médias sociaux semblent avoir pris le dessus sur la communication en face-à-face, le pouvoir de l’interaction humaine n’a jamais été aussi grand. Celle-ci connaît surtout un plus grand impact dans la vie des personnes atteintes de maladie mentale que nulle part ailleurs.

Dans le milieu de travail moderne à rythme effréné d’aujourd’hui, les problèmes de santé mentale sont rapidement devenus une des principales causes de demandes d’invalidité à court et à long terme, ce qui représente jusqu’à 70 % des coûts de gestion d’invalidité en milieu de travail au Canada. Considérant le retour sur investissement potentiel résultant d’une sensibilisation et d’un soutien accrus pour la santé mentale au travail, ce sujet particulier a naturellement su faire tourner bien des têtes, tout en retenant l’attention indivise de leaders corporatifs à travers le pays.

Néanmoins, la santé mentale demeure un phénomène largement méconnu, souvent décrit en tant que problème de nature purement clinique. En quoi consiste exactement une blessure liée au stress en milieu de travail ? Est-ce une question purement clinique ou peut-elle également être abordée par des leaders exemplaires et des gestionnaires d’entreprise ? La sur-médicalisation et la stigmatisation globale de la santé mentale dans notre société ont-elles su contribuer à ce problème en pleine croissance ?

Dans l’espoir de remettre en cause la perspective sociétale traditionnelle en matière de santé mentale, Stéphane Grenier a su dédier une vaste partie de sa carrière à redéfinir la manière dont les milieux de travail et les individus devraient tenter de soigner et soutenir les personnes atteintes par des problèmes de santé mentale. En développant, en mettant en œuvre et en gérant des programmes de soutien par les pairs cherchant à réduire la stigmatisation entourant cette problématique, Stéphane offre aux dirigeants et aux gestionnaires une compréhension solide de la manière de gérer les réalités en pleine croissance entravant d’autant plus notre économie à base de matière grise. Son approche peu traditionnelle fournie des moyens simples et pragmatiques de donner un sens à l’expérience vécue des membres de tout environnement de travail et permet aux organisations d’entamer le chemin vers le bien-être systémique et les milieux de travail ré-humanisés au sein desquels la stigmatisation de la santé mentale ne pose plus obstacle au rétablissement.

Avec plus d’une décennie d’expérience dans le domaine, ainsi qu’un cheminement de longue date vers son rétablissement personnel desquels tirer parti, Stéphane fournit de fascinants nouveaux paradigmes au sujet de la santé mentale, du rétablissement et de la résilience, dans le but de présenter une nouvelle manière d’appréhender un vieux problème. L’accent est ainsi mis sur les solutions tangibles, ancrées à la fois dans l’expérience personnelle, ainsi que dans les résultats de recherche de divers auteurs et théoriciens bien connus.

 

COMMENTAIRES CLIENTS

Le programme des pairs aidants : un allié puissant pour vaincre la stigmatisation, 3e Colloque Santé des médecins, Bromont, QC – 23 septembre 2011

« Belle présentation, inspirant. Je n’avais jamais pensé que nos mondes se ressemblaient tant ! »
« Bravo! Un changement de culture dans les Forces armées est presque un miracle! Extraordinaire personne. »
« Programme des Pairs aidants est excellent, bien pensé. »
« Devrait faire une conférence à tous les gestionnaires dans le milieu de la santé. »
« Excellent conférencier. »
« Merci d’avoir partagé et nous stimuler à développer notre créativité et un mouvement d’ébranlement de culture
médicale. La réflexion commence… »
« Quelle belle initiative. Un regard nouveau, d’un angle totalement différent. Merci. »
« Quelle conférence et quel conférencier! D’une authenticité extraordinaire. »
« Très touchant, concepts innovateurs. »
« Wow! J’espère que cette approche va continuer de se généraliser partout! »


New Paradigms: Mental Health in the Workplace

Grenier has challenged society’s traditional outlook regarding mental health for much of his career by redefining how we should care for and support those affected by mental health problems. His body of work began in his very own workplace, the Canadian Military, where he created and managed numerous employee driven mental health programs that have proven effective over the years and have been sustained since his departure.

Grenier is a powerful speaker who provides a nice blend of evidence base, personal experiences and humor, allowing audiences a firm understanding of how we need to re-humanize the healing and recovery process. His body of work includes coining and defining the term “Operational Stress Injury” in 2001, a term later adapted by the US Marine corps as “Combat Stress Injury”.  His views have resonated as far as with the American Psychiatric Association when debating the value of renaming the diagnostic of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” to “Post Traumatic Stress Injury”.  His work took him to lecture at US Marine Corps University, several Physician Health Program conferences in the United States and the international Physician Health Conference in Montreal Canada where he received a standing ovation by over 350 clinicians for his inspirational outlook.  He is a regular key note speaker at major workplace focused and labour conferences and more recently some of his conferences have been recognised by Continuing Medical Education Departments.

His personal struggles with PTSD and Depression in his workplace and for his family following his 10 months in Rwanda simply make him a moving speaker who will be sure to give audiences a refreshing perspective and motivate innovation in how the mental health care system and workplaces can improve how they support those struggling with mental health problems.

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