Stephane Grenier

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. His riveting keynotes are not only thought-provoking, but also lead to tangible action and sustainable change for those leaders who are prepared to rethink how they support their people.

Grenier is a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur. He retired from the Canadian military as a Lieutenant Colonel after 29 years of service.

His autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, tells Grenier’s story from the day he landed in the midst of the Rwandan genocide, through his journey of changing mental health culture in the Canadian military, developing national Guidelines for peer support with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, all the way to creating Mental Health Innovations (MHI); a consultancy that leads innovative and sustainable change in organizations to enhance the mental health of their people.

Today, Grenier and his business partners, along with countless associates, develop non-clinical mental health interventions as a compliment to traditional clinical care for private and public sector organizations, as well as for provincial healthcare systems.

Grenier’s vision is a world where people no longer face barriers to good mental health.

PROFIL DE CONFÉRENCIER 

Lorsqu’il s’agit de santé mentale, ses bottines suivent ses babines.

En effet, les discours captivants de Stéphane sont non seulement stimulants, mais ils mènent également à des actions concrètes et à un changement durable pour ces leaders qui sont prêts à repenser la manière dont ils soutiennent leur personnel et leurs collègues.

Stéphane a été nommé à l’Ordre du Canada et s’est vu décerner un doctorat honorifique en droit par l’Université de Guelph et le Collège Humber pour sa contribution au domaine de la santé mentale en milieu de travail.

Son autobiographie, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, raconte son histoire depuis le jour où il a atterri au milieu du génocide rwandais, passant par son parcours de transformation de la culture de la santé mentale des Forces armées canadiennes et de développement des normes nationales pour le soutien par les pairs avec la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada, jusqu’à la création d’Innovation en santé mentale (Mental Health Innovations) ; un cabinet-conseil qui mène des changements novateurs et soutenables au sein des organisations pour améliorer la santé mentale de leurs personnels.

Aujourd’hui, c’est avec ses partenaires d’affaires ainsi que de nombreux associés qu’il développe des interventions non cliniques en santé mentale à titre de complément aux soins cliniques traditionnels pour des organismes des secteurs privé et public, ainsi que pour les systèmes de santé provinciaux.

La vision de Stéphane est un monde où les gens ne sont plus confrontés à des obstacles dans l’atteinte d’une bonne santé mentale.

 

RÉSUMÉ DE LA PRÉSENTATION

La ressource inexploitée la plus importante au monde en matière de santé mentale : les gens

Dans le milieu de travail moderne d’aujourd’hui, les problèmes de santé mentale sont devenus la principale cause des réclamations d’invalidité, représentant 70% des coûts de gestion de l’invalidité au Canada.

Stéphane connait bien l’effet néfaste que les problèmes de santé mentale peuvent avoir sur les individus et les lieux de travail. Traditionnellement, les problèmes de santé mentale en milieu de travail ont été perçus sous deux angles : l’angle de la performance et l’angle clinique, où les cliniciens traitent les symptômes et les gestionnaires gèrent les comportements.

Fort de ses décennies d’expérience dans l’amélioration de la manière dont les grandes organisations des secteurs public et privé soutiennent leurs employés, Grenier fournit à sont auditoire des conseils pragmatiques sur la manière d’aider les lieux de travail à développer des cultures d’entreprise fondées sur des approches de santé mentale et de bien-être ouvertes et libres de stigmates.

Alliant des récits vécus, des études de cas corporatives captivantes, des recherches de pointe et des arguments passionnés selon lesquels le statu quo n’est plus acceptable dans le domaine de la santé mentale en milieu de travail, Stéphane nous pousse à réfléchir à comment nous avons pu rater ce qui est évident. Comment avons-nous oublié nos gens ?

Des conférences de plus longue durée sont également disponibles, où les objectifs d’apprentissage suivants sont atteints à l’aide d’une séance formatrice :

  • Développer une nouvelle perspective non clinique face aux problèmes de santé mentale
  • Comprendre l’importance du soutien social comme déterminant de la santé mentale
  • Redéfinir et défier les paradigmes enracinés en matière de santé mentale en milieu de travail
  • Comprendre comment la culture organisationnelle influe sur le bien-être
  • Se familiariser avec les méthodes novatrices pour mesurer et façonner la culture en milieu de travail
  • Comprendre les éléments constitutifs d’un programme de soutien par les pairs couronné de succès
  • Découvrir comment le soutien par les pairs agit comme un catalyseur de bien-être organisationnel
  • Mesurer le degré de préparation de votre organisation à un programme de soutien par les pairs
  • Se familiariser avec les normes de pratiques pour le soutien par les pairs reconnues à l’échelle nationale
  • Effectuer une évaluation préliminaire de votre lieu de travail par rapport à la Norme nationale du Canada sur la santé et la sécurité psychologiques en milieu de travail

 

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! »


Mental Health: The New Workplace Pandemic

Workplace mental health was a growing concern for leaders in all sectors for several decades prior to the start of the pandemic in March 2020. While most organizations have managed to adapt to this major disruption by leveraging technology to recreate the way business is conducted, the cumulative effects of social isolation, constantly changing public safety rules, and the inability for people to live what was once deemed a normal life are exacerbating people’s mental well-being in unprecedented ways.

At the onset of the pandemic, the Prime Minister compared it to war. This resonated deeply with Stéphane Grenier. His 20 years of experience in workplace mental health as well as his multiple deployments in and out of war zones over the course of his 30-year military career, provides him with a unique perspective on what works. In a world saturated with research findings, best practices, complex clinical mental health concepts, and overwhelming amounts of social media posts, Grenier brings it all together in an easy-to-digest and easy-to-integrate approach.

Life can be hard, and periods of high impact change and disruption only make things more difficult. Blending lived accounts, leading-edge research, and passionate arguments, Grenier provides pragmatic insight and tangible strategies for individuals and organizations to improve mental health outcomes by focusing on the PEOPLE.

Key takeaways:

  • Gain self-awareness of self and others.
  • Learn how to preserve mental health in a remote work environment.
  • Become intentional about resilience and self care.
  • Understand how to support others.

Leveraging the World’s Largest Untapped Mental Health Resource: People

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.

Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health problems can take on individuals and workplaces firsthand. Traditionally, mental health difficulties in the workplace have been principally viewed through two lenses: the performance lens and the clinical one. Clinicians treat symptoms and leaders manage behaviours.

Anchored in decades of experience in improving the way large, public- and private- sector organizations support their employees, Grenier provides his audiences with pragmatic advice on how to support workplaces in developing corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health and well-being.

Blending lived accounts, case studies, and leading-edge research Grenier makes us ask ourselves, how did we miss the obvious? How did we miss our people?

Key takeaways:

  • How to develop a new non-clinical lens to perceive mental health problems.
  • The importance of social support as a determinant of mental health.
  • How to redefine and challenge entrenched paradigms regarding workplace mental health.
  • A tangible framework for self care.
  • The various “zones” humans find themselves in when they experience significant change and/or challenges such as the ongoing pandemic as a way to reduce our judgment of others.
  • The importance of supporting someone else and how to do so by understanding recovery and the differences between sympathy, empathy, and compassion.

Longer engagements are also available, where the following learning objectives can be achieved through a workshop-style session:

  • Understand how organizational culture impacts well-being.
  • Become familiar with innovative methods to measure and shape workplace culture.
  • Understand the building blocks of a successful peer support program.
  • Discover how peer support acts as a catalyst for organizational wellness.
  • Measure your organization’s readiness for a peer support program.
  • Become familiar with the nationally endorsed Standards of Practice for peer support.
  • Conduct a preliminary assessment of your workplace against the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Breaking Down Mental Health Strategy for Senior Leaders

This workshop includes 2.5 hours of highly interactive strategy-building conversations. It was developed to help senior leaders and managers demystify the complexity of mental health strategies into tangible, meaningful thinking.

Participants will leave empowered to make informed decisions when shaping the mental health culture of their organizations.

Mental Health: The New Workplace Pandemic

PART 1: Keynote (60 Minutes)

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.

Traditionally, mental health difficulties in the workplaces have been principally viewed through two lenses. The performance lens and the clinical one. Clinicians treat symptoms and leaders manage behaviours.

Blending lived accounts, riveting corporate case studies, leading-edge research and passionate arguments, Stéphane Grenier provides participants pragmatic information, approaches, and tools designed to support those who are struggling, enhance their ability to look after themselves, and be part of a shift in organizational culture towards one that is more open, supportive, and less stigmatizing.

PART 2: WeCARE E-Learning  (45 Minutes)

The WeCARE program equips your people with tangible tools and skills to support others in the workplace in order to stop little problems from getting bigger.

BREAK (15 Minutes)

PART 3: Break Out Session (30 Minutes)

Participants will be broken down into discussion groups and asked to discuss the topics covered in parts 1 and 2:

  • What resonated?
  • What did not resonate?
  • Situations they feel challenging?
  • Examples of how to bring the theory into action.
  • What will they KEEP, START, STOP doing?

PART 4: Q&A / Discussion (30 Minutes)

In preparation for part 4, organizers will be asked to identify key questions for Grenier and challenge him with situations you feel are difficult to sometimes manage (yourself and others). Organizer/moderator will prime the question session with comments or questions raised in the chat during part 1.

Learning objectives:

KEYNOTE  (We go wide)

  • Develop a new non-clinical lens to perceive mental health problems.
  • Understand the importance of social support as a determinant of mental health.
  • Redefine and challenge entrenched paradigms regarding workplace mental health.
  • Learn how to look after oneself and leave the session with a tangible framework to work with for self care.
  • Understand the various “zones” humans find themselves in when they experience significant change and/or challenges such as the ongoing pandemic as a way to reduce our judgment of others.
  • Understand the importance of supporting someone else and how to do so by understanding  recovery and the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion.

WeCARE (Deep dive)

  • How to identify when someone is in distress.
  • How to show compassion.
  • When and how to access experts.
  • The value of revitalizing work.
  • The value of exercise.

Participants will each receive their own subscription and access to the materials which include a series of printable PDFs: guidebooks, aide memoire, etc.