Course Title: 
Workplace for Mental Health
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Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Workplace for Mental Health' is a course offered in the B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Mental Health – concepts, definition, Bio-psycho-social model of mental health. Mental health and mental illness, characteristics of a mentally healthy individual, Signs and symptoms of mental health issues, presentation of a mentally ill person. Work place – definition, concept, prevalence of mental health issues in the work place, why invest in workplace mental health, relationship between mental health and productivity, organizational culture and mental health. Case Study, Activity.

Unit 2

Mental Health Issues in the Workplace: Emotions, Common emotions at the workplace, Mental Health issues - Anger, Anxiety, Stress & Burnout, Depression, Addictions – Substance and Behavioural, Psychotic Disorders - Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Personality disorders. Crisis Situations - Suicidal behavior, panic attacks, reactions to traumatic events. Stigma and exclusion of affected employees. Other issues –work-life balance, Presenteeism, Harassment, Bullying, Mobbing. Mental Health First Aid - Meaning. Case Study, Activity.

Unit 3

Strategies of Help and Care: Positive impact of work on health, Characteristics of mentally healthy workplace, Employee and employer obligations, Promoting mental health and well being - corporate social responsibility (CSR), an inclusive work environment, Training and awareness raising, managing performance, inclusive recruitment, Supporting individuals-talking about mental health, making reasonable adjustments, Resources and support for employees - Employee Assistance Programme / Provider (EAP), in house counsellor, medical practitioners, online resources and telephone support, 24 hour crisis support, assistance for colleagues and care givers, Legislations. Case Study, Activity.