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along with physical health, is an essential component of psychological health and well-being.

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Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers is an evidence-based program that teaches leaders supportive strategies that protect and promote positive mental health. It also helps managers recognize and respond to signs that an employee may be experiencing distress.

In this one-hour online training, managers learn tangible, work-appropriate skills to improve employee mental health and well-being.

Interested in seeing what the training experience is like?

Our 5-minute demonstration gives you the opportunity to experience a sample of the 1-hour training in action.


In a 2021 American Psychological Association survey, nearly three in five employees said they have experienced negative impacts of work-related stress in the past month, and 87% of employees think actions from their employer would help their mental health. 

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employees said they have experienced negative impacts of work-related stress in the past month



Evidence-based training helps managers support employee's mental health by enacting supportive strategies.


Managers are often the first people to notice signs of distress in their employees. Unfortunately, very few know how to respond. With the right training, managers can learn the skills they need to help employees improve their mental health.

The one-hour, online Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers, originally developed for active duty military, has been customized and piloted in non-military workplaces, teaching managers tangible skills to:

  • Effectively support employees’ mental health.

  • Recognize and respond to warning signs of distress in ways that are appropriate and actionable in all workplace settings.


Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers has significantly reduced reports of loneliness, a risk factor for mental illness, and significantly improved:

  • Managers’ knowledge of mental health and supportive leadership behaviors.

  • Managers’ perceived usefulness of the program.

  • Employees’ sense of emotional and instrumental support at work.*

  • Employees’ general feelings of belonging within their teams.*

*Particularly evident among workers who reported high levels of stress and loneliness prior to the training.

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4:1 ROI

The ROI for employers who prioritize workers’ mental health is $4 for every dollar invested.


The workplace is a significant contributor to overall health and well-being and is the missing link in improving mental health. Our research has repeatedly shown that training programs that focus on supportive leadership can significantly reduce employee job stress and improve mental and physical health.

Workplace mental health training, specifically designed for managers, also demonstrates return on investment (ROI), with sustained benefits for both managers and employees.

The ROI for employers who prioritize workers' mental health is $4 for every dollar invested.

This training was developed by occupational health experts,

Leslie Hammer, Ph.D. and Jennifer Dimoff, Ph.D.

If you are interested in the Workplace Mental Health Support Training for Managers program for your workplace, please contact Dr. Hammer.

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Ready to talk about improving mental health in your workplace?

If you'd like more information or have questions, be sure to reach out. We'd love to help.


  1. National Safety Council. New Mental Health Cost Calculator Shows Why Investing in Mental Health is Good for Business. NSC Newsroom. Published May 2021. Accessed May 24, 2022.

  2. Hammer, L.B., Allen, S. J., & Dimoff, J. K. (2022). The missing link: The role of the workplace in mental health. Workplace Health & Safety, 70(8):384-384. 

  3. Hammer LB, Brady JM, Perry ML. Training supervisors to support veterans at work: Effects on supervisor attitudes and employee sleep and stress. J Occup Organ Psychol. Published online December 11, 2019:joop.12299. doi:10.1111/joop.12299

  4. Odle-Dusseau HN, Hammer LB, Crain TL, Bodner TE. The influence of family-supportive supervisor training on employee job performance and attitudes: An organizational work–family intervention. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 2016;21(3):296-308. doi:10.1037/a0039961

  5. Hammer LB, Truxillo DM, Bodner T, Rineer J, Pytlovany AC, Richman A. Effects of a Workplace Intervention Targeting Psychosocial Risk Factors on Safety and Health Outcomes. BioMed Research International. 2015;2015:1-12. doi:10.1155/2015/836967

  6. Kossek EE, Hammer LB. Supervisor Work/Life Training Gets Results. Harvard Business Review. Published online 2008:36.

  7. Dimoff JK, Kelloway EK. With a little help from my boss: The impact of workplace mental health training on leader behaviors and employee resource utilization. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 2019;24(1):4-19. doi:10.1037/ocp0000126

  8. Dimoff JK, Kelloway EK, Burnstein MD. Mental health awareness training (MHAT): The development and evaluation of an intervention for workplace leaders. International Journal of Stress Management. 2016;23(2):167-189. doi:10.1037/a0039479

  9. K. Dimoff J, Kevin Kelloway E, M. MacLellan A. Health and performance: science or advocacy? Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. 2014;1(3):316-334. doi:10.1108/JOEPP-07-2014-0031

  10. Dimoff JK, Kelloway EK. Mental health problems are management problems: Exploring the critical role of managers in supporting employee mental health. Organizational Dynamics. 2019;48(3):105-112. doi:10.1016/j.orgdyn.2018.11.003

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