Course Description



Welcome to Supporting Disclosure of Mental Health Conditions in Evolving Work Environments. This course explores the concept of disclosure and how organizations can create environments that support employees in their decision whether to disclose a mental health condition in the workplace. There will be a particular emphasis on how major disruptions, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, effect the disclosure process along with best practices to mitigate these effects. 

In this course, you will become familiar with factors in the workplace that influence, either positively or negatively, the decision to disclose a mental health condition. You will be exposed to best practices to create a supportive work environment at the organization and interpersonal level, as well as throughout the employment lifecycle.


This program is designed for leaders or managers that want to take a proactive approach to mental health within their organization and seek to create a supportive work environment for workers that may be experiencing a mental health condition.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the decisional balance considered by employees with respect to disclosure 
  • Identify organizational level influences on the disclosure decision 
  • Apply knowledge of best practices to support disclosure in the workplace to your organization 
  • Understand how practices to support disclosure in the workplace should shift during periods of disruption such as COVID-19

Course structure

Information in this course is presented through a series of animations explaining key information, opportunities to test your knowledge and reflect on your learning and action steps to implement your learning in your organization.


If you have been provided with a Record ID through your organization, please update your profile before enrolling in a course. In order for your certificate to be issued, your profile needs to be up-to-date prior to your enrollment. 

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Work Wellness Institute

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Overview: Supporting Disclosure of Mental Health Conditions in Evolving Work Environments

    • Introduction

    • Pre-survey

    • Course Material

  • 2

    Section 1: Understanding the Impact of Mental Health Conditions at Work

    • Section 1: Introduction

    • Time to reflect!

    • Mental Health and Mental Illness

    • The Mental Health Continuum

    • Quick Check

    • Mental Health Conditions at Work

    • Did You Know?

    • The Impact of Mental Health Conditions at Work

    • Mental Health Conditions during a Global Pandemic

    • Quick Check

    • Section 1: Summary

  • 3

    Section 2: The Disclosure Decision

    • Section 2: Introduction

    • Defining Disclosure

    • The Legal Context of Disclosure

    • Quick Check

    • Types of Disclosure

    • Four Types of Disclosure

    • Quick Check

    • Perceived Risks & Benefits of Disclosure

    • Perceived Risks & Benefits

    • Quick Check

    • The Impact of Stigma

    • Defining Types of Stigma in the Workplace

    • Quick Check

    • Time to reflect!

    • Understanding How Stigma Influences the Disclosure Decision

    • Weighing the Pros and Cons

    • Tilting the Scale

    • Time to reflect!

    • Section 2: Summary

  • 4

    Section 3: Supporting Disclosure Across the Employment Lifecycle

    • Section 3: Introduction

    • Supporting Disclosure: Opportunities for Impact

    • Quick check

    • Supporting Disclosure During Recruitment

    • Meet Sam

    • Quick Check

    • Time to reflect!

    • Supporting Disclosure During Hiring

    • The Interview

    • A Supportive Hiring Process

    • Time to reflect!

    • The Role of Managers and People Leaders

    • Relationships Matter

    • Time to Reflect!

    • Busting Stigma – How Managers can Help

    • Talking about Mental Health with your Team

    • Time to Reflect!

    • Performance Management vs. Mental Health Conditions

    • Recognizing and Inquiring

    • Quick Check

    • Time to reflect!

    • Supportive Inquiry

    • Meet Mary

    • Ongoing Inquiry

    • Organizational Influences

    • A Culture of Accommodations

    • Quick check

    • Time to reflect!

    • Busting Stigma – Everyone’s Job

    • Just STOP

    • Quick Check

    • Time to reflect!

    • Summary

  • 5

    Section 4: Supporting Disclosure During COVID-19 Disruption

    • Section 4: Introduction

    • The Impact of COVID-19

    • Mental Health & COVID-19

    • Quick Check

    • Barriers to Disclosure in Disrupted Work Environments

    • Meet Jude

    • Time to reflect!

    • Decreased Contact with Managers and Leaders

    • Decreased Visibility to Employees

    • High Organizational Stress

    • Reduced Social Connection

    • Job Insecurity

    • Reduced Need for Accommodation

    • Time to reflect!

    • Summary

  • 6

    Section 5: Managing Disclosure Effectively

    • Section 5: Introduction

    • Responding to Employee Disclosure

    • Quick Check

    • Responding to Interpersonal Needs

    • Meet Jessie

    • Time to reflect!

    • Accommodation Basics

    • Types of Accomadation

    • Quick Check

    • Roles and Responsibilities in Accommodation

    • Summary

  • 7

    Section 6: Taking Action

    • Course Summary

    • Supporting Disclosure – Summary

    • Action Steps in the Workplace

    • Evaluation survey

    • Additional Resources

    • Course References