New app gives managers free workplace mental health training

Canadian charity releases a gamified training app aimed at promoting social inclusion and creating psychologically healthy workplaces.

• IncludeMe delivers fast, free, simple, and effective training to managers
• IncludeMe is designed in Canada and aligns with The National Standard on workplace mental health
By: Iris the Dragon
IncludeMe - the bilingual, workplace mental health training app for managers
IncludeMe - the bilingual, workplace mental health training app for managers
OTTAWA, Ontario - Nov. 27, 2018 - PRLog -- Iris the Dragon, funded in part by the Disability component of the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnership's Program, has created an innovative way to address workplace mental health.

The Perth-based charity has produced IncludeMe ― a free, interactive and gamified training app that helps owners and managers of small businesses and sport and recreation clubs gain a better awareness of the importance of workplace mental health and empowers them with knowledge and tools to help create a psychologically healthy workplace.

10% percent of Canadians are actively dealing with a mental health issue and 20% will experience one in their lifetime. There is an increasing emphasis on workplace mental health, but it can be time-consuming, complex, and costly for small organizations looking for training and tools.

IncludeMe provides training for free and it quickly and easily guides managers towards creating a healthier workplace. The app also offers downloadable resources and tools.

Download to your preferred device and train in under 1/2 hour

IncludeMe Web (Windows/Mac PCs):

IncludeMe Google Play (Android devices):

IncludeMe App Store (Apple iOS devices):

Iris the Dragon created the app with the assistance of Toronto-based developers, INVIVO Communications Inc. and CareRelay. Queen's University is studying the app for its effectiveness in changing attitudes.

Iris the Dragon has already made a mark in mental health education with 4 million people reached through its children's mental health eBook series. IncludeMe marks the charity's entry into digital mental health resources for workplaces and communities.

Key Facts:
  • IncludeMe is a fast and simple way for managers to learn about the importance of a mentally healthy workplace and to empower them with tools to foster an inclusive, accommodating, and psychologically safe culture.
  • The app is an interactive, graphic novel that exposes users to three workplace mental health scenarios, gives them strategies to address mental health challenges and builds their confidence in addressing these situations.
  • Users problem-solve to progress through the training, to earn the IncludeMe Badge and to receive additional practical resources for their organization.
  • The app employs Iris the Dragon's narrative formula — a formula that has been empirically validated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada for its effectiveness in changing attitudes towards those with mental health concerns.
  • The training is aligned with The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace — a voluntary standard focused on promoting employees' psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Globe & Mail, CAMIMH

We are excited about this opportunity to expand into workplace mental health training as a complement to our pioneering work in children's mental health education.  This will enable us to help more people. IncludeMe represents a departure from traditional training models for managers across Canada while solving the problems they have accessing workplace mental health training.
— Gayle Grass, CEO, Iris the Dragon

Our government is committed to building more inclusive communities and workspaces for all Canadians. Through federal programs, such as the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, we are supporting projects like the IncludeMe app that foster the social inclusion of people with disabilities and help improve workplace mental health.
— The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

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About Iris the Dragon

Iris the Dragon is a registered charity and producer of unique resources for schools and workplaces that educate audiences about the importance of good mental health and mental health concerns. With over a decade of experience, its mission has been to provide educational material for adults and young readers that can facilitate conversations about various mental health conditions, mental wellness and inclusion in a non-threatening manner. The organization is based in Perth, Ontario, Canada and its print and digital publications are used worldwide.
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About Social Development Partnerships Program
The IncludeMe project is funded by the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component, which supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the program supports not-for-profit organizations across Canada in tackling barriers faced by people with disabilities with respect to social inclusion.
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