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Mental health start-up launches workplace training program

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Calgary-based headversity, a digital mental health start-up, has launched a workplace training program that builds and measures mental health resiliency and helps companies develop a more resilient workplace.

PBA Land & Development was the first to partner with the start-up in a pilot program, which launched in Calgary on Dec. 18, 2018. Three new organizations will be joining the headversity pilot program in 2019 before a wider industry rollout.

headversity is led by Dr. Ryan Todd, a clinical psychiatrist at Foothills Hospital, and Dr. Karen MacNeill, a performance psychologist and the lead mental performance consultant for the Canadian Olympic Team. The evidence-based program addresses the full spectrum of mental health and performance in the workplace and incorporates both on-site and online solutions.

Dr. MacNeill, the company’s chief product officer, believes the comprehensive coverage of mental health, including performance, is a key distinction of the training program.

“Businesses are beginning to understand that the entire spectrum of performance is affected by one’s capacity for resilience,” she said, in a press release. “Training resilience will keep people healthy, yes, but it will also enable them to deliver stronger results even in the most difficult work environments. In the Workplace Wellness industry, there’s no one covering this full spectrum, so we’re excited to introduce headversity to the Canadian market.”

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