Workplace Coping Strategies

The Workplace Coping Strategies Course is a 4-lesson course for employees with anxiety and/or depression who are working for small- to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). The course will provide employees with information on anxiety and/or depression symptoms, workplace accommodations, strategies for disclosing a mental health diagnosis and/or requesting an accommodation, and will give tips on how to manage symptoms in the workplace.

Why was this Course developed?

The Workplace Coping Strategies Course was developed to help employees with depression and/or anxiety symptoms who are working for Canadian SMEs. We hope to help employees by providing information on:

  • How to identify anxiety and depression symptoms in the workplace;
  • The workplace accommodations available to SME employees;
  • The pros/cons of disclosing a mental health concern in the workplace;
  • Strategies for requesting a workplace accommodation; and
  • How to manage symptoms at work. 

Our hope is that by providing this information SME employees will see an improvement in their work functioning and possibly a reduction in symptoms.

What is involved in the Workplace Coping Strategies Course?

As this is a new course being explored, half of eligible participants will begin the course right away, while the other half of participants will be asked to wait 8-weeks before beginning the course. The Workplace Coping Strategies Course is made up of 4 easy to understand lessons and takes 4 weeks to complete. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online and are based on research evidence. Clients are encouraged to work on various activities during the course, which may take an hour or two to complete.

What support is available from therapists?

The Workplace Coping Strategies Course is not a therapist-assisted program. This means that during the week, participants will work on the lessons and worksheets at their own pace without guidance or support from a therapist. Participants will be provided with links to mental health resources, crisis services, and government websites on the rights of employees. The primary researcher will also be available to answer computer-related or administrative questions.

Who is doing the Research?

This project is being completed as part of a PhD research study conducted by Nichole Faller, MA,under the supervision of Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Professor of Psychology.

How will the course be evaluated?

All clients will complete questionnaires before they begin the course and then again 4 and 8 weeks after the course ends. These questionnaires help us assess how the course has impacted you and helps us understand your feedback on the course material so that we can improve the course for future use.  These questionnaires do not take very long but provide us with very important information on the benefits and limitations of the course.

Who can take part in the course?

The course is designed for:

  • SME employees (work for a company with less than 500 employees) who have symptoms of depression or anxiety;
  • Are 18 years of age or older;
  • Are comfortable using and have access to the Internet;
  • Canadian residents

The Workplace Coping Strategies Course is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide.

Who can answer my questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact Nichole Faller at for more information. You can also call the Online Therapy Unit at 306-337-3331 or email the Online Therapy Unit at

How do I sign up?

The Workplace Coping Strategies Course for Employees with Anxiety/Depression is now accepting applications! Please click the button below to complete the online application.