HR Power Lunch: It's Okay To Not Be Okay: Debunk the Myths, Learn The Tools, and Engage in Braver Conversations Around Mental Health

Date and Time

Starts:11/07/2023 12:00 PM

Ends:11/07/2023 1:30 PM

Registration Closes:11/06/2023 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar Series

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: FREE or Optional $5 Donation | Non-Members: $35+HST

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Additional Information

HRPA Toronto Chapter is pleased to host this HR Power Lunch webinar.

Event Sponsor

No one likes talking about mental health. It’s stigmatized, it’s scary, and it’s anything but comfortable! It’s also very much misunderstood. And, whether you like it or not, its impact on our work and life is here to stay. It’s time to talk about it, and to talk about it more effectively. It’s also time to recognize the signs, learn the proper tools, and create safe spaces to make it okay to not be okay.

As we navigate life post Covid, addressing mental health in the workplace is more important that ever. Studies show 80% of workers experience some type of mental health challenge - from stress to anxiety to a more serious diagnosis. And the cost to employers is an estimated thirty billion dollars annually.

Brave conversations surrounding mental health are no longer a nice to have, they are a need to have. The more we talk about it, the more we can create safe, supportive workplaces for everyone to thrive. I honestly believe the bravest thing you can do is to be brave enough to be you, especially in a world that often wants you to be anything but. When you learn to stop perfecting, pleasing, proving, performing… you step into the bravest version of yourself.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about ‘brave conversations’ - how to engage in them more effectively, the five-step process, and compassionate inquiry.
  • Explore how certain mental health diagnosis’ present themselves, and the behaviours to look out for amongst colleagues, as well as yourself.
  • As an HR professional, gain tangible strategies to create work spaces where it really is ‘okay to not be okay,’ and walk away with actionable strategies to implement come Monday morning.


12:00 PM  Welcome and Introductions
12:05 PM  Speaker Presentation
1:30 PM    Event Concludes

Registration Closes:  November 6, 2023 at 8:00 AM…or sooner if it sells out!


Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Tammy Williams at

Learning & Giving Back!  As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!

Speaker bio(s)
Carol Schulte, Founder of The Brave Initiative

Founder of The Brave Initiative, Carol has been educating, empowering, and entertaining audiences globally for almost a decade. She works with Fortune 500 companies, International Associations and individuals, and is committed to building braver leaders and workplace cultures — where every person can bring all of who they are to all of what they do. As a dedicated mental health advocate, Carol is the creator of 'Brave Beyond Diagnosis' a community for women living with mental illness, and the author of 'The Brave Healing Journal: A guided journey to find your brave and empower your life, one day a time.’ In speaking openly about her own experience with mental illness, she makes it okay to not be okay. She’s lived in 12 different countries, brings a global perspective to all she does, and truly believes the bravest thing you can do is to be brave enough to be you. Multi-passionate, she’s also a fitness and yoga instructor, loves pickle ball, and has a serious carpool karaoke game!