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Workplace Coping Strategies


The Workplace Coping Strategies study is an online, free, 4-lesson course for employees with anxiety and/or depression who are struggling with their symptoms at work. The course provides employees with information on symptom identification and gives tips on how to manage symptoms in the workplace.

Why was this Course developed?

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

  • How to identify anxiety and depression symptoms in the workplace;
  • Important easy to use workplace modifications that employees should know about;
  • How to talk about mental health concerns in the workplace;
  • Strategies for requesting a workplace accommodation; and
  • General strategies on how to manage symptoms at work.

Our hope is that by learning this information 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 studied, participants will be randomly assigned to either begin the course right away or wait 8-weeks before beginning the course. The Workplace Coping Strategies course is made up of 4 easy to understand lessons that participants have 4 weeks to complete. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online and are based on research evidence. Participants are encouraged to work on various activities during the course, which may take 30 to 45mins to complete. Participants will also be asked to complete short questionnaires, so we can track changes in symptoms and work functioning.

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 participants and allows us to improve the course for future use based on participant feedback. 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:

  • All 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.