Leader's Mental Health Program

As soon as they return to work
M-J supports your Leaders

To optimize their chance of a successful return and avoid a relapse following a diagnosis of depression or burn-out.

Many surveys indicate that leaders are afraid to ask for help; they do not want to be perceived as weak or incompetent. After an absence from work for psychological health reasons, this feeling can become an anxiety factor. As soon as they return, offer them the support of an expert who has been through similar ordeals and who understands their reality at work. In complete confidentiality, perceptions will be normalized and paralyzing issues reframed towards a successful return to work.

How to preserve your mental health

Program for Leaders and Identified Talent Returning to Work

Psychological health statistics indicate that there is a 50% chance that an individual diagnosed with depression will relapse during his or her first return to work. Of course, many external factors can influence this relapse, but it is possible to optimize the chances of a successful return by ensuring that self-stigmatization and self-sabotage at work are not contributing factors. Here is a program that integrates three important concepts related to psychological health in the workplace and helps your leader return to full potential: peer support, mentoring and EI training

The power of peer support in mental health on the path of recovery is well established. Being able to connect confidentially with an individual who has a similar experience with mental health challenges and who also understands the reality of a leader at work allows for the creation of a unique connection. The peer supporter is living proof that it is possible to regain self-esteem, self-determination and empowerment  With hope and the right guidance, it becomes possible to reframe anxious thoughts or disabling perceptions without judgment.

Preparing a return to work requires, in addition to medical specifics, the ability to identify and recognize the needs of the leader. Worries, guilt and many other feelings can delay or put in danger a successful return. There is also the fear of looking bad in the eyes of immediate superiors, colleagues or HR managers. Within this program, in order to respect the individual's needs and those of the organization, we will understand the underlying emotions which are attached to those needs and make sure they are well aligned with reality 

Measuring the Leader's EQ serves the purpose of identifying where emotional intelligence needs improvement so they will be better equipped to deal with those factors that can trigger a relapse. for example:  knowing how to differentiate one's emotions from those of others, empathy towards oneself and others, conflict resolution, resilience, etc. Training sessions with coaching will be offered in relation to the results.

MJ guides the leader in implementating better management practices; conflict resolution, implementating healthy collaborations with colleagues, employees and also in the establishment of the necessary guidelines to maintain his psychological health and that of others. Ex.: Mentoring offered in relation to managerial issues perceived by the leader so that the latter can regain his power to act, with impunity. Therefore, to improve without fearing a negative perception related to his competence.


*TYPE OF DIAGNOSIS: Depression and/or Burn-out

FOR: CEO, Vice President or Director

*Please note that the offer cannot cover any other type of diagnosis since, according to the principles of peer support, M-J only has experience with major depression and burn-out.

A total of approximately 25 hours spread over a period of 3 to 12 months (depending on operational agendas).

The goal is to give a leader every opportunity to experience a successful return to work, while strengthening his or her path to a lasting recovery. This program does not replace therapy or medical follow-up. It does, however, provide guidance, share hope through a similar experience and equip the leader to regain control of his or her professional life.

Why EI: Research has found a strong association between higher measures of EI and mental health. In addition, higher levels of EI have been shown to provide increased resilience to negative life events.

Please note that this program will not be used to determine the leader's competence. It will be used to improve the leader's chances of success and to maintain a sustainable recovery. All information will remain confidential.




Stigma towards psychological challenges is still very present in the workplace, especially towards those in leadership positions. But what M-J realized is that the first stigma we have to fight is the one we have against ourselves.


Here is what M-J says to decision-makers who ask this question: "This leader will probably be better equipped than his colleagues to face adversity because life is currently forcing him to discover his own limits, to know how to recognize them and to face them. This also teaches him, in parallel, to be a better leader. Yes, it is worth investing and helping an individual who wishes to pursue his career! This is what I was offered and what has allowed me to continue to contribute positively. "

Following her depression, M-J's career as a production leader continued successfully until she turned down an offer to become Vice President of Operations. She chose to pursue another dream: help her colleagues not make the same mistakes she did, those that lead insidiously to a psychological health diagnosis.

After several years of studying in order to understand what triggered her depression, M-J agreed to work for a firm specializing in peer support.

After adding to their peer support training some of her knowledge about emotions, she rolled out their program while innovating on several fronts:

  • Creation of a survey and four-step process to implement in organisations the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace,
  • Creation of workshops for national union entities so that union representatives know how to preserve their own mental health,
  • Creation and implementation of a program for the Canadian federal government to help managers better support their employees dealing with mental health challenges,
  • Speaker and published author of a book about depression and hyper performance.

She then created and deployed her programs and services to counter a toxic work climate and increase the emotional intelligence of employees, leaders and entrepreneurs while strengthening her expertise with two certifications in applied neuroscience. For more details, simply click on the topics below.


Hello and Welcome

Since 2009, M-J has been designing conferences and workshops that target leadership, burnout, stress and anxiety at work.

MJ offers a highly interactive session that allows your leaders to identify the source of their own psychological stressors and the methods and awareness needed to mitigate or eliminate it. They will leave this session with relevant neuroplasticity information and an understanding that a mentally happy, empowered person is the premise for a mentally healthy workplace for all.

Leadership Strategist and Executive Coach,
Occupational Health Specialist, Speaker and Author