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Stéphane Grenier

Image: Stéphane Grenier"Mental Health and the Power of Human Interaction"

Wed. Feb. 19th, 1:00pm - 2:15pm
SSC 2050

Stéphane Grenier is a former member of the Canadian Military who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving for just over 29 years and participating in several overseas missions. Faced with undiagnosed PTSD after a deployment to Rwanda during the 1994-95 Genocide, Grenier took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues.

Join Stéphane for this powerful and hopeful talk as he provides insight into how mental health problems are experienced, and how each of us is capable of helping when mental health issues arise among our friends and colleagues.

Note:  Stéphane spoke at Western in the fall of 2013 – he was highly acclaimed so we have invited him back to reach more audiences!

One in four Canadian workers will experience a mental health issue within the next 12 months, and 500,000 are absent from work on any given day due to a mental health problem.  At Western, mental health issues affect our faculty, staff, students and their friends and families.


Stéphane Grenier, a veteran of the Canadian Military, spent many years of service overseas including missions in Cambodia, Haiti, Lebanon, and Kuwait. Most notably, he spent 10 months in Rwanda in 1994/95 and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.

After his own experience with undiagnosed PTSD, Stéphane helped to develop non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care. He developed a mental health awareness campaign that was recognized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Mental Health Association, and others, as an example of leadership in reducing mental health stigma in the workplace. Today, Stéphane helps Canadian workplaces develop and implement mental health support programs for their employees.