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Designing and Implementing Mental Health Policies and Programs in the Workplace

August 14 @ 12:00 am

₱8000 – ₱10000

Program overview:

The world of work is constantly changing, and the demands of modern-day living are continuously rising that many are overwhelmed with their work and personal challenges.

The general lack of awareness and social stigma associated with mental health often leave issues unresolved, resulting in extreme stress, burnout, illness and, in most unfortunate cases, even death which leaves moral, social, financial and leadership footprints in business organizations.

Reports say that 1 in 5 Filipino adults suffer from a form of mental illness. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that an average of 7 Filipinos died by suicide each day. These statistics are certainly alarming. Hence, on Jun 21st, President Duterte finally signed the Republic Act 11036, also known as the Mental Health Act, providing Filipinos with affordable and accessible mental health services. The Mental Health Law does not only cover public mental health services, but it also covers the promotion of mental health and policies in the workplace.

Chapter V, Sec. 25 of the Mental Health Law states that:

“Employers shall develop appropriate policies and programs on mental health in the workplace designed to (1) raise awareness on mental health issues; (2) correct the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions; (3)identify and provide support for individuals at risk; and (4) facilitate access of individuals with mental health conditions to treatment and psychosocial support.”

Violation of this law may lead to penalty of imprisonment not less than six (6) months, but more than 2 years; or a fine not less than ten thousand pesos (PhP10,000.00) but not more than two (2) hundred thousand pesos (PhP200,000.00); or both, at the discretion of court.

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) designed this 2-day program that will assist businesses in providing better appreciation of the law on mental health; defining the responsibilities of the employer as stated in the new law;identifying the elements and best practices of a sound work-based Mental Health policies and programs; and coaching on drafting your work-based mental health policies. Part of the program are sessions in mindfulness and mindful leadership which are crucial in developing sustainable mental health programs in the workplace and in helping managers to be inspiring, productive and responsible business leaders.


Program objective:

At the end of the 2-day program, participants will be able to:

  • Know and understand the Republic Act no.11036 or the Mental Health Law
  • Acquire techniques on mindfulness and mindfulness leadership for mental wellbeing in the workplace
  • Design, implement, monitor, and evaluate a sound and sustainable work-based Mental Health policy and program


Program outline:

    1. Overview of Republic Act no.11036 (Mental Health Act) and RA 11058 / DO198 (OSH Law)
    2. Objectives of the IRR
    3. Definition of Terms
    4. Rights of the employee’s vis-a-vis the responsibilities of employers in relation to this law
    5. Promotion of Mental Health Programs in the Workplace
    6. Designing Mental Health Policies in the Workplace
        • OSH and Mental Health Law requirements
        • Preparing the Workplace
        • Drafting of Mental Health Policy
            • De-stigmatization
            • Non-discrimination
            • Prevention and Education
    1. Designing Mental Health Programs in the Workplace
        • MindfulLeadership
            • Developing Emotional Intelligence
            • Mindfulness, Self-awareness, Motivation, Empathy
        • Key Elements in Developing a Successful Work-based Mental Health Program
        • Tips on Monitoring and Evaluating Mental Health Programs in the Workplace
    2. Reintegration plans



  • Lecturette
  • Case studies
  • Planning and Mindfulness Workshops
  • Write-shop



Resource persons:

Dang Snyder

Ms. Snyder is a multi-skilled development worker, specialized in psychosocial counseling, infant and young child health program, maternal health concerns, occupational safety and health, reproductive health and corporate social responsibility.  She has worked both in public and private sectors-public health and social services, as well as in the national and international NGOs.

Currently, she is Manager of the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) where she represented the employers in the formulation and finalization of DO 198-18 (IRR of OSH law).  She is also currently sitting in the TEC in the on-going revision of the OSH standards and Mental Health in the workplace implementation.

Before joining ECOP, Dang worked as a Program Officer of the Association for the Rights of Children in Southeast Asia (ARCSEA) formerly Arci Cultura Sviluppo (ARCS) where she worked on the Human Milk Bank Project of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and handled the project called “Strengthening the Lactation Support Program in the City of Manila” in coordination with public hospitals in Metro, Manila.

Dang studied Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1993 and later earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Social Work in the same university in 1999.  She passed the licensure examination for social workers given by the Professional Regulation Commission on the same year.


Ebrahim Mongratie

Inspirational Author, Mindfulness & Meditation coach

Ebrahim has 20+ years of leadership experience at International brands like TransUnion, Standard Chartered Bank, Woolworths and Standard Bank. Aside from his leadership experience, he studied Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Ebrahim believes that a new Business World is possible, where wise and compassionate leaders are able to inspire people to flourish into their highest human potential, igniting a Revolution in teams and organizations. Ebrahim is the author of 2 books, Thoughts of Perfection and An Enlightened Path to Self-Discovery. He is currently the Co-founder of MindFluence Inc. A new start-up in the Philippines, aiming to provide Mindful leadership training for organizations to help develop their leadership skills and build high performing teams, wellbeing, and sustainable success.


Miriam Azurin

Miriam is an experienced development manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization in policy analysis, global campaigning and coalition-building, and program and project management. Subject expertise in sustainable development, inclusive economies, gender equality, aid politics, corporate accountability, geopolitics, transparency and human rights.

She finished masters’ degree focused in public management from Ateneo de Manila University.



Register today and avail our early bird discount:

A 10% discount will be given if payment is received 7 days before the course commences. Payment on-site and walk-in participants will pay the regular fee.




August 14
12:00 am
₱8000 – ₱10000
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3F ECC Building
Makati City, Metro Manila 1200 Philippines


Unlimited available
ECOP Member8,000.00Maximize learning by attending as a group. Get 20% discount for group registrations with a minimum of 4pax. All registrants must be employed by the same company.
Unlimited available
Non-member10,000.00Maximize learning by attending as a group. Get 20% discount for group registrations with a minimum of 4pax. All registrants must be employed by the same company.
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