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For Managers


​​Lead and Learn Program

A message from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres​​​​​​:


Leaders and managers play an essential role in ensuring that the UN System supports good mental health. This includes creating a positive work environment and supporting personnel who are experiencing a mental health condition. The UN Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy Team has partnered with the United Nations System Staff College to develop a mental health online learning programme for leaders and managers. The Workplace Mental Health and Well-being - Lead and Learn programme helps ensure that managers and leaders have the knowledge, skills, and accountability to support staff and create a flourishing workplace.​

​A message from the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Martha Helena Lopez:



Objective of the Programme

The Programme aims to develop UN leaders and managers’ knowledge, skills, and accountability, to support the mental health and well-being of personnel and create healthy, respectful, productive workplaces.​

Introduction to the Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being: Lead and Learn Programme​


“Happy healthy people perform at their best, as a unit and as individuals” ​


​​The Benefits of a Mentally Healthy UN System Workplace

  1. ​​It impacts on your staff, your team/s and yourself
  2. It has impacts for your role and performance as a Manager and/or Leader
  3. It is good for individual Agencies and the work of the UN system
  4. It is the right thing to do in terms of humanitarian responsibility
  5. There are legal implications



​​How to support staff who are experiencing a mental health problem   

Mental Health Resources for Leaders and Managers

FACTSHEET 1:  Why is mental health and well-being important?

  • Introduction – why your mental health as a manager matter
  • Promoting well-being and managing mental health in the workplace
  • Actions you can take 


FACTSHEET 2: How can you improve mental health and well-being?

  • A comprehensive approach includes:  
  • Collective Impact, Supporting Others, and Yourself 
  • Knowledge – Building Literacy, Taking Action, and Leadership & Management Style 
  • Getting Started: Three Key steps 
  • Build your roadmap 
  • Choose some key strategies to get started  
  • Put your roadmap into action


PODCAST: Lead & Learn: Mental Health and Wellbeing for Managers and Leaders - Why it is important and how you can improve it? 

  • A 20 minute introduction to why this is important and what you can do as leaders and managers with insights by two experts, Ruan Boshoff and Daniela Menes.
  • It includes:
    • What are some practical tips you have for leaders and managers about what they can do to help their team and individuals and function as a role model?
    • What are some common questions you hear from leaders and managers about self-care, what are their needs?


Mental health toolkit for managers

How managers can navigate the crisis

Managers more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than other employees​

The role of leaders and line managers



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