Anxiety and Depression 101

Anxiety and Depression 101


Mental illness is the world’s leading cause of disability according to the World Health Organization.  This trend in mental illness was growing steadily before the global pandemic appeared in 2020. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the prevalence of mental illness has increased. Statistics Canada in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada ran a survey to better understand the mental health of Canadian adults.  The data was collected between September to December 2020.  Results showed that about one in five (21%) Canadian adults aged 18 and older screened positive for at least one of three mental disorders that were assessed: major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

Experts predict that the mental health impact of this pandemic will be felt for years.  We already know that the construction industry is fraught with high levels of stress, mental illness, and suicide.  Therefore, we need to be diligent in managing our own health, addressing any symptoms early, and being there for others who may be struggling. 

Our webinar on Anxiety and Depression 101 is intended to give you the tools to do just that. 

What Will Participants Learn? 

  • An appreciation of why anxiety and depression have been on the rise
  • A refresher on the mental health continuum and understanding our nervous system
  • What is anxiety and how to identify signs and symptoms
  • Methods to reduce anxiety and when someone may need professional help
  • How to name 3 types of mood disorders and what puts someone at risk
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of depression and the types of treatment
  • The differences and similarities between anxiety and depression
  • Taking care of your’s and your family’s mental health on a daily basis


Delivery Method:  Virtual Session – Zoom Webinar 

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and upon completion a digital certificate if requested.   


This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.

Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.


There are no prerequisites for this session. 

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is seeking a better understanding of anxiety and depression, it's impact on their lives and work.

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory)– in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair