Conversations about mental health issues in the workplace – how at ease are you?
Managers and staff are confronted with mental health issues with increasing regularity in organisations. For many people, this poses an added complexity to their roles and responsibilities.
- How prepared are you to have these conversations?
- How prepared do you want to be?
Mental health issues are all too common in Australian workplaces. It is estimated that, in any one year, approximately 20% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 are suffering from a mental illness. The most common mental illnesses are anxiety, depressive and substance use disorders. These realities of the modern workplace mean that an additional challenge is presented to, not only those suffering from mental health issues, but also their managers and colleagues. Mental health has recently been receiving increased attention in Australia, with the aim of widening support and decreasing the stigmatisation for those individuals affected by these issues. Increasing your own awareness in the workplace can greatly assist in these aims and, as a consequence, increase workplace harmony and productivity.
- how confident do you feel in your ability to recognise that a team member or colleague may have a mental health issue?
- how comfortable and confident do you feel in initiating a conversation about such an issue?
This newly-developed one day workshop can provide you with the knowledge, strategies and confidence to be able to meet these 21st century challenges in your organisation.
Specifically, the one day program will address these key issues:
- what is mental health?
- the mental health scene in Australia
- mental health issues in the workplace (including depression, anxiety)
- strategies for having a conversation relating to mental health issues - timing, what to say, what not to say, how to say it, making it meaningful and appropriate
- work-based practise sessions
The program is facilitated by Jackie McRae, Holistic First Aid, and Dr Genevieve Armson, Realisations Consultancy. Both facilitators are very experienced in contemporary adult learning principles, counselling and mental health issues. The program is practical, relevant, interactive and is carefully based on the mental health first aid guidelines.
The program can be tailored for managers, for staff or for a combined audience.