Training: Workplace Wellness –
Promoting Mentally Healthy Workplaces
Workplace Wellness is an interactive training program designed to provide employees and managers with practical strategies to manage mental health problems, illness and promote a mentally healthy workplace. It is designed as a workplace awareness, early intervention and prevention program.
Workplace Wellness is about fostering healthy workplace choices and supportive environments, enhancing positive social connections, organisational resilience, and promoting healthy lifestyles. This training also makes good business sense – by addressing mental health issues and engaging in activities that can significantly improve employee engagement and team cohesiveness in the short-term and lead to reduced absenteeism and mental health claims, increased productivity and improved corporate image in the longer term. By investing in your workplace wellness you will benefit from increased knowledge and understanding on what constitutes a mentally healthy workplace and what you can do to support yourself, individuals and teams to alleviate or prevent development of mental health issues.
Workplace Wellness utilises an interactive and informative style to delivering current evidence based techniques to promoting mental health and wellbeing. The interactive delivery style allows for training to be tailored to individuals needs and has opportunities to apply learning through the use of case studies tailored to your workplace.
Since all workplaces have different requirements, agendas, stakeholders and internal stressors, a tailored approach to this training is needed to ensure the training meets your business requirements. Therefore, prior to conducting the training, a thorough assessment of your workplace training needs is highly recommended. Call us on (03) 9527 5443 to discuss.
Workplace Wellness covers the nuts and bolts of how to create a mentally healthy workplace:
- The impact of stress on workplace wellness and mental health
- Mental health issues defined: statistics, main types and warning signs
- Impact of mental health condition on the workplace
- The components of a mentally healthy workplace
- Supporting staff with mental health conditions
- Employer and manager obligations (Occupational Health and Safety) to create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone
- Strategies to address mental health issues in the workplace, including how to appropriately talk about specific conditions (such as depression, anxiety, substance dependency, sleeping problems) in the workplace
- Positive supports and tips for managing stress at work
- When and where to go for help
- Promoting resilience – how to take care and boost resources for yourself and other employees
Learning outcomes/ benefits
An important step in creating a workplace that is healthy and safe for all employees is through increased ‘knowledge and understanding’ of what makes a mentally healthy workplace:
- Raise awareness and decrease the stigma associated with mental health issues.
- Understand the relationship between stress and mental health (concepts defined)
- Recognise signs of stress and mental health issues.
- Improve staff attitudes towards mental health issues, by addressing stereotypes and myths.
- Benefits of creating a mentally healthy workplace
- The workplace factors which can contribute to an individual’s mental health (adversely or positively)?
- Learn or reinforce strategies to promote a mentally healthy workplace
- Increase self-confidence to support someone seeking help through increased awareness and understanding of mental health strategies and resources
- Improve understanding of resilience, and ways to support self and other staff and boost mental health.
Nicole Plotkin is a registered psychologist and trainer. She has worked with organisations and employee issues around mental health, conflict, communication, rehabilitation, change management and loss and grief for over 15 years.
When she is not training, she works in a private psychology practise addressing clients’ mental health or personal development needs using evidence-based coaching and counselling techniques.
Her clinical expertise, engaging approach and knowledge of what is needed to create mentally healthy workplaces is shared throughout the training experience.