The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance have released a series of resources for emerging issues related to COVID-19. The Emerging Issues series provides organisations with insights and tips to address key challenges impacting workplace mental health while also offering guidance and support. Helping people return to workplaces after extended periods working at home during COVID-19 As staff physically return to the usual workplace with the easing of restrictions, many people may feel “re-entry anxiety” as they return to the office. This guide is designed to help organisations to understand and manage challenges employees returning to work may face. Strategies to support wellbeing of decision makers through periods of sustained pressure   COVID-19 has massively challenged decision makers as they have had to…

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Emotions play a critical role in how we live our lives, how we communicate with others and how we make decisions. But how often do we really think about how emotions; understanding + managing them play a role in our work life? First off, having good emotional intelligence goes far beyond benefiting you in the workplace, it is the foundation for living a meaningful life where you can communicate effectively, respond to situations in an appropriate manner and maintain positive relationships. This mentality where leaders, employees and all personnel understand how emotions are expressed and the impact they have on behaviour, is a fundamental part of mentally healthy workplaces. Managers and leaders are entering an era where creating a positive…

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Does your workplace deserve recognition as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Skilled Workplace? The MHFA Skilled Workplace Program celebrates workplaces for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training. It is a way of recognising organisations across Australia who invest in training their people with mental health first aid skills and also show a strong commitment to integrating MHFA into their culture. The Program attracts workplaces from an array of different industries and sizes. Participating in this program is a clear demonstration of your commitment to building a mentally healthy workplace, both to your staff and your external stakeholders. Why aim apply for recognition? · Celebrating your progress · Reinforcing your commitment · Assisting in communicating a broader vision…

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Workplaces routinely identify risks linked to physical safety. Some are minor such as tripping hazards and ergonomic work stations, through to catastrophic risks which are life threatening. For many workplaces though, the same priority level is not applied to employee mental health and wellbeing. Some organisations are increasingly recognising the benefits of looking after and investing in their people and proactively managing risks to mental health. Others are very early on in their journey and in some cases there are organisations who aren’t even interested. Regardless of your current approach to psychosocial safety in the workplace, now it is time to stand up and take notice. In June 2021, ISO 45003 'Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks…

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Australia’s largest annual survey for workplace mental health and wellbeing has been released, revealing the indicators of a thriving workplace. 61.8% of Australian workers will suffer a mental health condition in their lifetime, and nearly a quarter of them believe their workplace has caused it or made it worse. Reports like this one are essential in understanding what factors limit organisations in creating mentally healthy workplaces and how to create positive environments for employees to thrive. In this 2021 report, Australia’s thriving workplace score is 65.6/100, compared to 65.1 in 2020. The most important thing to note is that this number continues to climb from recent years - even through the pandemic. 83.8% of people in thriving workplaces plan on…

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Three key things have recently crossed my desk which I thought you might be interested in. South Australia leading the way as first state to adopt a Suicide Prevention Act The South Australian Parliament is the first Australian state to pass a Suicide Prevention Act, marking a national milestone for suicide prevention. This Bill is the first of its kind for any jurisdiction in Australia and is the result of extensive stakeholder and community consultation. It aims to reduce the incidence of suicide in South Australia and to deliver best practice suicide prevention strategies across the state. Not only is this an important piece of legislation for suicide prevention, it serves as a potential model for the Commonwealth and how…

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It is an interesting time for Australia with many border restrictions being relaxed and to re-open just in time for Christmas. For those in States who have had lockdowns and restrictions preventing them from entering other parts of Australia this is a welcome move. But for Territories and States who have been Covid free, this is no doubt causing anxiety at the thought of the virus entering your safe bubble. It is a hard pill to swallow to learn to ‘live with the virus’ when you have been virus free. It is normal to feel anxious, nervous or worried about the upcoming border opening and the unknown that brings. For those who have experienced extended lockdowns, you may have had…

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Welcome to this blog about exploring some of the things Rosie Bartlett, founder and Principal Consultant has observed while delivering mental health training. The programs delivered have ranged from courses such as Mental Health First Aid which focuses on identification and early intervention of mental illness, to proactive mental fitness and stress management and self-care initiatives in the workplace. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback hello@mindseyetraining.com.au   1. Some organisations get it and others don’t Like some really don’t…. Even the really big ones that should. A perfect example is when I delivered training in two large organisations in direct competition – Let’s call them organisation A and Organisation Z. Both courses were filled with high-level execs.  Organisation A…

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This is the fourth and final post in the series. Click to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part three here 7. A lot of people are fixers Being a fixer is great in the business sense. Someone comes to you with a problem and you help them fix it and you move on. Great! But we humans are complex beings who can’t always be fixed. Consider for a moment that someone might just want validation that they are allowed to feel like they do, or even empathy about how crappy their situation is. By trying to fix we: Are often trying to fix a problem we haven’t heardMake a heck load of assumptionsAssume someone wants/there is a solution to…

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This is the third post in the series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 here 5. People worry about ‘overstepping the line’ One of my key things I drum into my participants is the need to get curious. Yet so many people I meet are scared to ask the right questions because they believe they are meddling or overstepping a line into someone’s personal life. Let me be clear – Getting curious is a pathway to trust and shows you really care about the person and their situation. Now obviously there is curiosity and there is curiosity. The former is asking specific questions to learn more about the person and their individual situation so offer the appropriate emotional…

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This is a four part series. Did you miss part 1? 3. It is up to the workplace to create a culture of wellbeing conversations I had a participant in my course the other day look at me and say ‘As a manager If I were to try and casually approach one of my team, they would know something was up and would think it was weird. How do you overcome that?’ I smiled and gave him a wink and replied ‘that one is on you my friend’. Confused Participant: How is it on me? Me: If the only time you are checking in with your team is when they are not performing or you have concerns, how do you…

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During a lockdown or a Covid outbreak, the one thing as a leader you can’t provide to your team is certainty. Certainty about how long it will go on for, what impact this may have on the wider organisation or whether they (or you) will still have a job. The unknown on the back of uncertainty is a perfect storm for mental health turmoil. Perhaps you have seen an essential worker who doesn’t want to potentially be exposed to the virus, but feels pressured to go to work. Or maybe someone you know works in retail and is facing panic buying and aggressive customers. Or possibly a friend who runs a small local business which is paralysed by the pandemic.…

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