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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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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Have you ever stopped and asked yourself...Are you a fixer? Wanting to fix people's problems seems like the logical thing to do doesn't it? If someone is coming to you with a problem, they always want a solution right?Wrong!When someone talks to you about a problem sometimes they are simply seeking emotional support. The urge to fix someone's problem can be very strong but here is a couple of reasons why you shouldn't: 1. When you automatically go into fixing mode you are not listening to that person entirely. You are already thinking of a solution before they have finished telling you their problem!2. You are assuming they do not have the solution within themselves... Have you ever been talking…

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