Mental Health In The Workplace

Are mental health concerns at work on the rise?
Increase awareness, reduce stigma and equip your staff with the knowledge, tools and strategies to discuss and manage mental health concerns safely.

Mental Health In The Workplace

1 hour - Part One

Resources: 2 page key learnings PDF summary

Delivery mode: Face-to-face or Virtual (MS Teams or Zoom)

Synopsis

The 1 hour Mental Health In The Workplace Seminar focuses on building a workplace culture that supports and promotes mental health by educating participants on how to identify key symptoms of mental health issues, while dealing with them effectively. Work-related examples of what not to say and what to say are discussed, particularly when providing feedback, engaging in group settings, and directly communicating with someone experiencing mental health issues. Role modelling exercises help participants practice common scenarios, with recommendations and resources provided to assist individuals experiencing mental health issues or a mental illness.

Key Learnings

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the mental health continuum
  • Define mental health versus mental health issues versus mental illness
  • Identify common symptoms of mental health issues and mental illness
  • Develop skills to support individuals experiencing a mental illness
  • Learn strategies to protect and enhance mental health in the workplace and create a positive workplace culture

Activities

What you’ll do

  • What to say and what not to say when discussing mental health issues
  • Identify stigmatising language
  • Group activity to identify the differences between mental health, mental health issues and mental illness.

2 hour - Part One & Two

Resources: 32 page activity booklet

Delivery mode: Face-to-face or Virtual (MS Teams or Zoom)

Synopsis

The 2 hour Mental Health In The Workplace Workshop covers everything in part one, plus provides statistics on mental health issues and mental illness in Australia, regarding psychological health and safety requirements. Participants will explore organisational mental health and the common characteristics of a “healthy” and “toxic” workplace. The legal responsibilities of employers and employees are also discussed to facilitate reasonable adjustments to workload policies and develop mental health workplace policies relative to each state and territory in Australia.

Key Learnings

What you’ll learn

  • Solidify and expand on learnings from part one with a focus on:
  • Explore mental health statistics in Australia, and the direct and in-direct impact of psychological hazards in the workplace
  • Understand factors/characteristics of a mentally healthy vs. mentally unhealthy workplace
  • Understand legal obligations and responsibilities relative to mental health in each state/territory of Australia
  • Understand the Workplace Health and Safety Act and the definition of psychological health in relation to WH&S

Activities

What you’ll do

  • Part one activities plus:
  • Identify characteristics of mentally healthy and toxic workplace environments
  • Identify and discuss the main mental health concerns in the team, department and workplace and the level of control each individual has over these.
  • Q&A with expert facilitator

3 hour - Part One, Two & Three

Resources: 32 page activity booklet

Delivery mode: 3 hour (half-day) face-to-face or Virtual (MS Teams or Zoom)

Synopsis

The 3 hour manager-specific Mental Health In The Workplace Workshop covers parts one and two, as well as upskilling managers and leaders to effectively manage employees with mental health issues. Legal requirements of managers in reporting and handling mental health issues, together with steps to create a psychologically safe workplace are discussed to help managers improve employee mental health and reduce the risk of psychological hazards.

Key Learnings

What you’ll learn

  • Solidify and expand on learnings from part one and two with a focus on:
  • Understand key influences as a manager: what can and can’t be controlled when creating a psychologically safe workplace?
  • Explore role modelling behaviours
  • Learn management of workload and reasonable adjustments policy
  • Understand signs and symptoms to look out for in relation to mental health issues and mental illness
  • Learn the Four-Part message: how to effectively structure communication to get the best out of employees and handle mental health issues with compassion, understanding and empathy. Avoiding aggressive, defensive and passive communication styles.

Activities

What you’ll do

  • Part one & two activities plus:
  • Managerial & Leadership skills: what can and can’t be controlled in creating a mentally healthy workplace
  • The Four-Part message role play and real-life examples of how to handle difficult or confronting conversations
  • In-depth discussions around challenges concerning a team, department and workplace.

Benefits

For your Team

  • Awareness and identification of symptoms accompanying mental health issues verse mental illness
  • Opportunity for early recognition and support of team members
  • Development of appropriate communication skills to manage mental health issues sensitively and safely
  • Recognition and avoidance of stigmatising language helping to create a more inclusive and understanding team environment
  • In depth understanding of mental health issues impacting Australian workplaces including the impact of psychological hazards in the workplace
  • Categorisation of mentally healthy verse mentally toxic workplaces

For Managers: 

  • Identification and understanding of legal responsibilities and obligations related to the management of psychosocial hazards in the workplace
  • Understanding of effective workload management and reasonable adjustment policies legally available to support employees
  • Effective communication and feedback tools for handling employee mental health issues including responding with empathy and compassion using the four-part message
  • Participation in role play and real life scenarios to equip managers to handing challenging conversations and situations effectively including life threatening episodes

Benefits

For your Organisation

  • Development of a positive workplace culture that promotes mental health and wellbeing
  • Risk reduction of psychological hazards and workplace stress contributing to a toxic work environment and WorkCover claims
  • Professional and personal development of employees and managers 
  • Reduced staff turnover, absenteeism and presenteeism as a result of ongoing mental health issues exacerbated by a toxic or mentally unhealthy workplace
  • Management of mental health issues in alignment with legal and ethical standards

Investment

Benefit from package discounts of up to 25% when booking more than 4 workshops per year. See below for more details on Packages.

Looking to book a one-off workshop? Click the button below to complete the form and we’ll send you a full workshop synopsis with investment details for groups of 6-200 participants per workshop. 1 hour seminars start from $15 per person ranging to $79.95 per person depending on group size.

Workshop Packages

Take the hassle out of workplace wellbeing with our tailored workshop packages encompassing a variety of topics targeting individual wellbeing and organisational performance

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Suitable for

Organisations/individuals looking to increase mental health awareness, reduce stigma, build a positive workplace culture, identify potential psychological risks and hazards, equip staff with the knowledge, tools and strategies to discuss mental health concerns safely, and effectively manage all psychological issues with reference to rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers in the workplace.

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

The Wellness Workshop’s range of wellbeing workshops include evidence-based workshops to improve, support and enhance individual and organisational wellbeing, performance and productivity. Every workshop is created by our team of experts, on a range of specific topics, which are carefully crafted to include proven strategies and activities that motivate and engage your team members. All workshops and seminars include professionally designed learning materials and presentations that are visually appealing and interesting, and a whole lot better than a boring PowerPoint. 

Our aim is to make things as easy and enjoyable for you and your team. In addition to beautifully designed presentation materials, workshop materials and an emotionally engaging facilitator who will get your team talking, we’ll also provide you with a custom calendar appointment and graphically designed poster you can share digitally or print out to promote your upcoming workshop. If you’re booking a virtual workshop, we’ll also set up the workshop link on Zoom or MS Teams, and give you the option of recording your workshop for $599 with unlimited use. For face-to-face workshops, your investment includes travel, set-up, pack-down and facilitation at your workplace or chosen venue. We’ll also provide all printed materials for each participant to keep.

Every team member and facilitator at The Wellness Workshop is either an allied health practitioner who currently works in the industry, is degree qualified and a member of their relevant industry body, or an accredited and certified coach who has completed a range of qualifications relevant to the subject area. We do not hire casual facilitators and pride ourselves on providing your team with highly trained, highly experienced practitioners who are legally permitted to answer specific questions relevant to each workshop topic.

Workshops are 2 or more hours in length and include time for discussion, activities and interaction with the facilitator. Participants also get the opportunity to ask more questions and explore examples that are relevant to them. All 2+ hour workshops come with beautifully designed 32-40 page participant booklets that include key learnings, activities and additional materials. Seminars are 1 hour in length and more condensed with less detail. They are suitable for organisations who might not have the opportunity to block out 2 hours for a workshop. Seminars come with 2 page PDF summaries outlining key points from the session.

Our range of wellness workshop topics focus on either improving individual wellbeing, individual productivity, organisational wellbeing or organisational productivity and performance. Some topics may cover a range of areas but most will include strategies for improving psychological, physical and/or vocational enhancement.

Of course! We work with a wide variety of public, private and non-for-profit organisations who value employee and workplace wellbeing. We’ll get to know you and your team, understand your needs and help you decide on the most suitable topics and format that fit your criteria.

Workshop and seminar pricing is based on the duration of the workshop, format of the workshop (face-to-face or virtual) and how many participants you want to include. You can also benefit from group discounts for bookings of more than 4 x workshops per year with our range of Wellbeing Programs and Workshop Package options. Workshops start from $1199 for up to 15 x employees, with opportunity to increase to as much as 299 x participants.

Recordings are available to purchase and are professionally edited by our team to include an intro, outro, music bed and editing of any non-relevant content or activity time that generally isn’t enjoyable for an individual to watch. You can purchase the unlimited use recording of your workshop for $599.

As much as hybrid workshops sound like a good idea, we’ve run hundreds of workshops over the past 6 years and can tell you they’re not. Hybrid workshops don’t allow your team members or the facilitator to move around, interact and use a range of activity methods like white-boards and break out discussions when face-to-face. Unless you have a full camera crew and microphone on each participant, face-to-face workshops are very difficult to engage in for participants dialling in online or from home. If you’re going to take the time to prioritise employees and run a workshop, why not do it right by either having a face-to-face or online session everyone can enjoy. If another provider has told you hybrid workshops are a good idea, we’d really question the emotionally engaging component of their facilitation style. 

Of course! If you don’t have a suitable workplace to run a face-to-face workshop (e.g. a factory, farm or work-site) we can book a suitable venue at one of our venue partner sites around Melbourne. Venues come with everything you need including a projector or TV screen, comfortable seating, toilets and a range of amenities.

We’re so glad you’ve asked this, because it means you’re really thinking about what’s best for your workplace and employees. The Wellness Workshop was built by our Founder, Melani De Sousa who suffered five mental illnesses over two decades. Melani’s passion, commitment and dedication to improving individual and organisational wellbeing shines through everything we do. Our Australian run and owned business team take the time to care, listen and connect with your employees. We don’t talk at you. We listen, we engage and we ask questions. We’re not in it for the profit, we’re in it for the passion. We love seeing our clients succeed and flourish. And we have no doubt that if you’re engaging us, you’re a forward thinking organisation who cares and invests in their people.

Facilitators

Facilitator, Conversation Specialist & Conflict Coach

Founder, Mental Health Ambassador & Lived Experience Facilitator

Registered Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist

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