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Mental health awareness programs

The term 'mental health' refers to how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. It is how people look at themselves, their lives, and the other people in their lives; evaluate the challenges and the problems; and explore choices. This includes handling stress, relating to other people, and making decisions.

The benefits of having positive mental health to individuals and workplaces are significant. The Department's health, safety and wellbeing vision is to have 'healthy people achieving quality educational and training outcomes in safe and supportive working and learning environments'.

As important as our physical health is safeguarding our mental health.

Within DET, workplaces are encouraged to establish a Wellbeing Committee or to include staff wellbeing as a standing agenda item on the Workplace Health and Safety Committee's agenda. Individual workplaces are encouraged to develop staff wellbeing programs that meet the needs of staff and focus on improving wellbeing. More information on developing a staff wellbeing program at your workplace is available on the DET Staff Wellbeing site (DETE employees only).

Positive Mental Health Workshops

Your regional Human Resources Unit may be able to assist you to locate suitable presenters to provide a positive mental health workshop or presentation.

The Department's external Employee Assistance Program provider Optum offers a range of workshops and presentations, on a fee for service basis.

Mental Health First Aid Workshops and Presentations

Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

This 2 day course is ideal for all Principals, Managers and Supervisors of staff and is also recommended training for all workplace Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinators.

The 2 day MHFA course covers the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, strategies for providing initial assistance and skills to deal with mental health crisis situations.

This fee-for-service course attempts to provide participants with knowledge of the most common mental health issues and a framework for approaching people that is evidenced based.

For workplaces wanting to arrange a MHFA course for staff, please visit the Mental Health First Aid website for more information or contact Sue Alderton in the Organisational Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

For further information contact:

Sue Alderton
Principal Consultant
Organisational Safety and Wellbeing
Telephone: (07) 3513 6566

Useful resources and links

Psychological wellbeing links and resources (DETE employees only)

Mental Health Association of Australia

Lifeline Australia

Beyondblue External Link

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